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Active Sefton’s Couch to 5k Community Programme

Active Sefton’s brilliant couch to 5K programme gets bigger & better each year and this time it’s back at Litherland Sports Park (L21 7LA). 

This is a FREE 10 week programme designed to get participants running non-stop for 30 minutes.

The last programme ended on a high with participants running the Park Run 5k together! The next programme starts on October 2nd and runs every Monday & Wednesday at from 6-7pm.

Call 0151 934 2340 for further information, or just turn up and take part.  

WEEK 1
Begin with a brisk five-minute walk, then alternate 60 seconds of running and 90 seconds of walking, for a total of 20 minutes.

WEEK 2
Begin with a brisk five-minute walk, then alternate 90 seconds of running with two minutes of walking, for a total of 20 minutes.

WEEK 3
Begin with a brisk five-minute walk, then two repetitions of 90 seconds of running, 90 seconds of walking, three minutes of running and three minutes of walking.

WEEK 4
Begin with a brisk five-minute walk, then three minutes of running, 90 seconds of walking, five minutes of running, two-and a half minutes of walking, three minutes of running, 90 seconds of walking and five minutes of running.

WEEK 5
Workout one: a brisk five-minute walk, then five minutes of running, three minutes of walking, five minutes of running, three minutes of walking and five minutes of running.

Workout two: a brisk five-minute walk, then eight minutes of running, five minutes of walking and eight minutes of running.

Workout three: a brisk five-minute walk, then 20 minutes of running, with no walking.

WEEK 6
Workout one: a brisk five-minute walk, then five minutes of running, three minutes of walking, eight minutes of running, three minutes of walking and five minutes of running.

Workout two: a brisk five-minute walk, then 10 minutes of running, three minutes of walking and 10 minutes of running.

Workout three: a brisk five-minute walk, then 25 minutes of running with no walking.

WEEK 7
Begin with a brisk five-minute walk, then 25 minutes running.

WEEK 8
Begin with a brisk five-minute walk, then 28 minutes of running.

WEEK 9
Begin with a brisk five-minute walk, then 30 minutes of running.

WEEK 10
Begin with a brisk five-minute walk, then take part in a Parkrun 5K.

Working together to prevent suicide

The Samaritans are supporting the ‘30 Days of Sefton In Mind’ Campaign – to spread the word about local services and activities available to people in Sefton to improve their mental health.

Since 2010, the partnership between National Rail and Samaritans has been developed to reduce the number of deaths on the railway, and has so far been reported as a success in suicide prevention. 

In 2015/16 there were 252 suicides on the railway – 35 fewer deaths than the year before. National Rail and the Samaritans believe that a world leading suicide prevention programme that they now offer to staff, has contributed to this significant 12 per cent reduction.

Southport & District Samaritans want to strengthen this relationship at a local level with National Rail, Merseyrail and the British Transport Police, to show the public and the staff involved with the railway, that people care, and that there is someone to talk to.

Every suicide leaves a lasting affect on family and friends, as well as rail staff, commuters and the wider community. Southport & District Samaritans hold regular outreach events at Southport train station to reinforce that we are here, within the community, ready to listen if someone wants to reach out.

Charlotte a Samaritan Listening Volunteer said:

By having a presence alongside the staff from Merseyrail, the British Transport Police, and National Rail at Southport Train Station, we are hoping to spread the message that people really do care about the lives of the people in our community.

“We always get a really friendly response from members of the public, who will take our leaflets or stop for a chat. Ultimately, we just want to reach as many people as possible, so that if someone feels the need to talk, they know where to find us.

Listeners are here round the clock, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you need a response immediately, it’s best to call us on the phone. This number is FREE to call. You don’t have to be suicidal to call us.

For emotional support, whatever you’re going through, call us free any time, from any phone on 116 123. For information about what we do www.samaritans.org.

You can also email; jo@samaritans.org or visit the Southport branch at 32 Union Street, Southport, PR9 0QE. No appoint is necessary and we are open most days from 9am-9pm, except Tuesdays when the opening hours are 7pm-9pm, Friday 11am-9pm, and Sunday 11am-9pm.

 

Health Walks with the May Logan Centre

Living Well Sefton is a free service available to people in Sefton.  As one of the main partners – The May Logan Health Walks are a great opportunity to build some social and physical activity into people’s week.

