Cash boost for Ribble Valley ‘Best Foot Forward’

Ribble Valley Borough Council's health and fitness officer Tracy Balko.
Ribble Valley Borough Council's health and fitness officer Tracy Balko.
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A Ribble Valley Borough Council exercise scheme aimed at keeping the elderly steady on their feet has received a £5,000 cash boost.

The falls prevention programme Best Foot Forward focuses on improving the strength, balance and posture of older residents who have fallen or are at risk of falling.

Classes start with a gentle warm up, followed by specially adapted exercises, and end with refreshments and an information session.

The scheme has proved so successful for 13 participants, whose balance and confidence has improved, that it has received funding from the East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group for a further year.

Tracy Balko, the council’s health and fitness development officer, said: “Falls can have an adverse psychological impact on sufferers, who can lose confidence, become withdrawn and feel as if they have lost their independence. Best Foot Forward is helping elderly residents improve their strength, balance and confidence.”

Further information about Best Foot Forward is available from Tracy on 01200 414484.