Gentle approach to exercise helps residents

Residents at one of our housing with support schemes really got into the spirit of their armchair exercise session by donning sweatbands and leg warmers.

Tenants at Leypark Court were taking part in a One You event in their communal lounge. One You is a health initiative led by One You Plymouth.

PCH staff worked in partnership with One You and the Elder Tree Befriending Service to put the special event on for tenants.

The event kicked off with a quiz so residents could highlight areas of their health they may like to focus on – perhaps eating better or exercising more.

The armchair exercise session, led by Louise Barnes from Elder Tree, followed a talk by One You’s Tracy Ford, who suggested small changes residents could make to improve their health.

A healthy buffet lunch ended the session and everyone was able to chat about what they’d learned and what they’d like to do more of in future.

Last year, we introduced New Home New You, which sees new tenants given help to improve their health and wellbeing.

Kat Wellock, Housing with Support Administrator, said: “We wanted to offer something special around health and wellbeing to our housing with support tenants, so we decided to host this pilot taster session. 

“Tracy talked about healthy living and the little changes they could make, and residents did a health quiz. The feedback from residents about the event was very positive. We will hopefully do this at other schemes.

“We may even incorporate a health and wellbeing quiz into residents’ ongoing support. The quiz can highlight areas where they might want to make some changes, and we can signpost them to further help.”

Resident Jenette Austin, who came dressed for the occasion in legwarmers and a tutu, said: “I wanted to do more exercise and try and get a little fitter.”

Tracey Ford, of One You, said: “We just want to help people feel fit and well. The residents really engaged with us.”

Take part in the How Are You?  quiz here.