It’s no secret that the benefits of being physically active are plentiful. Numerous studies have consistently demonstrated that it significantly reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases, various types of cancer and Type 2 diabetes. Regular exercise has also been shown to improve mental health in a myriad of ways. By releasing hormones like endorphins and cortisol, physical exercise can help us feel happy, boost self-esteem and combat stress, thus reducing the risk of depression.
In Newham, the home of West Ham United Foundation, the index of residents classified as physically inactive is higher than the rest of neighboring boroughs. To combat this, the Foundation offers a range of programs dedicated to keeping members of the community active.
One program which promotes positive health and well-being linked to physical activity is 150Club. Formed in 2015, the program owes its name to the NHS recommended amount of 150 minutes of exercise people should take per week. The initiative, run by the West Ham United Foundation, NHS North East London Clinical Commissioning Group and Newham Council, looks to keep residents at risk of diabetes or cardiovascular diseases physically active.
The scheme offers over-18s a free, 12-week physical activity program at 12 locations across Newham, including virtually. During their time at 150Club, members are provided with weekly sessions, from a range of physical activities, and lifestyle advisor support, to not only help them complete the programme, but continue with their improved healthy lifestyle.