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This autumn we teamed up with local personal trainer Andy Perkins to deliver a free four-week gym programme to members of the University of the Third Age (U3A).
The sessions took place at the outdoor gym at Saumarez Park, which was funded by Bowel Cancer Guernsey. It was hoped that these sessions would increase the member’s confidence in using the equipment.
At each session Andy talked through the various types of equipment, explaining how the exercises could be tailored to accommodate different injuries or niggles.
Speaking of the session, Andy Perkins comments: ‘The outdoor sessions with the U3A were a great success and well attended. All of the participants were keen to take part and learn how to make the most of the equipment.’
Members of the U3A have gained much enjoyment from using the equipment and have even decided to continue meeting up as a group on a weekly basis, starting in the spring.
Pat Child, a member of the U3A, says: ‘I think the exercise sessions were a huge success. Andy was a really encouraging tutor who the group felt very comfortable working with. We would like to thank Andy and Bowel Cancer Guernsey for their support in kick-starting this initiative.’
‘Research has suggested that those who lead inactive or sedentary lifestyles are at an increased risk of bowel cancer, so it is important to incorporate regular exercise into your routine. Sessions like these are essential in raising awareness of the facilities available to islanders.’ says Anne Brouard, from Bowel Cancer Guernsey.
Andy Perkins, concludes: ‘It was very satisfying to see the improvement in the participants’ fitness levels following the structured fitness sessions.’
The outdoor gym is free to use 365 days a year and instructions are provided at each piece of equipment.
On Wednesday 5th October we teamed up with Maddy Diligent from Guernsey Fit Guernsey to offer a free outdoor gym session at Saumarez Park.
The morning session involved Maddy talking a group through each piece of equipment including tips on how to warm up and cool down.
Maddy also explained what to use to target certain areas of the body and she also gave different ways to approach the equipment depending on fitness level.
‘The equipment is really impressive! There’s a wide variety and something for everyone. The session was useful as it gave people the opportunity to give something new a try and ask questions if they were unsure of anything,’ explains Maddy.
Everyone was given a free Bowel Cancer Guernsey water bottle and information about becoming a Friend of Bowel Cancer Guernsey.
‘Research has suggested that inactive people have an increased risk of developing bowel cancer so regular exercise is really important. The session proved valuable as it has raised awareness of the facilities available to islanders,’ says Anne Brouard from Bowel Cancer Guernsey.
The outdoor gym is free to use and instructions are provided with each piece of equipment.
Bowel Cancer Guernsey opened the gym earlier this year to help people of all ages and abilities get active as part of the work that it does to prevent the disease.
Feel free to head down, get your heart rate up and enjoy the health benefits!
In July 2016 the Office of the Committee for Health & Social care took the difficult decision to suspend the Bowel Cancer Screening programme due to the lack of on Island capacity.
Since July staff have worked tirelessly to secure an alternative consultant whilst assessing the benefit of other screening options.
Today, 6th September 2016, Health & Social Care are delighted to announce that they have successfully secured a partnership with The Aberdeen Clinic to supply a bowel cancer screening service for the remainder of 2016 while the future service for 2017 onwards is fully evaluated. This partnership is being funded using the money that was ring-fenced for bowel cancer screening. The cost is comparable to having a specialist on-Island.
The Clinical Director and the Lead Endoscopy Nurse from the clinic, together with Health & Social Care staff, will re-instate the previous service and undertake bowel screening once a month over a full weekend period. This will reinstate the previous volume of activity. The first clinic will take place over the weekend commencing 16 September 2016.
Deputy Heidi Soulsby, President said: ‘In addition to this exciting news, the Committee for Health & Social Care will be taking a policy letter to the Assembly to request that the restriction imposed on the Committee by a resolution of the States dated 9 December 2015, regarding the type of screening provided, be removed.
Whilst I fully support the ring-fencing of funding for this important screening programme, I am concerned that the Requete ties our hands and means we are unable to respond to changes in science and medicine.’
In the first instance, all patients on a waiting list who have had a pre-screening appointment will be the first to be contacted by Health & Social Care staff over the next couple of weeks.
Statement issued by Office of the Committee for Health & Social