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  • Fit as a Fiddle - a Lasting LegacyJackie Hayhoefit as a fiddle Portfolio Manager
  • Why is Fit as a Fiddle NeededThe older you are the less you participate. (A vision for 2020, Sport England 2004)Among people older than 65, 12% cannot managewalking outside on their own and 9% cannot managethe stairs unaided.25% of women and 7 % of men do not have sufficientleg strength to get out of a chair without using theirarms.20% of women and 14% of men over 50 do not havethe flexibility to wash their hair comfortably. (Skelton et al 1998)
  • What is Fit as a Fiddle A Holistic Approach toImproving the Health andWell Being of Older People
  • About Fit as a Fiddle • £15.1m funding from Big Lottery over 5 years • 24 different projects delivered across the England by over 500 organisations • 2 national programmes • Award winning programme • Recognition from the European Commission and World Health Organisation • Externally evaluated and validated
  • 241,661 older peopletaking part in physical activity
  • 208,497 older peopleeating more healthily
  • Recruited and worked with 4500 volunteers
  • Interim Evaluation Findings• 21% of fit as a fiddle participants have “not good” health• 42% of fit as a fiddle participants have a limiting longstandingillness• 76% of fit as a fiddle participants were women•25% of fit as a fiddle participants are aged over 80 • 71.2 average age for men • 70.5 average age for women• 83.8% of fit as a fiddle participants were white British, buthigher than average attendances with • 4.3% Asian or Asian British: Indian • 2.53% Asian or Asian British: Pakistani Source Ecorys Interim Evaluation Report, October 2011
  • The impacts…..• 33% increase in the amount of walking reported between thestart of fit as a fiddle and 3 months afterwards• An average increase per person from 60 minutes of physicalactivity per week, to 77.5 minutes per week• An increase in strength and balance exercise with a median of70 minutes per week, rising to 92.5 minutes per week at the endof fit as a fiddle and then rising again to 120 minutes. A 71%increase from baseline.•13% increase in the amount of fruit and vegetables eaten, risingfrom 4 to 4.5• Increased levels of independence and opportunities for social inclusion leading to reduced isolation
  • The real impacts……“After suffering from ME for 25 years I am now experiencing a big improvement in my health” “I couldn’t even get out of the bath….so I stopped having baths. Since I’ve been coming I can now do that” “I feel much more confident that I’m not going to fall”“I found within the first 6 weeks, my doctor was saying what are you doing?” “I can now brush my hair”
  • THANK YOU Any Questions Jackie Hayhoejackie.hayhoe@ageuk.org.uk