New Exercise & Health Promotion Clinic launched in Ireland
New approach to self-management as ITTS Ireland launch a new exercise and health promotion clinic.
As part of the ITTS demonstrator projects Ireland has begun a new approach to enabling participants to actively engage in exercise within a safe environment.
The goal of the health portal is to capitalise on the 'waiting room anxiety' experienced in primary care centres. By having the portal within a primary care setting, participants have a new confidence to simply have a go, knowing that clinical support is nearby if they feel they need attention.
The health portal is set up in an easy to follow pathway with stations including:
- Blood pressure monitor
- Body Mass Index (BMI) calculator
- Various physical exercises, including: walking on treadmill, exercise bike, light weight lifting
During the first visit to the portal, participants are guided through each of the self-health check and exercise stations. When they feel competent enough, they are encouraged to continue on at a pace at which they are comfortable.
One of the challenges of the health portal is to get participants to make the first step; the next challenge is to encourage the use of the room on an ongoing basis with visits to the portal on days they are not visiting their General Practitioner.
For more information about the new health portal, see our demonstrator project pages.