COVID-19 Recovery and Increasing Physical Activity

 
COVID-19 Recovery and Increasing Physical Activity
COVID-19 Recovery and Increasing
Physical Activity
June 2021
COVID-19 Recovery and Increasing Physical Activity
Welcome
Welcome to the June edition of the e-bulletin which has a focus on COVID-19 Recovery
                                                                                        Contents
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and Increasing Physical Activity.

With the easing of restrictions and summer approaching, now is a great opportunity          COVID-19 Information              4
for people to motivate each other into being more physically active. Initiatives that
aim to encourage people to be more physically active and engage socially in a safe          Headlines                         6
way, particularly those population groups who are the most sedentary now have a role
to play.
                                                                                            Podcasts                          18
We also have a webinar planned for Wednesday 30th July discussing how COVID-19
has affected our children and will be delivered by Dr Claire Thomas, Public Health          Videos                            19
Wales.

                                                                                            The Grapevine                     20
Further information and the recordings of both webinars can be found on our website.

                                                                                            List of PHNC Topics               22

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INFORMATION
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Headlines
                                                                                                     Bridgend Inclusive Network Group (BING)
                                                                                                     Bridgend Inclusive Network Group (BING)             We promote community activity opportunities
                                                                                                     is a new and exciting social enterprise that        and provide a voice for differently able
                                                                                                     supports the Bridgend Inclusive Community.          people and their families, so that
                                                                                                     All our volunteers have a variety of personal       everyone can take part in physical activities
                                                                                                     experiences,    expertise,    and    in-depth       that improve their health and wellbeing.

