Youngsters in Doncaster walk their way to a healthy lifestyle

Student health visitor Rachel Hearnden is helping Doncaster youngsters walk their way to a healthy lifestyle.

Thursday, 19th May 2022, 9:48 am

Rachel introduced monthly Bumps, Buggies and Little Walkers guided walks - with treasure hunts – at Wheatley’s Sandall Park after learning that parents living in the local area were concerned about how to help their children maintain a healthy weight.

Rachel, who works for Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH), said: “I completed a health needs assessment in my placement area which highlighted three health concerns – healthy weight, and healthy teeth in children aged from birth to five years old and sustained breastfeeding beyond six weeks. I presented these health needs to the local community at Wheatley Family Hub and via social media. Healthy weight came out as the issue that was most important to the community.

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Pictured are parents and children enjoying one of Rachel’s organised walks

“I set up the walks to support parents in helping their children maintain a healthy outlook by making exercise a normal part of their lives. The walks promote fitness, are good for mental health, and are a way for parents and carers to meet new people in a friendly environment.

“I have been supported by the family hub, a local community connector called Ian, and another local volunteer called Ruth.

“Feedback has been really positive, so I plan to run the walks through the summer until I leave for a new job in Sheffield, when I hope the family hub and volunteers will continue with them.”

*Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) provides a range of mental health, learning disability, drug and alcohol services and community health services across Rotherham, Doncaster and North Lincolnshire.

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