CHAMPs on the Move Let’s get moving!
Following on from Kate Kennally, Cornwall Council’s Chief Executive’s, message to staff on the 18 November 2016 ‘Striving to Bridge the Gap in Inequality and health’, which talks about the launch of Cornwall’s physical activity strategy and how we need to get 50,000 more people active by 2020. It also talks about the importance of finding smarter ways to encourage people to be more active.
Many people with learning disabilities are at risk of illness caused by inactivity and have high BMI readings. To ensure that this important message is reached by this group of Cornwall’s residents we are having our‘CHAMPs on the Move’ events. These roadshow style events will enable people with learning disabilities to walk a mile, followed by a talk about physical activity followed by some wake and shake style dancing. There will also be information stalls about health and wellbeing information for people with learning disabilities and their carers’.
The launch was on the 28 February in Penzance and was opened by Cllr Jim McKenna and Michael Lovegrove, Mayor of Penzance. We were fortunate to have some sunshine and the walk was well attended by both professionals and service users. CHAMP, Katie Wheeler, who led the dancing, said “It was great to see people with learning disabilities getting active and having fun.”
Shelagh and the CHAMPs team would like to extend their thanks to Elizabeth, Tess, Geraldine, Eileen, Lewis and Joe for all their help in making the event successful. It is so important that this key health message, of being more active, is delivered to people with learning disabilities and autism in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
So in the words of Brucie…..” Let’s get moving”