TGO activates Dudley healthy towns!

In 2009 Dudley Council ,in partnership with their NHS Primary Care Trust (PCT), became one of nine national Healthy Towns pilots.

The pilots were funded by the Department of Health (DoH) and the Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) and their aim was to tackle childhood obesity through environmental change.

Dudley’s pilot focussed on physical activity in supportive environments with a family focus.

They designed five family friendly ‘Healthy Hubs’ in which they installed TGO gyms.

The programme was independently Evaluated over a four-year period by the University of Worcester and nationally as part of the wider Healthy Towns programme. The evaluation showed that the TGO gyms were the single biggest factor in the statistically significant increases in physical activity with the Hub users, that they attracted sedentary populations’ (70% of users were sedentary at baseline) were very popular with BME groups and older people and in particular, families.

TGO continued the relationship with Dudley during the pilot and afterwards where we piloted the harnessing of the Energy generated on TGO cardio energy pieces into the Hub park buildings, and in the first year Dudley realised a saving on electricity of around £2000.

TGO and Dudley continued to develop their relationship and talked about activating spaces and sustainability.

Dudley is the only Healthy Town site still running its original pilot in its entirety, and the numbers of users in the Hubs and on the gyms has continued to grow years on year, now up to over 124000 active attendances per year, proving the sustainability of the concept of outdoor activity.

In 2019 Dudley is going Smart with TGO and activating 5 more parks with classes led by trained local people and volunteers and delivering weekly Big Community Workouts. The Activation is linking together Friends of Parks groups, local Colleges, the voluntary sector and the CCG.

Watch this space for more over the coming year.