New website helps Forth Valley get active

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A new physical activity website has been unveiled by NHS Forth Valley as part of a push to help those in the region looking to become more physically active.

The website contains information on the benefits of physical activity, active travel options, local activity groups, and simple strength and balance exercises you can do from home.

The university’s adult tennis and swimming classes are mentioned as part of its wider provision of health and sports activities.

Also mentioned is Stirling’s “Walk, Cycle, Live Stirling”, a scheme hoping to open up two travel corridors for pedestrians and cyclists in the area. Part of this scheme includes the cycle lane currently being constructed on Causewayhead Road.

A map of the proposed travel corridors as part of Walk, Cycle, Live Stirling project.
Image Credit – Stirling Council

Half of Scotland’s short journeys (1-2km) are made by car and two-thirds of all car journeys are made alone, so initiatives like this will also double as a way to get more cars off the road and reduce Scotland’s carbon footprint.

In a statement NHS Forth Valley’s Health Promotion Officer, Scott Burton has said, “this new website makes it easier to find out how you can be active in your local area”.

He went on to outline how the site also contains information for local health professionals and details of local physical activity groups and opportunities. Burton has also explained how the site will contain “guidance on how they can start a conversation on becoming more active”.

Burton is also working with local GPs, physiotherapists, and occupational therapists on getting the word out about the website. They will be encouraging more “social prescribing of physical activities”, generally pushing to improve the health and well-being of people throughout the Forth Valley region,

For those wishing to check out the website, click here.

More information on the University of Stirling’s sports and activity classes can be found here with a full list of their exercise classes here.

Featured image credit – NHS Forth Valley

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