A new lifestyle education and physical activity programme, Healthy Goals, kicks off

The Centre for BME Health, Leicester Changing Diabetes and Leicester City Football Club have joined forces to create a new healthy lifestyle programme aimed at South Asian communities. Healthy Goals is a 2-hour session which includes an hour education on physical activity, sedentary behaviour, diet and nutrition and their impact on health. These sessions are delivered by trained educators from the Leicester Diabetes Centre. After these sessions, Leicester City Football Club lead a physical activity session encouraging all members to get active through a range of fun activities including games, using the local outdoor gyms and facilities at the Cossington Sports Club.

South Asian communities are often overlooked when healthy lifestyle programmes are developed and delivered, with content not being appropriate for their culture and lifestyle. Leicester City Football Club identified this problem with their programmes and wished to address it. Working with the Centre for BME Health, new culturally appropriate content was developed and Healthy Goals is being delivered in a South Asian community, at Belgrave Health Centre and uses local facilities for the physical activity sessions.

Sunny Rohit, Project Officer at the Centre for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Health, who is organising the programme, said: “The aim of Healthy Goals is to encourage women of all ages, who may have let their fitness levels reduce over time, to get active once again.

“The group has been developed so all attendees get the opportunity to participate in some gentle exercise, while also learning some tops tips on how to improve their diet and lifestyle.”