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Exercise Referral

NHS England

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NHS England
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0300 311 22 33

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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


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


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


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.

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Local Contacts

Contact your Local Exercise Referral Co-ordinator

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


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