Conwy Youth Service                                                                                  knowledge of the voluntary sector such as
                                                                                                     charities, community groups, sports clubs           For more information you can find us on:
                                                                                                     and not for profit organisations in which we        www.altogetherbridgend.co.uk/bing
Early studies show that children and young        •   A bubble sports project takes place on a
                                                                                                     want to share. BING come together with an           bridgendinclusivenetworkgroup@outlook.
people are amongst the worst affected by              Friday night in Llanrwst and allows young
                                                                                                     interest in promoting ability and                   com
the COVID 19 pandemic, and the vulnerable             people to utilise our brand new bubble
amongst them even more so. Stress,                    sports equipment!                              inclusivity.
loneliness, depression and anxiety are set        •   Our 'StrideAway' Facebook group
to be the biggest challenges facing the               encourages and motivates young                 Our aim is to provide support for other
mental wellbeing of young people, and it              people to take part in monthly distance        organisations who are providing or want to
is possible that the psychological effect of          challenges!                                    provide inclusive activities, through delivering
the pandemic will outlast the virus itself. The   •   'Picnic in the park' in Colwyn Bay allows      free training, activity days and taster sessions.
support young people and children will have           young people to come and sit (socially         We also provide an opportunity for those
received since March last year, and continue          distanced), chat with their peers and take     working within groups in our community to
to receive today can not only improve their           part in small non-contact activities.          come together and share information.
wellbeing now, but also reduce the long           •   Our high school based non-traditional
term effects of the pandemic on their mental          sports and review group project enables
wellbeing. For Conwy Youth Service, the
COVID 19 restrictions meant that we had
                                                      young people to take part in a selection of
                                                      different sports activities each week, while
                                                                                                     Feel Good for Life - Leisure opportunities
to adapt our way of working in order to
continue supporting the young people who          •
                                                      also achieving an Agored qualification.
                                                      We take our mobile buses to some               for people living with dementia, feeling
use and need our service. Since the easing
of restrictions, Conwy Youth Service have
                                                      areas of Conwy and handing out well
                                                      being bags to young people, which also         lonely or low to be active and to socialise
now been able to offer these young people             includes some fitness equipment to help
                                                                                                     Halo's Feel Good for Life programme aims to
with outdoor sessions to help improve their           keep them active.
                                                                                                     provide people living with dementia, isolation
physical and mental health. We work with          •   A project in Kinmel Bay on a Friday night
                                                                                                     & depression, as well as carers in Bridgend
children young people aged 11-25 within the           aims at helping to encourage young
                                                                                                     County Borough, with opportunities to be
whole county of Conwy and our activities              people to engage in different activities
                                                                                                     physically active and to socialise. Weekly
and programmes include the following:                 socially and have fun with their friends in
                                                      a safe and expressive way.                     sessions consist of an hour of tailored
•   Well-being walks in different areas of                                                           physical activity, including swimming, curling,
    Conwy are really benefitting the young        A project in Kinmel Bay on a Friday night aims     table-tennis, keep-fit, followed by one hour
    people. As well as the time spent with        at helping to encourage young people to            of social activities, such as scrapbooking
    Youth Workers outdoors in the fresh air,      engage in different activities socially and have   memorabilia collecting, reminiscence and
    young people are improving their physical     fun with their friends in a safe and expressive    music. Creating this scheme, firstly required       for 'Community Impact through Physical
    and mental health.                            way.                                               the organisations with an interest to come          Activity'. The programme has now supported
•   A gardening project took place in                                                                together in collaboration. This included, Halo      over 120 people affected by Dementia,
    Llandudno over May half term where one        For more information please contact                and Bridgend County Borough Council, as             Anxiety, Depression, Isolation and Age
    of our community youth clubs are based.       chris.gledhill@conwy.gov.uk                        well as the Alzheimers Society, BAVO and            related impairments, inc. mobility and
    Here young people were able to help                                                              Awen Libraries working together, with input         sensory impairments. Self-reported health
    improve the outside area.                                                                        from the Local Health Board, then removing          improvements after three months indicate
•   Fitness sessions are taking place at                                                             the barriers to physical activity.                  that 80% had increased levels of activity,
    Abergele leisure centre. Here young                                                                                                                  78% had reduced feelings of loneliness and
    people are able to take part in different                                                        The difference that the programme makes             isolation and 73% had improved mental &
    sports and fitness sessions on a Monday                                                          to people's lives has been recognised as the        physical wellbeing. The following quotes
    evening in a safe and structured                                                                 Feel Good for Life programme was awarded            also help to demonstrate the impact of the
    environment.                                                                                     the prestigious Community Leisure UK award          programme:
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- "He is always in such good spirits after the
sessions which makes my job as a carer a
                                                  the way in which this successfully engaged
                                                  vulnerable people in the more remote parts          COVID-19: Recovery and Increasing
                                                                                                      Physical Activity - Sport Cardiff Initiatives
lot easier, it makes me so happy to see him       of the county borough and who had been
happy." - Linda (Unpaid Carer)                    sedentary and digitally excluded, Halo will
                                                  be working to be able to continue the on-
                                                                                                      'Healthy & Active at Home' project               This new provision will run in partnership
- "Talking to the staff and other carers that     line provision as part of a blended approach
                                                                                                      Following the recent success of the ‘Active      with Better (GLL), within five leisure centres
are going through similar difficulties to me,     to the Feel Good for Life programme. An
                                                                                                      at Home’ project, Sport Cardiff have             throughout the city. These centres are Eastern
gives me a great deal of support" - Frances       overview of the programmes digital element
                                                                                                      partnered with the Vale of Glamorgan             Leisure Centre, Fairwater Leisure Centre,
(Unpaid Carer)                                    has been captured in the following digi-story
                                                                                                      Council’s ‘Healthy Living Team’ and              Western Leisure Centre, Maindy Leisure
                                                  (Welsh Subtitled version)
                                                                                                      Newydd Housing Association, via the HAPI         Centre and Star Hub. Each centre offers a
During the Covid pandemic, the programme
                                                                                                      project, to provide residents living across      range of activities including walking football,
was adapted and sustained by moving to            Further details and contact information can
                                                                                                      Cardiff & The Vale of Glamorgan with the         Yoga, 'Rise', body conditioning, table tennis
an interactive, on-line format, and providing     be found here: https://haloleisure.org.uk/
                                                                                                      opportunity to apply for a ‘Healthy & Active     and much more.
internet enabled i-pads free of charge. Given     feelgoodforlife/
                                                                                                      at Home’ pack.
                                                                                                                                                       The program runs for 8 weeks and places

