25th November 2022
How physical activity can support the reduction of health inequalities
A Hastings doctor and his colleague were worthy winners at this year’s Sussex Sports Awards.
Dr David Fox and Kirsten Adams from Hastings PCN were named winners of the Health Improvement Award on Thursday (November 24).
The pair were nominated for their work in recognising the importance of physical activity for health and how it can support the reduction of health inequalities in Hastings.
Dr Fox approached Public Health to develop this project and through collective conversations the new service was proposed.
Funding was awarded through Hastings Primary Care Network to Active Hastings to employ a GP physical activity link worker, a youth PA link worker and a social marketing and communications officer.
The aim of this service is to increase the physical activity levels of young people and adults who are not achieving the recommended level of physical activity, in particular those who are considered inactive.
The service focuses on people with long term health conditions and people living in the areas of the town with the worst health and wellbeing outcomes.
A recent Mind and Muscle programme for men received 84 sign ups from the text alert system for a programme of 12 and additional courses had to be added.