Patients, visitors and staff at Dudley’s Russells Hall Hospital are now able to get active by making use of the free outdoor gym that has been opened onsite.
This is thought to be the first time that such a gym has been created at a hospital in the country thanks to a link up between health bosses and council officials. Equipment such as outdoor treadmills and bikes have been fitted this week near to the Action Heart Centre at the hospital, off High Street, Pensnett
The gym will be specifically targeted for use by people with heart conditions and people referred through Dudley’s exercise referral programme.
These rehabilitation services and referral programmes are run by the Action Heart charity on behalf of Dudley Council’s Office of Public Health.But the new facility will be made available to everyone to encourage as many people as possible to enjoy a healthier lifestyle.Dudley Council’s public health boss, Councillor Stuart Turner, said: “In Dudley we have a long track record of providing a nationally recognised cardiac rehabilitation service and exercise referral programme.
”Chief executive at the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, Paula Clark, added: “The rehabilitation and referral programmes aim to establish long term physical activity habits with our service users so that they can sustain a healthy level of physical exercise.”The idea behind having the gym at the hospital is that the service users get trained to use it so that they are confident to carry on using the ones in the community settings.”Officials at Dudley Council have also revealed plans to cut waistlines in the borough late last year after it emerged 15,000 young people were deemed overweight.
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