Widnes Community Group welcomes Mayor of Halton as part of Falls Awareness Week

As part of Halton’s Falls Awareness Week (16th – 20th June), the Mayor of Halton along with elected members of Halton Borough Council joined the St John Fisher Church Hall group in Widnes to take part in some fun activities and learn how keeping active can reduce the risk of a fall in later life.

As we age, we lose strength and mobility which can contribute to a risk of falls. Yet keeping active can help to reduce this risk increasing bone and muscle strength and improving your balance.

Throughout the week, the Halton Health Improvement Team and its partners have been touring the borough to promote the message ‘Healthy Bones, Happy Feet’.

At St John Fisher Church Hall this week, the Mayor and elected members joined a Tai Chi taster session delivered by Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust.

Tai Chi is a great way to improve balance and muscle strength as well as being an excellent way to keep fit and active in later life. Age is no barrier – many clients coming to Tai Chi are in their 80’s and 90’s proving that keeping an active healthy lifestyle can make a real difference to growing old.

Following the Tai Chi, the group then moved onto their weekly new age bowling and kurling competition. These activities can be tailored for those people who may be less mobile.

There are a range of social sports activities organised by Halton Borough Council for older adults, where you can exercise at your own pace and meet new people.

For more information check out our website or call Paula Parle at Halton Borough Council on 0151 511 8550.

Falls Prevention Exercise Classes

Although Falls Awareness week ended on 20th June, the Health Improvement Team continues to offer falls prevention exercise classes throughout the year. For more information, call the team on 0300 300 0103.

For further information about the content of this news release, please contact the Halton Health Improvement Communications Team on 0151 495 5450.

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