Local News for Friday 26th October 2018
NHS WI PROMOTES HEALTH WALKS IN BALLALAN
NHS Western Isles’ Health Promotion Department was delighted to accept an invitation to attend the ‘Cairdean Cordail Ceann a Loch’ older people’s group in Balallan recently.
Karen Peteranna, Health Practitioner at NHSWI, discussed the UK physical activity guidelines for adult and older adults and the many benefits of physical activity such as improved sleep, helping to maintain a healthy weight, managing stress, and improving quality of life.
Walking was promoted with the group as a simple way to increase physical activity; most people can join in, there is no cost to taking part and you don’t need special equipment. Undertaking exercises that improve your strength and balance on two days each week can help older adults stay active and independent in everyday life and reduce the risk of falls. A Health Walk is a free, short, social, local, low-level, led walk which can be anything from 10 minutes to 60 minutes long – depending on the ability of the group.