A walk in the park in East Lothian

New walking group set up by East and Midlothian Community Health Partnership

A new walking group set up to help people with breathing problems has been organised in East Lothian.

The group, hosted by the East and Midlothian Pulmonary Rehabilitation service, aims to encourage people with lung conditions to get more exercise.

Amanda Stears, Specialist Physiotherapist, East and Midlothian Community Health Partnership, said:

“If you have a lung condition, being more active can help make a positive difference to your health.
“Walking is a great way to build confidence and aid rehabilitation.
“I’ve seen people who’ve started these groups and barely been able to walk 100 yards and by the end they’re walking and talking for half an hour without stopping.”

The group is open to all adults but particularly those with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or other lung conditions.

“The walk is ideal for continuing to exercise or perhaps regaining your confidence in getting out and about and meeting new people,”

said Amanda Stears.

“People who attend the group will see that exercise can make a real difference to their health.”

There are over 3,600 individuals with COPD in East and Midlothian. If you fancy a walk in the park, contact the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Service on 07500 765 921/07500 765 919 or email Amanda.stears@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk

28/06/2011