Let’s Move with Versus Arthritis                                                                      The project aims to provide over 300
                                                                                                      households across Cardiff & Vale with
                                                                                                                                                       can be booked right now via the landing
                                                                                                                                                       page below, with the sessions beginning
                                                                                                      healthy food hampers and activity packs          from Monday 14th June.
Versus Arthritis is the UK's largest charity      In your area activities - Wales | Versus
                                                                                                      to encourage children, young people and
dedicated to supporting people with arthritis.    Arthritis
                                                                                                      adults to become more physically active and      The below landing page links, will enable
Cymru Versus Arthritis is here to make sure
that people with arthritis in Wales have all of   Blogs -                                             eat healthily.                                   people to identify what activities are taking
the support and information they need to          How can strengthening and stretching help                                                            place at each centre and to book onto
live well with their condition and to ensure      your arthritis? (versusarthritis.org)               The packs are designed to be inclusive           sessions, by firstly registering for a booking
that the needs of people with arthritis are a     How to stay motivated to exercise?                  and people can apply for physical activity       card or via the Better UK app (both of which
priority with policymakers in Wales. Cymru        (versusarthritis.org)                               equipment and/or healthy food packs. There       are accessible at the bottom of the landing
Versus Arthritis runs a number of different       Keeping yourself healthy when working from          is a separate child & family pack and teenage    page):
services for people of all ages with arthritis,   home (versusarthritis.org)                          & adult packs for households that are most in
ranging from activity sessions for young          Tips for gardening with arthritis | Versus          need of support to become more physically        English - https://leisureoffers.co.uk/sport-
people to practical support and information       Arthritis                                           active and eat more healthily.                   cardiff/60plus-project/
for those with arthritis.                         Why is swimming good for people with                                                                 Cymraeg - https://leisureoffers.co.uk/sport-
                                                  arthritis? (versusarthritis.org)                    Residents of Cardiff & Vale are able to apply    cardiff/60mwy-o-brosiect/
Let's Move is a programme for people with         Living with arthritis: 6 steps to better mornings   on-line or via telephone until Sunday 4th July   For further information regarding the 60
arthritis and related musculoskeletal (MSK)       (versusarthritis.org)                               2021.                                            Plus Active Leisure Scheme in Cardiff please
conditions who want more movement in              Exercising with arthritis | Top tips, specific                                                       contact Kyle McCarthy (Move More Co-
their lives. Created by Versus Arthritis the      exercises (versusarthritis.org)                     For further information regarding the Healthy    ordinator) via e-mail:
programme is designed to support people to                                                            & Active at Home project please contact Ben      kmccarthy@cardiffmet.ac.uk
get active through a variety of digital content   Animations –                                        Williams (Move More Manager) via e-mail:
including tailor-made movement sessions,          What happens when you exercise? - YouTube           bwilliams2@cardiffmet.ac.uk
expert tips and advice and the sharing of         How to get started with exercise - YouTube
personal stories. All content is designed to      Guidelines for Physical Activity - YouTube          60 Plus Active Leisure Scheme (Cardiff)
help people find the level of movement that       Peer support                                        We are excited to launch another programme
is right for them and to help build confidence    Let's Move Versus Arthritis | Facebook              which forms part of our ongoing 60+ project,
both in their own body and the day-to-day         Cymru Versus Arthritis - Home | Facebook            providing accessible opportunities to those
management of their condition.                                                                        who sit within this age demographic, at local
                                                  For more information please contact Rhian           venues across Cardiff!
Our website hosts a variety of expert             Horlock r.horlock@versusarthritis.org
information on exercise, including exercises
for arthritis and related conditions as well as
a chatbot which can answer questions on
physical activity.
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MonLife
MonLife Background                                indicates the usage of the digital ecosystem
MonLife is a service group delivering within      linking outdoor and virtual activity to the
Monmouthshire County Council including;           member's progress.
leisure, youth, sport development, outdoor
adventure,     green     infrastructure    and    Next Steps
countryside access, play, learning, destination   Moving forwards the membership has
management, arts, museums, attractions and        extended to join in the MonLife classes on site
active travel.                                    as well as attending virtual classes, creating a
Our mission at MonLife is to promote              wider offer.
healthier lives and inspirational experiences     This membership offer is 1 month free and
and promote the vibrancy of Monmouthshire         £16.00 thereafter and for the first 120 people
as a great place to be. MonLife is a one-         that sign up to this programme, as well as
stop-shop vehicle for health, wellbeing and       being given the equipment packs. This allows
creating diverse opportunities for all of our     for options to exercise at home and at the
communities.                                      leisure centre, providing greater flexibility
                                                  when Leisure restrictions are eased.
Why The Active 60+ Programme?
In October 2020, MonLife applied for the          How The Programme Helped One
scheme with Sport Wales (funded by Welsh          Customer
