CWP backs 'Health for Life' launch

18 August 2016

Local health partners have joined forces to launch regular health and wellbeing activities at the Countess of Chester Country Park.

The ‘Health for Life’ programme has identified the park as the perfect location for local residents, hospital staff and patients to improve their health and wellbeing.

The programme is the result of a partnership between Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP), the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, the Land Trust, the Mersey Forest and the Conservation Volunteers (TCV). Funding is being supported by The Big Lottery’s Nature4Health project.

Senior leaders backed the launch of the project by attending one of the programme’s weekly health sessions.

CWP Chief Executive Sheena Cumiskey said: “We’re so pleased that this programme is running right on the doorstep of our Chester bases.

“This is not just a great opportunity for local residents, but it’s important that staff feel they can take time out to enjoy the green space.

“As a Trust we recognise that staff are our greatest asset in achieving better outcomes for patients. If staff are feeling fit and healthy they’ll be able to deliver the best possible experience to our service users and carers.”

The Health for Life programme aims to demonstrate how being more active and spending time outdoors can help people’s wellbeing by reducing stress and improving mental health.

Alistair Cook, Health for Life Project Officer, said: “The Countess of Chester Country Park, right next to the Countess of Chester Health Park is a fantastic setting that provides a haven of green space for everybody.

“Participants have already said that the sessions are great for their health, meeting new people, having fun and for getting some exercise.

“We’ve already organised regular sessions but are happy to introduce more depending on demand. We’re urging local people to get in touch, get out and enjoy this fantastic park.”

Health for Life activities take place every Tuesday and Thursday, with gym exercises 10.00am – 12.30pm and health walks taking place at 1.30pm. All groups meet at the Countess of Chester Country Park car park off Countess Way, Chester.

For more information, contact Alistair Cook on 07767 113136 or e-mail


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