Old School Surgery in Pontyclun has joined forces with RHA to launch a new walking group for patients.
The group, which will hold its first walk on Wednesday March 4, aims to encourage patients to get fit and healthy without the need to join a gym.
It’s being supported by RHA (formerly known as Rhondda Housing Association) as part of the BeActive programme which promotes activities to improve physical and mental health throughout the Rhondda Cynon Taf area.
Dr Paula Varma, who works at Old School Surgery and will be taking part in the walk with practice team members, said, “We’re really enthusiastic to promote health and wellbeing and make it easier for people in the area to take part in activities that will make them feel better and healthier.
“We know that going to the gym can be quite intimidating so wanted to provide an alternative that is easy to do, is in the fresh air and is open to people of all abilities and ages.
“There’s no pressure to be a fast walker and the less exercise you do now, the more you can benefit from taking part, so come and join the fun!”
The walking group is open to everyone who wants to improve their general fitness and wellbeing.
Patients showing early signs of diabetes (pre-diabetic) are also being actively encouraged to attend.
Diabetes is a growing problem affecting many people but a change to diet and taking regular exercise can help to prevent it developing in people who are showing signs of the condition.
The walking group will be meeting every Wednesday at 10am at the Thirsty Elephant Coffee shop in Cowbridge Road, Pontyclun and the first walk will be setting off on March 4.
The group will be led by a qualified walking leader, it’s free to take part and dog-friendly. The first route will be circular around Pontyclun, heading towards Lanelay Hall taking in Talbot Green Recreation Ground and back along the river to the starting point. It will last around one hour.
Steph Duffy, Health and Wellbeing Officer at RHA, who is working with the surgery to develop the walking group said, “We know how beneficial it is to walk regularly and we would encourage anyone who wants to improve their fitness and wellbeing to take part in this group.
“It’s a fantastic way to exercise but is also really important on the social side and is a great opportunity to meet people in the local community and feel connected.
“We’ll be developing lots of different routes, varying in distance and duration, to ensure there are options available that suit everyone’s needs. I can’t wait to get started!”
To take part in the group contact Steph on 01443 424272 or turn up at the Thirsty Elephant at 10am on March 4th. Participants are advised to wear trainers or walking shoes and comfortable clothes.
The walking group is part of a range of services in the community that are being highlighted as part of Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board’s #YourLocalTeam campaign.
The campaign aims to raise awareness of the range of professionals in the community who can help patients without the need to go to the GP.
To find out more visit www.cwmtafmorgannwg.wales or follow #YourLocalTeam on social media.