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Exercise Referral

NHS England

Contact Name
NHS England
Contact Email
england.contactus@nhs.net
Contact Telephone
0300 311 22 33

Get Involved

What is Exercise Referral?

Exercise referral is when a medical professional refers the patient to an exercise programme.

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.

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

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

Involvement

For more information and local contacts/welcome packs, visit www.lrsport.org/exercisereferral

Campaigns

Leicester-Shire & Rutland One You

Leicester-Shire & Rutland One You is here to help achieve a healthier you by providing tools and support to make small, easy changes towards a longer, healthier life.

Make your Move

The greatest benefits to our physical and mental health comes when we go from doing no physical activity at all to doing just a little bit!

Local Programmes

First Contact Plus

An online tool which helps adults in Leicestershire find information about a range of services all in one place.

Your local Physical Activity, Sport & Health Team

Delivering programmes to support you to become more active.

Local Contacts

Contact your Local Exercise Referral Co-ordinator

Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport

Url
http://www.lrsport.org/exercisereferral

Partners

  • Leicestershire County Council
    Safeguarding
    Harborough LSA
    H&B LSA
    Melton LSA
  • Sport England
    Active Rutland
    Blaby LSA
    O&W LSA
    Equality Standard
  • County Sport Network
    Active Leicester
    Charnwood LSA
    NWL LSA

Partners

  • O&W LSA
    Active Rutland
  • Harborough LSA
    County Sport Network
  • Melton LSA
    Charnwood LSA
  • NWL LSA
    Safeguarding
  • Sport England
    Equality Standard
  • Leicestershire County Council
    Blaby LSA
  • H&B LSA
    Active Leicester