Brake Farm residents get moving with health class

Residents took part in a health check-up and movement class as they welcomed Livewell Southwest and Attik Dance to Brake Farm.

Those attending started the morning by taking part in a voluntary health check-up that included recording weight, height, fat percentage, Body Max Index (BMI) and Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR).

Members of Livewell Southwest then asked residents to fill in questionnaires that focused on how they were feeling, health priorities, nutritionally choices and exerciseHousing Officer Jackie Day said: “We’ve got tenants from different schemes here and this allows everyone to meet new people and they are able to get advice on healthy living and the different options that are available to them and things that are provided that they may not be aware of.

“We are effectively bringing the health check to the home and it allows people who would normally not be able to see their GP unaided to take advantage of it coming to them. There are so many benefits to monitoring your health and it ultimately can help residents live independently for longer.”

The second part of the morning involved a movement class delivered by Ben Dunks of Attik Dance who took the residents through a series of movements and exercises using therabands.

“The dance and movement session at the end is just a bit of fun and always gets a lot of laughter and just makes everyone feel better,” explained Jackie.

“We held a similar session at Camel’s Head and everyone was really engaged and it is the same here today. People are having such good fun when they’re dancing and joining in that they forget they are actually moving and exercising.

“They all comment saying they can feel the benefit of it and come back for more.”