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Exercise Referral & Heart Smart

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Exercise Referral & Heart Smart

The Exercise (Health) Referral scheme is designed to aid individuals (adults aged 16 or over) who have been identified by their GP or other health professional to take up the benefits of participation in enjoyable exercise.

There are two schemes, one covering Leicestershire and Rutland and one covering Leicester City. For more information please see the 'How to get involved' section below.


Facts

UK physical activity guidelines recommend that over a week, adults should be active for at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity. The 150 minutes doesn't have to be completed in one go. It can be broken down into smaller bouts of activity; in bouts of 10 minutes or more.

Public Health England recommends out of these 150 minutes, muscle strengthening activities should be carried out two days of the week.

If you suffer from any of the following conditions you could be eligible for the Exercise Referral Scheme:

  • arthritis
  • asthma
  • back pain
  • diabetes
  • depression
  • high blood pressure
  • heart condition
  • high cholesterol
  • osteoporosis
  • obesity.

Benefits Of Exercise

Physical Activity can play an important role in preventing and managing health conditions such as coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, mental health problems, musculoskeletal conditions and some cancers.

Exercise can have a positive effect on well-being and mood, providing a sense of achievement or relaxation and release from daily stress.

  • Greater social cohesion by helping people to socialise, providing a means of getting involved with the community
  • Increasing how much physical activity someone does can significantly improve both their physical and mental well-being and reduce illnesses and disease throughout life
  • It can also improve life expectancy
  • Being active improves sleep, enhances quality of life and well-being
  • Reduces stress
  • Increases concentration levels
  • Improves balance, co-ordination and cardiovascular fitness
  • Increases self-confidence

How to get involved

If you have a condition you feel may be improved by increasing activity levels please speak to your local GP. If you are eligible for the scheme, you can be referred by your GP or other health professional using the Exercise (Health) Referral Form.

For further information about your local Scheme, please contact your relevant co-ordinator using the contacts below.


Your Local Contact & Welcome Pack

Blaby

Blaby

Neesha Memetovic

Telephone
0116 2727694 / 07500992645
Website
http://www.sportblaby.org.uk/
Charnwood

Charnwood

Tina Coles

Telephone
01509 611080 / 07730801967
Website
http://www.charnwoodsport.org.uk/
Harborough

Harborough

Danny Hallam

Telephone
01858 821286 / 07879828187
Website
http://www.harboroughsport.org.uk/
Hinckley & Bosworth

Hinckley & Bosworth

Graeme Chilvers

Telephone
01455 255678 / 07966202085
Website
http://www.hbsha.org.uk/
Leicester City

Leicester City

Active Lifestyles Scheme

Telephone
0116 4546768
Website
http://www.leicester.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/public-health/

To enrol onto the Active Lifestyle Scheme in Leicester City, please speak to your doctor or nurse and ask for a referral into the Lifestyle Referral Hub, once we receive this referral we will call you within 5 working days in order to refer you onto the programme. Please note this scheme is only for those living in the city of Leicester.

Contact Details: Lifestyle Referral Hub, Unit 11 Warren Park Way, Enderby, LE19 4SA | Tel: 0116 217 1881

Melton

Melton

Steve Taylor

Telephone
01664 504289
Website
http://www.meltonsportandhealth.org.uk/
North West Leicestershire

North West Leicestershire

Christine Robinson

Telephone
01530 454606/ 01530 811215
Website
http://www.northwestleicslsa.org.uk/
Oadby & Wigston

Oadby & Wigston

Elena Plowright

Telephone
0116 272 0789 / 07738982152
Website
http://www.activeoadbywigston.org.uk/
Rutland

Rutland

Exercise Referral Coordinator

Amy Hammond

Address
Catmose Sports Centre, Huntsman’s Drive, Oakham, LE15 6RP
Telephone
01572 758200
Website
http://www.activerutland.org.uk/

For more information please contact:

Krishana Mistry

Krishana Mistry

GP Exercise Referral

Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport

  • Exercise Referral Programme
  • Physical Activity Development Projects
Telephone
01509 564871

Partners

  • Age UK L&R
    Charnwood Borough Council
    Harborough District Council
    East Midlands Platform
    Equality Standard
  • Sport England
    County Sport Network
    British Heart Foundation
    Safeguarding
    North West Leicestershire District Council
  • QUEST
    Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
    Leicestershire County Council
    Melton Borough Council
    Blaby District Council
  • Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
    Loughborough University
    Leicester City Council
    Rutland County Council

Partners

  • Harborough District Council
    British Heart Foundation
  • Age UK L&R
    Safeguarding
  • County Sport Network
    Equality Standard
  • Melton Borough Council
    Blaby District Council
  • North West Leicestershire District Council
    Sport England
  • Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
    Leicester City Council
  • Leicestershire County Council
    Rutland County Council
  • East Midlands Platform
    Charnwood Borough Council
  • Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
    QUEST
  • Loughborough University