In 2013 the Council refocused its sport and leisure services towards testing programmes with partners, based on behaviour change principles. The local authority targeted adults who were the most inactive or were at “high risk” of health conditions where evidence showed that the health outcomes and well-being could be improved by undertaking physical activity. Examples of programmes include:
- Beat – targeting those at risk of Type 2 diabetes
- Now’s The Time (NTT) – a four year programme using community outreach behaviour change interventions, successful in encouraging over 2,000 sedentary adults into physical activity in Thamesmead and also establishing a stronger volunteer base in the area.
Beat and NTT are time limited and will be concluding in their current format once the partner funding comes to an end in 2018.
The following programmes will be continuing / starting in 2018
- Oomph – early intervention for people with mild dementia or mild cognitive impairment and partially funded through Adult Social Care. (The council is also exploring an extension of the Oomph programme through social or other external funding)
- This Mum Can – a new grant funded pilot programme to promote physical activity through pregnancy as part of the This Girl Can campaign.
In addition, as referenced earlier the Steps to Health programme is delivered through the Leisure Centre contract.
- Steps to Health – Over 1,400 people now access exercise on referral (referred by their GP’s) at the borough’s 3 leisure centres,