Get Active for Health
Being active is well-known to be good for us; the activities in this section are designed to specifically help you improve and/or maintain your health.
Dartford Health Walks is an accredited Walking for Health scheme. Walking for Health, managed by the Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support, is a national programme of free short, accessible and sociable walks that last around 30-90 minutes. They aim to help people get the most out of walking for their physical and mental health, plus they provide a great opportunity to meet new people!
The walks are FREE to take part in and are led by trained walk volunteer leaders. They are great for people getting little or no exercise or who are recovering or suffering from an illness.
Walkers of any age or ability are welcome at these weekly walks. Just dress for the weather and wear comfortable footwear.
For more information on Health Walks please call 01732 227000.
- Healthy Living Centre Walk
This is a transition walk. Various starting and finishing points. For more information on this particular walk please contact Gareth on 07815 874299
- Darenth Country Park Walk
Starting and finishing in the Darent Valley Hospital reception area
- Greenhithe Walk
Starting and finishing at 'The Place' Community Café at St Mary's Greenhithe, London Road
- Central Park Walk
Starting and finishing at the War Memorial outside Central Park, Dartford
- Swanscombe Walk
Starting and finishing outside the Old Fire Station, Church Street, Swanscombe
- Swanscombe Walk
Sundays, 9am Starting and finishing outside the Old Fire Station, Church Street, Swanscombe
Falls Prevention Sessions
These sociable and fun classes are based on simple, progressive exercises especially adapted for older people (age 60+). The combination of sitting and standing exercises will help to keep you mobile, flexible and strong, while improving your balance and helping you avoid falls.
- Mondays, 11am-12noon
Stone Pavilion, Hayes Road, Stone
- Thursdays, 11am-12noon
Age Concern Meadowside, Meadowside Road, Dartford
NHS Health Checks
If you are aged 40 to 74 and haven't had a health check in the last five years, you can take advantage of a free health MOT for an overall assessment of your health. Each check takes about half an hour with a qualified health checker. You'll be asked some simple questions and we will check your cholesterol, blood pressure, weight and calculate your body mass index. For further details of dates and venues across the Borough contact the Healthy Living Team.
Health Matters Lifestyle Programme
Health Matters is a specialised 12-week programme offering support, care and encouragement for people with a wide range of medical conditions. The programme aims to help with fitness and confidence through activities such as specialised classes in the pool and at the gym. Health Matters is run by fully qualified specialist Cardiac and GP Rehabilitation Instructors.
All referrals onto the Health Matters Referral programme will benefit from reduced membership fees. To find out if you qualify please contact Naomi (GP Referral Co-ordinator) on 01322 421166.