This Girl Can supports Menopause Warriors
Eastleigh Council’s This Girl Can Eastleigh campaign held a successful Menopause Warriors project over autumn across the Borough, to round off the year-long 2022 campaign.
Menopause Warriors launched on World Menopause Day (18 October) and provided a range of activities and resources to help those experiencing perimenopause or menopause symptoms to navigate and manage them.
90 women participated in the bookable activities, which consisted of discounted Broadway Boogie sessions at The Point Eastleigh, brand new Low Impact Circuits at Deer Park School, Hedge End, and a Lakeside Country Park Walk and Talk.
The brand-new Low Impact Circuits, that were set up as a result of the campaign, will continue at Deer Park School under Wildern Leisure Centre as a legacy of Menopause Warriors. The This Girl Can Eastleigh campaign has contributed towards the funding for equipment for these sessions to continue.
A participant said ‘’I've really enjoyed the sessions and I'm so pleased they're continuing. Low impact circuits are exactly what I've been looking out for to help me get back into exercising regularly. Josh is a great instructor - he is easy-going, approachable, encouraging and fun. He demonstrates exercises and offers alternative techniques when needed.’’
A Mind over Matter online workshop, led by Stacey Miller Consultancy was held to launch the campaign, where 56 women registered to learn more about managing and overcoming barriers to being more active.
As a result of the campaign:
· 74.2% have increased their activity levels:
· 80.6% says they feel more confident about participating in physical activity
Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Councillor Tonia Craig, said: “This Girl Can Eastleigh continues to be a successful project in the Borough to help women to get moving. It has been exciting to build on the recent swell in national interest to support women entering or going through the menopause. It’s an important life phase that should be spoken about openly, with confidence, and with easy-to-access tools to manage symptoms.”
Visit www.eastleigh.gov.uk/menopausewarriors to book onto the on-going activities or look up support and advice.