There are lots of opportunities to get active and eat healthily in Hertsmere.
Without knowing it, by the time we reach our 40s and 50s many of us will have dramatically increased our chances of becoming ill later in life. Whether we are eating the wrong things, drinking more than we should, continuing to smoke despite everything we know, or just not being active enough, all of these small things can add up to an unhealthy you.
Making better choices today can have a huge influence on our health, and could prevent diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cancer and heart disease, and reduce our risk of suffering a stroke or living with dementia, disability and frailty in later life. But it's not easy in our busy lives and modern life is ganging up on us.
One You will help you get back to a healthier you, supporting you to make simple changes towards a longer and happier life. One You provides tools, support and encouragement every step of the way, to help improve your health right away.
Take the free One You health quiz to see how you score and start the fight back to a healthier you. For more information visit the One You website.
Watford FC Men's Fitness Programme
Shape Up is a free 12 week weight management course for men funded by Public Health Hertfordshire and delivered by Watford FC’s Community Sports and Education Trust. The course is aimed at men aged 18 to 50-years-old with a BMI of 28 or over.
Participants meet up weekly for a ninety minute session comprising of a forty-five minute educational segment and a forty-five minute physical activity session. These two segments are delivered with the aim of improving participants healthy lifestyle knowledge to ensure a sustainable weight loss rather than the typically short term benefit of a diet based programme. This course is open and accessible to all, delivering at a number of different venues across Hertsmere including Bushey, Borehamwood and Potters Bar.
The next programme will begin at 7.30pm Monday 16 January at Allum Hall in Borehamwood. Contact Watford FC Trust if you would like to find out about upcoming programmes in your area.
Backed by local GPs, participants can get involved with Shape Up by signing up through their local surgery or simply by contacting 01923 496 391 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Shape Up programme is a Watford FC Community Sport and Education Trust project which has been funded by Public Health Herts.
Groundwork Wild Play
The Really Wild Adventure Play scheme is designed to help children learn about the importance of wildlife and how they can support it, as well as discovering new ways of playing in and enjoying the outdoors through 'wild play'.
Following the success of the schemes last year, we are working in partnership with Groundwork to deliver more sessions throughout the year.
Wild Play features activities from creating magic potions to hunting for mini-beasts. Previous participants have said: “It was a wonderful experience.” “Everything was brilliant. Great staff. Would definitely do it again.” “It has given us both something to do together that was fun, interesting, close to home, engaging and free."
The next free play sessions are taking place over the Christmas break aimed at four to eight-year-olds and their families in Potters Bar and Bushey.
To book, please contact Groundwork on 01707 260129. Please reference the Hertsmere Playscheme or email Hertfordshire@groundwork.org.uk
We Move, She Moves
The We Move, She Moves project, supported by the council, aims to get more women and girls aged 14 and upwards in Hertsmere moving. The scheme has lots of different activities and sessions taking place throughout the borough. So, if you would you like to try a new activity or want to get back into playing sport, then this is the project for you.
For more information please visit We Move, She Moves, email email@example.com or call Helen Hopkins on 020 8207 7801.
Did you know that keeping active and exercising regularly can drastically improve your health?
Herts Sports Partnership know that getting active can be difficult, that’s why their friendly and professional Get Active Specialists can help you get started. You’ll be able to work together to develop a free personal activity plan to make it simple to find ways to fit physical activity into your life.
To find out if you can get started, visit the Herts Sports Partnership website.
Exercise for FREE at your local park
Take a walk or go for a run through beautiful surroundings, use the outdoor gym or just sit back to relax in one of our parks.
Find out more about the facilities of your local park.
For more information, please contact 01442 454 00
Running has many health benefits including reduced risks of chronic illnesses, boosting your mood and helping to maintain a healthy weight. With all these benefits and more, why not have a go at Aldenham parkrun!
Aldenham parkruns are FREE, timed, five kilometre runs that take place every Saturday morning in more than 500 parks and woodlands around the world. They are coordinated by local volunteers and are open to people of all ages and abilities, with the emphasis on fun and fitness in a relaxed and welcoming environment. Parkrun is not a race - it's a timed run with friends and families.
To participate, register on the website then print off your barcode and turn up!
Aldenham parkrun happens every Saturday at 9am in Aldenham Country Park.
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, call 020 8207 7801 or email the volunteer team direct email@example.com
Leisure facilities in Hertsmere are managed by Hertsmere Leisure Trust, who provide and promote sport, recreational, and arts services for the borough.
Find out what fitness classes run at your local centre as well as the facilities on offer through the Hertsmere Leisure website. Hertsmere Leisure provide and promote sport, recreational, and arts services on behalf of the council.
Hertfordshire Health Walks
The Hertfordshire Health Walks is a countywide initiative of free, led walks coordinated by Countryside Management Service. It aims to help promote walking and encourage more people (all ages, backgrounds and abilities) to get outdoors, get more active and reap the benefits.
There's a walk tailored to every ability level, so find out more.
Sport pitches and courts
There are a number of sports pitches and courts across the borough where you can play football, hockey, bowls, cricket, rugby and tennis. Find out more on our sports pitches and courts page.
Sport and young people
We run a number of initiatives to encourage young people across the borough to get involved in sport. We work in partnership with Arsenal Football Club to deliver a range of activities including curriculum football, holiday activities, girl’s football and a double club, which combines football and literacy. We also run Twilight Dance sessions as well as organise a yearly team to compete in the Herts Youth Games.
There's something for everyone, so find out more.
Sports Club Database
There are a number of sports clubs which operate in, or for, the borough. Find your local club.
Where to park
Sport and leisure activities take place across the borough, find out where the nearest car park is.