Government) to facilitate the Active 60+          “I have taken part in quite a few of your
Programme. The aim was to target those            virtual classes and thoroughly enjoyed them
over the age of 60, tackle loneliness, improve    all; Stretch and Tone, Gentle Exercise and
condition and to improve fitness / wellbeing      Tai Chi. The classes are excellent and I’m
as a result of the pandemic. Monmouthshire        amazed how well you can guide and monitor
has a very high demographic over the age of       our individual progress throughout the
60, for many the pandemic limited access to       sessions. They are all very well-planned, timed
exercise and this had an impact on wellbeing.     and focused on a particular aspect of our
The Active 60+ programme provided a virtual       developing fitness with a clear explanation of
app with live and on demand classes, as well      how these exercises will benefit us. They have
as providing much needed social interaction.      definitely made a difference to my health; I
Those that took part received a home              feel stronger and fitter, my flexibility is much
workout kit of dumbbells, bands and exercise      improved and my back is less painful. I feel
mats. The classes provided were a mixture of      supported, encouraged and have a sense
gentle exercise, Tai Chi, Pilates and Yoga. The   of achievement. I feel proud when I tell my
Active 60 plus scheme launched in January         grown up children, who live so far away, that
2021 with a target of engaging 85 members         I have engaged in a session and I know that
by March 2021, a target that was reached. As      they are delighted.
part of the scheme participants were given        Apart from a fairly regular walk, I was taking
a month’s free membership to the Leisure          no other exercise. Going forward, it will be
Centre to support continued physical activity     difficult for me to find an opportunity to leave
and sustainability of the project.                my husband who has dementia and attend a
                                                  Leisure Centre. As it is, my husband sits in the
Using Digital Systems To Track Progress           room, happy to see me and hear it all going
Members have their progress recorded              on in the background. It certainly helps me to
through the means of digital reviews with         feel less isolated.
fitness professionals and their activity          I have recommended 60+ to others and will
recorded through the My Wellness App. The         continue to do so.
app records outdoor activity like walking,        In truth, it has been a godsend and I
cycling, running and Live / On Demand             congratulate and thank everyone who has
classes. This a great way for MonLife to record   put the scheme together.”
progress of each active member. This also
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Delivery Feedback from Monlife Active              Account. This is a good measure to see trends       Parkrun is a positive, welcoming and inclusive
60+ team                                           of exercise so that members get the best            experience where there is no time limit and no
Since our Monlife Leisure Centres have             experience and improve fitness, mobility and        one finishes last. Set over a 5k marked route,
re-opened, there has been a welcomed               wellbeing. The instructors have also recorded       everyone is welcome to participate, whether
response from new Active 60+ members               members pre-test and 8 week post-test for;          they decide to walk, jog, run, volunteer or
across all four leisure centres. There has been    sit to stand, IPA and SWEB - the instructors        spectate. Cardiff parkrun, the first to be set up
a good increase in numbers over the last           found improvements across all areas.                in the capital city, is located in the beautiful
month of 43 members; currently at a total of                                                           surroundings of Bute Park, situated on the
126 overall                                        MonLife offers online 60 plus fitness package       Taff trail and now has an impressive amount
                                                   - Monlife                                           of runners and volunteers taking part every
These members have been using the MonLife                                                              Saturday morning. By including parkrun on
digital eco system. This involves use of leisure                                                       our PAP pads, we are helping to facilitate the
centre, our live and on demand classes on                                                              setup of more local parkrun events within
the My Wellness App - recording walks, cycle                                                           communities across Cardiff and the Vale so
/swims on our Monlife Strava group that                                                                that all residents have equal accessibility to
connects to the member's My Wellness                                                                   an event near to where they live. One of our
                                                                                                       most recent successes is Trelai Park parkrun,
                                                                                                       which was set up during March 2020 and
                                                                                                       run by volunteers from local GP practices
If Physical Activity were a Pill … the                                                                 across the South West cluster area. In the
                                                                                                       limited time it had to take place before the
use of Physical Activity Prescription                                                                  pandemic hit, it has seen a great success
                                                                                                       with 200 finishers and over 30 volunteers in
Pads in Primary Care                                                                                   attendance. GPs in this cluster have played
                                                                                                       a huge part, helping to provide motivation
                                                                                                       and create a supportive environment. For the
The many health benefits of physical activity
                                                                                                       patients they are seeing on a daily basis, this
(PA) are well known and promoted by health
                                                                                                       is encouragement for them to try out their
professionals, especially within primary
                                                                                                       first parkrun, and is an invaluable resource
care. Brief interventions (i.e. discussion,
