Last week saw AFG Treatment and Recovery centre Lea Court, open its doors to celebrate Men’s Health Week, a national event promoting physical and mental well-being.
Lea Court is a Treatment and Recovery Centre in Warrington for people with mental health needs. As part of Alternative Futures Group, the centre supports men and women on a pathway to recovery and promotes independence and community connections.
Men’s Health Week 2015 focuses on healthy living, challenging men to look after their relationships and wellbeing, quit smoking, drink sensibly, be active, watch their weight and have an NHS health check (menshealthforum.org.uk)
There were activities running throughout the day. Activities were linked to Men’s Health including a healthy eating workshop, drug and alcohol awareness supported by Pathways to Recovery, Warrington and circuit training sessions led by Paul Redhead, TMVA Facilitator for Alternative Futures Group.
To demonstrate that healthy food can be fun, fruit displays were prepared in the shape of pizzas, trains and even palm trees! Fresh smoothies were made to order in a choice of delicious flavours and there were freshly baked cakes to be enjoyed….everything in moderation! People were invited to take part in a treasure hunt for a chance to win the golden banana and there was a tombola raising money for day trips the people we support at Lea Court wish to take including a seaside trip to Blackpool.
The circuit training sessions proved to be a real hit and will continue to run weekly throughout our Treatment and Recovery Centre’s. Paul gave a taster with 10 minute sessions running throughout the day with the people we support and staff taking part.
Carol Naylor, Registered Manager said “The turnout has been great and we are delighted to be joined by Pathways to Recover who are talking about the effect of drug and alcohol use on men’s health. It has been a great opportunity to educate people on healthy eating and the importance of physical activity on their wellbeing.”
Every year, Alternative Futures Group, whose head office is in Prescot on Merseyside, supports more than 1200 people with learning disabilities and mental health needs. This is achieved by providing around the clock support within the community, in peoples own homes or in one of eight specialist treatment and recovery centres.
More information about Lea Court and AFG can be found by visiting www.alternativefuturesgroup.org.uk or by visiting our Facebook page, ‘AFG Support’. You can also follow us on Twitter @AFGSupport
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