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1 Fit as a Fiddle a Holistic Approach to Physical Activity and Exercise Jackie Hayhoe fit as a fiddle Portfolio Manager

2 Why is Fit as a Fiddle Needed The older you are the less you participate. (A vision for 2020, Sport England 2004) Among people older than 65, 12% cannot manage walking outside on their own and 9% cannot manage the stairs unaided. 25% of women and 7 % of men do not have sufficient leg strength to get out of a chair without using their arms. 20% of women and 14% of men over 50 do not have the flexibility to wash their hair comfortably. (Skelton et al 1998)

3 What is Fit as a Fiddle A Holistic Approach to Improving the Health and Well Being of Older People

4 About Fit as a Fiddle £15.1m funding from Big Lottery over 5 years 24 different projects delivered across the England by over 500 organisations 2 national programmes Award winning programme Recognition from the European Commission and World Health Organisation Externally evaluated and validated

5 280,000 older people taking part in physical activity

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9 265,123 older people eating more healthily

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11 Recruited and worked with 4600 volunteers

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13 Interim Evaluation Findings 21% of fit as a fiddle participants have “not good” health 42% of fit as a fiddle participants have a limiting longstanding illness 76% of fit as a fiddle participants were women 25% of fit as a fiddle participants are aged over average age for men 70.5 average age for women 83.8% of fit as a fiddle participants were white British, but higher than average attendances with 4.3% Asian or Asian British: Indian 2.53% Asian or Asian British: Pakistani Source Ecorys Interim Evaluation Report, October 2011

14 The impacts….. 33% increase in the amount of walking reported between the start of fit as a fiddle and 3 months afterwards An average increase per person from 60 minutes of physical activity per week, to 77.5 minutes per week An increase in strength and balance exercise with a median of 70 minutes per week, rising to 92.5 minutes per week at the end of fit as a fiddle and then rising again to 120 minutes. A 71% increase from baseline. 13% increase in the amount of fruit and vegetables eaten, rising from 4 to 4.5 Increased levels of independence and opportunities for social inclusion leading to reduced isolation

15 The real impacts…… “After suffering from ME for 25 years I am now experiencing a big improvement in my health” “I couldn’t even get out of the bath….so I stopped having baths. Since I’ve been coming I can now do that” “I feel much more confident that I’m not going to fall” “I found within the first 6 weeks, my doctor was saying what are you doing?” “I can now brush my hair”

16 THANK YOU Any Questions Jackie Hayhoe


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