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What was Fit as a Fiddle?

Fit as a fiddle was a nationwide programme that championed physical activity, healthy eating and mental wellbeing for older people

We received £15.1 million to deliver it from the Big Lottery Fund as part of their Wellbeing programme in 2007.

Projects were delivered regionally by over 400 community organisations, including 100 local Age UKs. Over 350,000 older people and 4,500 volunteers participated in activities throughout the programme.

The National Programme delivered two England wide initiatives: it developed new models for engaging older people in volunteer based activity programmes and a range of activity based resources for consumers and practitioners.

Nine regional programmes co-ordinated a portfolio of innovative projects that enhanced older people’s health and wellbeing, from ‘Dancing for fun’ and aqua circuits to men’s cooking groups and thai chi.

Watch: My Fit as a Fiddle experience

Audrey Besley talks about her experience with the Fit as a Fiddle program...

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