                                                                                                       which stems from a PAP pad conversation.            Covid-19 pandemic, we hope that the
negotiation or encouragement) and exercise
referral schemes (i.e. patients being formally                                                                                                             continued roll out and implementation of
                                                                                                       Elderfit is a Community Interest Company            the PAP pads across Cardiff and Vale GP
referred to a PA professional) are the two
                                                                                                       founded by friends Tom and Gareth,                  services will begin to gain momentum. We
dominant approaches to promoting PA
                                                                                                       who between them have over 30 years’                have adapted a Covid-19 specific PAP for
within primary care. These cost-effective
                                                                                                       experience in the fitness industry. Using their     electronic use in the meantime, which GPs
interventions can generate positive changes
                                                                                                       extensive health and fitness knowledge, they        can access via the Cardiff and Vale Health
in health outcomes and PA levels in inactive
                                                                                                       designed a session to improve strength and          Pathways website.
patients who are at increased risk for non-
                                                                                                       balance for individuals that need it the most.
communicable diseases. Key enablers include
                                                                                                       The classes draw on a variety of techniques,        Looking forward, we are hoping to build a
motivational interviewing, social support and
                                                                                                       including mobility exercises, resistance            series of case studies from patients whose
multi-disciplinary approaches. (Lion et al.,
                                                                                                       bands and hand/leg weights. All exercises           physical activity participation has increased
2018).
                                                                                                       are adapted to suit individual’s needs, to          as a result of having a conversation with their
                                                   In Wales, social prescribing has been identified    ensure that participants feel the full benefits     GP. This would be a fantastic resource, and
Cardiff and Vale local Public Health Team have
                                                   in recent years as an important approach to         of the classes. Although the main aim of the        provide motivation for other practitioners to
created a resource in support of this approach
                                                   improving population health at a policy level       session is to reduce the risk of falls, Elderfit    utilise the idea of a PAP with their patients.
in the form of a Physical Activity Prescription
                                                   (Emmerson, 2021). Therefore, it was important       also aims to strengthen upper body muscles          Having a physical piece of paper with some
(PAP) pad. Branded with our locality logos, this
                                                   that we included our community partners as          for participants, so if a fall does happen they     information on about physical activity options,
A5 piece of paper provides key motivational
                                                   well as providing useful information about          will be more able to pull themselves back up.       paired with a MECC style initial discussion with
style conversation prompts for conversations
                                                   local walks, green spaces, leisure facilities and   Creating independence is a key element to the       their GP, may eventually replace some patient
around PA. Paired with a Making Every
                                                   community classes. Below are some example           classes, therefore helping people re-discover       prescriptions which may have otherwise
Contact Count (MECC) conversational style
                                                   partner activities that are included.               their confidence and stability to allow them        automatically been for medication, therefore
approach, GPs can utilise this resource with
                                                                                                       more freedom to be more physically active in        benefiting the NHS system as a whole and
appropriately identified patients and easily
                                                                                                       their daily life.                                   also the patient as an individual in the long
provide local social prescribing information
for different activities, which can be handed                                                                                                              term.
                                                                                                       As we begin to start our recovery out of the
to the patient after the conversation.
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ValePlus: More More in March Challenge
In March 2021 we organised a small fundraiser     lost an incredible amount of weight which
for our Charity ValePlus. ValePlus supports       we are all proud of her for. As a fundraiser,
adults with additional learning needs,            the Charity was blown away as we had so
providing them with training opportunities        much community support, we raised just
and lifelong learning skills.                     under £10,000, which as you can imagine for
Our fundraiser was called Move More in            a small charity, hit by the pandemic was an
March Challenge.       Our initial intentions     incredible amount of money.
were to encourage people to exercise for 30
minutes each day in March, with the idea that     From our experience to help increase physical
starting the day with physical activity would     activity, we have included some bullet points
help with mental well-being and also have a       that you might find helpful.
positive impact on the rest of the day, and in    • Be mindful of your own abilities
turn if we could raise some money from the        • Start out small, set your own targets
challenge through sponsorship that would of       • Challenge yourself, for a local cause
course be a bonus for the Charity.                • Have an exercise buddy or a walking pal.

