HCM Issue 8 2021

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Fitness professionals make great social prescribing linkworkers, as their consultation skills, ability to recognise cues when speaking to people and follow-up on actions are all called upon

“Fitness professionals would also make great link workers as their consultation skills, ability to recognise cues when speaking to people and follow up on actions to be taken will all be called upon here.” Engaging in social prescribing is not only very rewarding, it can also help operators keep their best staff by engaging them in this new role. “Operators that don’t have a social prescribing arm should seek out local link workers and find out how they can help engage people at their site,” says Vishnubala. “It’s a great way for operators to keep the best PTs in the business, especially those who might be slightly older or more experienced, as their life skills and empathy are highly valuable and transferable when it comes to working with people arriving on-site via social prescribing.” By understanding the core fundamentals of health and wellbeing, the fitness industry can help people on their fitness and wellness journey. Social prescribing gives leisure providers the chance to open their doors to new people and open their minds to new opportunities. This rewarding work will encourage fitness professionals to broaden their skillset and bespoke training is available to ensure they are confident and ready to meet the demands – and opportunities – presented by social prescribing. l More: www.activeiq.co.uk

Upskilling Staff Active IQ has developed two qualifications in partnership with Ad-Lib Training designed to support and upskill the broader workforce within the leisure sector The Active IQ Level 1 Award in Influencing Health and Wellbeing focuses on providing learners with an understanding of the principles of health and wellbeing, the role of activity in health and wellbeing and the benefits of a healthy, balanced diet. Open to anyone over the age of 14, learners will develop their communication skills and learn how to support individuals to improve their health and wellbeing. The Active IQ Level 2 Award in Health and Community Activation, takes things a step further by looking into behavioural changes on a much deeper level. This qualification is open to anyone over the age of 16 and has no prerequisites. Both courses will enable learners to understand: l how lifestyle factors affect health and wellbeing l the components of fitness l the principles of training l the role of activity on health and wellbeing l the barriers and motivators for leading a healthy, active lifestyle Find out more n Get in touch with our business development team at businessdevelopment@activeiq.co.uk n Get more details on the Active IQ Level 1 Award in Influencing Health and Wellbeing at www.HCMmag.com/ActiveIQ-HW ©Cybertrek 2021 Issue 8 2021

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The Active IQ training courses are specially designed for fitness professionals