Carnforth gets active

Friday, 21 April 2017 Carnforth gets active

More than half of people who attended a free nutrition and exercise programme in Carnforth have reported reductions in their cholesterol, weight and the level of pain they experience on a daily basis.


The free-of-charge health programme known as ‘Active Lives’ is a diet, nutrition and exercise project being run in Carnforth by the local NHS, and Lancaster City Council employees from Salt Ayre Leisure Centre.

The initiative was introduced into the Carnforth Integrated Care Community (ICC) - with the support of Sarah Baines, the Integrated Care Coordinator for the Carnforth ICC and Dr David Wrigley, the lead GP for the Carnforth ICC - to address the increasing number of people suffering joint problems in the area whilst encouraging people to achieve a healthy weight through lifestyle changes.

People who attended the first ‘Active Lives’ programme in Carnforth have reported a range of benefits:


blood glucose levels, with an average reduction of over 6%


 The programme consists of a two hour session each week for 12 weeks. The sessions are fun, interactive and provide nutritional advice, weight loss management and individual exercise programmes.

All patients registered at Ash Trees GP Surgery in Carnforth who had a Body Mass index (BMI) between 25 and 34.9, and who had been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in the past two years were invited to take part in the ‘Active Lives’ programme. It is hoped that encouraging patients with osteoarthritis to exercise could prolong the life of their joints.

As the programme aims for long term changes, participants, along with their friends and family, now attend weekly sessions to continue their exercise. With support from the Active Lives team members; Erik and Andy, the participants have also organised a weekly walking group.

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