We ended up having 25 participants, including     For further information contact Mark Mitchell:
2 members of staff that were supporting the       MarkM@valeplus.co.uk
fundraisers. We set up a What's App group
and sent daily ideas of 30-minute workout
to the group chat. We were very lucky that
one of the staff members is a qualified Level
3 Personal Trainer and ex-gym owner. We
were able to record a few 30 minutes work
out, which included rolling a set of exercise
dice, one with the exercise and one with the
repetitions on. This was a lot of fun as our
exercises were literally decided by the roll of
a dice! Our participants loved these workouts
and both staff have continued to record these
in their spare time to share with students.

The fundraiser had to be open to all abilities,
so there were no restrictions as to what
exercise people could do as long as it was
for 30 minutes, many of our participants
choose to walk, whereas some helped in the
garden, trampolined, did online fitness work
outs, some even have exercise bikes in their
houses which they used.

The WhatsApp group created a small
community where people could post
pictures of where they had walked, but also
encouraged others, which was great to
see. Our challengers thoroughly enjoyed
themselves. One lady also took part purely to
motivate herself, so she could help control her
diabetes. From feedback we have received
since the March Challenge many people are
still keeping up with the 30-minute walks and
exercise, and one of our students has also
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Swansea Health Walk Leaders                                                                        Health Walk Leaders often work with existing
                                                                                                   organisations. Many partnerships have been
                                                                                                   forged - charities, NHS support, Friends
The benefits of walking to both physical and        One day Health Walk Leader courses have        of Parks, Social Prescribing, Local Area
mental health are well reported.                    been delivered since the pandemic started,     Coordination, Swansea Council for Voluntary
                                                    with a total of 150 leaders now trained.       Services, ParkLives, Actif Woods, and many
Walkers are spoilt for choice in Swansea            During the pandemic the course has been        others.
and Gower. There is everything from level           delivered online, including practice walks
promenades and parkland for an easy stroll          from delegates’ homes.                         All of Swansea’s Sport and Health staff
to more strenuous hikes over beaches,                                                              have been trained as Health Walk Leaders
moorland and through ancient woods.                 Delegates are predominately volunteers, but    and are incorporating health walks into their
                                                    include sport and health care professionals.   programmes. The Sport and Health team are
The Health Walk Leader programme in                 Most are now involved in health walks          assisting in mentoring new volunteer leaders
Swansea is co-ordinated by Swansea                  around Swansea and Gower. Some of the          as they start their own walks. Several new
Council's Sport and Health team and funded          walks are open to anyone in the community.     health walks have started this year and more
through Sport Wales. We are experiencing a          Others are for specific groups including the   are on the way.
post lockdown boom in walking across the            isolated and chronically sedentary, post-
City. The Facebook group Swansea Walking            health care, mental health, and local groups   Walking Development Officer John Ashley
Forum has increased membership sevenfold            with a common interest in improving their      commented, “Health and recreational
in the last year. The Forum is key in identifying   physical and mental wellbeing, inevitably,     walking is almost entirely dependent on
progression walks and other activities for          some new walkers are overcoming their fear     volunteers. The need to recruit and support
health walkers who have achieved their initial      of venturing out again into a Covid world.     these volunteers was identified early. Without
aims.                                                                                              them we could not have achieved what we
                                                                                                   have in Swansea.”

                                                                                                   Photo description – The Morriston Health
                                                                                                   Walk was started by the Friends of Morriston
                                                                                                   Park after attending Health Walk Leader
                                                                                                   training.