The group walks around the local area and have a chat as they go. Then it is back to the centre for a well-earned cuppa and the walks offer a way of increasing people’s wellbeing.  They meet every Thursday at The May Logan Centre,10am until 12pm and is free.

Several members have also completed the Walk Leader training. Some do it to learn new skills, others say walking has encouraged them to do more to lose weight and improve their lifestyle.

It can also improve your mental health as the group and staff are very welcoming and great to talk to.  For more details call 0151 922 8588.

Living Well Sefton and the May Logan centre are supporting the ‘30 Days of Sefton In Mind’ Campaign – to spread the word about local services and activities available to people in Sefton to improve their mental health.

Free Blood Pressure Testing for Sefton residents as part of Know Your Numbers! Week

Sefton Council and the local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are urging local residents to get their blood pressure checked for free as part of Know Your Numbers! Week. This is the UK’s biggest free blood pressure testing event held at ‘Pressure Stations’ around the country from September 18-24.

Shockingly, 30,0001 people in Sefton have high blood pressure and don’t know. High blood pressure has no obvious symptoms but it is linked to at least 50% of all strokes and heart attacks and increases the risk of kidney disease and dementia.

Some pharmacies across Sefton will provide information and advice on simple steps to keep blood pressure under control and will measure your blood pressure accurately. A blood pressure check is quick, free, painless and could save your life. You can also have a free blood pressure check in your GP surgery or use a home testing kit.

This year, Blood Pressure UK cautions that a poor diet and excess salt intake is leading more young people to develop high blood pressure putting them at risk of having an early stroke. Help to stop stroke and other illnesses by knowing your numbers just like you know your height and weight.

Figures show the proportion of strokes in working age people (those aged 25 to 64) has increased from 16.91% to 17.94% between 2013-2016 despite an overall drop in the number of strokes. Blood Pressure UK is urging people, regardless of age, to check their blood pressure as part of Know Your Numbers! Week.

Key risk factors for developing high blood pressure are largely lifestyle-related such as eating too much salt, not enough fruit and vegetables, being overweight and not taking enough exercise.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Health and Wellbeing, said:

“The message to people is to take charge of their health and get their blood pressure checked. Blood pressure is one of the most preventable and treatable conditions but remains one of the leading causes of death. As an individual having your blood pressure checked is the most important step that you can take to reduce your risk of stroke, heart attack or heart failure.”

Debbie Fagan, chief nurse at NHS South Sefton CCG and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said:

“It’s so important to get regular blood pressure checks and this week and throughout the year we remind people to do so. The fact that you can pop into some of Sefton’s pharmacies for a free test is ideal so we do hope Sefton residents take up this opportunity.

“Blood pressure can be lowered by changes to your lifestyle and if necessary taking medication as directed by your doctor. Your pharmacist can advise you following your test if you need to take further action.”

Some pharmacies in Sefton will be offering free blood pressure checks, to find your nearest pressure station please visit: http://www.bloodpressureuk.org/microsites/kyn/Home/Freebpchecks/Findfreecheck

Excitement grows for Allotment Fortnight

Excitement is growing for Allotment Fortnight!

Sefton Council’s Parks and Greenspaces team have been busy sprouting plans for a two week celebration of all things allotments between September 25 and October 8.

Working along side self-managed sites, Allotment Fortnight will highlight various community projects, activities and food bank donation schemes across a number of allotments in the borough.

Community open days will take place at fourteen allotments, including Altcar Road in Formby, Scape Lane Crosby, Beach Road Litherland and Gardener Avenue, Bootle.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “The Allotment Fortnight is a great way for us to really celebrate our fantastic communities and the work they do at allotments all across Sefton.

“We have more than 1,100 allotment plots over 14 sites across Sefton so they really are the cream of the crop!

“During Allotment Fortnight residents are invited to come down between 10.30am and 2.30pm on each open day and learn more about the sheer wealth of what we do at our sites.

“Council staff will be on hand throughout all the sites to meet with tenants and those interested in getting more involved with our allotments scheme.

“We’ll also be running a number of food bank collection points during each open day where we encourage anyone with spare fruit, vegetables and produce they may have grown to donate to a local good cause.

“Our allotments are not just about growing fruit and veg. They are a brilliant community resource.”

If you are a resident of Sefton and would like to rent an allotment call 0151 934 2943 for more information. 

Alternatively click here for more information.

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