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Inspirational stories from the Healthy Lifestyle Programme

Here you can read about real people who participate in the Healthy Lifestyle Programme - all stories are genuine and are by our actual participants.

For further information about this programme visit our Active Living section or contact Paul Gardner - Programming Manager Health & Wellbeing on 01706 926235 or 07890 250655 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

At the age of 86 Norman Whiteworth was suffering from sciatica and shortly after this diagnosis Norman suffered a stroke. Most people would have stopped exercising at this point, but not Norman. Following his initial physiotherapy for his stroke, Norman began a daily exercise routine of simple muscle and strengthening exercises he did at home every morning for 15 min ...

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It is difficult, in a few words, to describe how much life has improved for me and many of my friends due to Walking Football.  I saw a clip on BBC TV, some two and a half years ago, and within minutes I had arranged my first session with Paul Gardner of Link4Life, who had developed it in Rochdale in liaison with Rochdale AFC and other organisations including the St ...

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Catherine Szymanskyj suffers from EDS a hypermobility syndrome, which means she often has dislocations of all joints on a regular basis, also issues with increased heart rate, temperature regulation and is also a wheelchair user. Two years ago Catherine along with Elaine Stott, the Active4Life coordinator at Link4Life, and Catherine’s physiotherapist  put  tog ...

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John is 95 years old and is very happy to have reached this age and to be fit and well. John told me that he always keeps a positive outlook on life and tries to get out of the house as much as possible during the week. He is a regular member of the carers choir in Rochdale and also attends two functional fitness classes at Middleton Arena each week. John served in ...

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My walking football journey started in 2015 with an invitation from Paul Gardner at Link4Life to experience the above. Since starting to play I have gained immeasurable benefit from like-minded individuals who want to re-kindle their enthusiasm for the beautiful game, albeit at a slower pace. Having thought my playing days were over it has given me a second chance t ...

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