New DVD is set to help keep people healthy in Angus

A NEW DVD aimed at helping people in Angus to be more active is to be launched at the Reid Hall on Wednesday, October 17.

The DVD, which is part of Angus Cardiac Group’s project ‘Angus Activity Programme for People with a Long Term Condition’, has been produced in collaboration with partners Angus Community Health Partnership, Angus Leisure Services, Volunteer Gold, Angus Carers Centre and Angus Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) support groups.

The project, under the banner of ‘Be Active – Live Well’, aims to encourage Angus residents with a long term health condition to take part in some form of exercise.

Examples of exercises available as part of the programme include seated, circuit and gym as well as one-to-one seated exercise in the home which is also being piloted for those who are housebound. The project has also introduced the use of the Nintendo Wii to encourage physical activity.

Exercise classes are already well established and are running across Angus. All the classes are taken by qualified exercise instructors or volunteers and individual health assessments are carried out before anyone starts a class.

The DVD can be accessed through a new website at and shows participants enjoying the different types of exercise that are on offer to help people choose the one that suits them best.

The project, in partnership with local company ‘Angus Care & Repair’, has also produced a handy booklet showing all the exercise opportunities available in Angus for older people and for those who have a long term condition.

The DVD, the new website and the booklet will be officially launched on Wednesday, October 17, at 2 pm in the Reid Hall, Forfar. Refreshments will also be provided.

Gordon Snedden, chairman of Angus Cardiac Group, said: “I would like to encourage everyone in Angus with an ongoing health condition, as well as local health professionals, to come along to the Reid Hall in Forfar to see the range of exercise opportunities that are available for people who have health problems.

“Statistics show that anyone with a long-term health condition, who exercises regularly, at whatever level, can have a longer and a happier life. We welcome to our exercise classes, not only those with a long-term condition, but also their partners and carers.

“This collaborative project has involved many different organisations as well as people who have worked extremely hard to bring it to fruition. I hope that members of the Angus community will come along to our launch and take this opportunity to find out more about what’s on offer in Angus.”

To book a place at the launch, or to find out more about these exercise opportunities, contact Karen Fletcher on 01307 474894.