                                                                                                   For more information please contact:

                                                                                                   John Ashley
                                                                                                   Walking Development Officer,         Swansea
                                                                                                   Council
                                                                                                   John.Ashley@Swansea.gov.uk

                                                                                                   www.swansea.gov.uk/walking
                                                                                                   Sport and Health Swansea - Home | Facebook
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Our recent Podcast is with Anne McGowan who is a Nurse Consultant in the
Vaccine Preventable Disease Programme at Public Health Wales, and member                                                               LEAVING NO ONE BEHIND
of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.
                                                                                                                                     The COVID-19 pandemic has had
Anne talks to us about how Wales has performed with vaccine uptake                                                                   significant health, well-being and
historically, and now, during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Anne also discusses                                                             socio-economic impacts for people
some of the challenges that the population of Wales faces with vaccine                                                               and communities, disproportionately
hesitancy and the effectiveness of national interventions in improving vaccine                                                       affecting those most in need.
uptake.

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                                                                                                    to learn where these impacts have been the         conducted using a series of existing survey
                                                                                                    most profound and what has helped so far to        data and published research studies, to
                                                                                                    mitigate these impacts.                            identify mental health challenges that
                                                                                                                                                       young people experienced and some
                                                                                                    "Our young people have shown remarkable            of the protective factors that helped to
                                                                                                    resilience and we will be examining what can       safeguard their mental health and well-being
Coping strategies made a difference to                                                              now be put in place to support their recovery,
                                                                                                    help them build a happy future, as well as
                                                                                                                                                       throughout the pandemic

young people’s mental well-being during                                                             ensuring that mental health and well-being
                                                                                                    are fully considered in future plans for public
                                                                                                                                                       This report, along with evidence from talking
                                                                                                                                                       to young people and teachers in Wales, will
pandemic                                                                                            health emergencies."                               help inform a detailed Mental Well-being
                                                                                                                                                       Impact Assessment (MWIA) Report, that will
A new report, published today (08.06.21) by       •   Age was found to be one of the clearest       Public Health Wales commissioned Alma              provide recommendations and is due to be
Public Health Wales, identifies a range of            Determinants of mental well-being.            Economics to review the research evidence          published later this year.
activities and behaviours that helped young           Adolescents and young adults exhibit          on the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic
people deal with the difficult changes to their       depression, anxiety, and other adverse        and the associated government measures             Children and young people’s mental well-
lives during the pandemic.                            outcomes more so than older adults or         on the mental well-being of babies, children,      being during the COVID-19 pandemic
                                                      younger peers                                 and young people.
Spending time outside, keeping physically         •   Evidence suggests young women and                                                                Children and young people’s mental well-
active, engaging in creative activities and           girls were more severely affected by the      'The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on            being during the COVID-19 pandemic –
hobbies, establishing routines, maintaining           pandemic than their male counterparts         the mental wellbeing of children and young         Research Briefing
contact with friends online and being aware       •   Increased calls to helplines indicate a       people in Wales: literature review' was
of the nature of Coronavirus and how to               possible rise in children who experienced
prevent its spread all helped reduce the              abuse and violence at home during
negative mental health impacts of the                 lockdown, which adversely impacted
pandemic.                                             mental health

Key findings of the publication included:
                                                  •   Families on lower incomes and young
                                                      people not in education or employment         Recite Me
                                                      experienced the adverse impact of the
•   The pandemic resulted in some positive            pandemic much more severely
    impacts for some young people (for            •   Factors that served to mitigate some of       To support people to have equal access to          For more information on how to manage
    example, feeling relief from social               the negative implications of the pandemic     online health information, the NHS 111 Wales       your symptoms, condition or for details of
    pressure and bullying, spending more              included     spending      time    outside,   website now hosts ‘Recite me’, an easy to          local health services including your nearest
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•   However,     evidence      overwhelmingly         for all age groups at the end of summer       It offers a number of features including text to
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of loneliness and isolation because of social         lockdown period is needed to fully
distancing were associated with worse                 understand the impacts.
outcomes for young people.
                                                  Nerys Edmonds, Principal Health Impact
- Educational disruption, school closures,        Assessment Practitioner at Public Health
and lack of access to support at school were      Wales, said:
responsible for many of the worries and
anxieties children and young people have          "Although Coronavirus has undoubtedly had
been experiencing                                 far reaching negative impacts on our younger
                                                  population, it is important for us
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