Exercise Referral Schemes

Exercise Referral

Exercise referral schemes aim to improve an individual's health and wellbeing by offering physical activity and healthy eating opportunities. An individual may be assessed by a healthcare professional and referred to a physical activity provider or scheme due to a sedentary/inactive lifestyle impacting their health. Specific services will be selected to meet the individual's needs in order to improve their individual health requirements.

Fitter Futures

Fitter Futures Warwickshire, co-ordinated by Nuneaton & Bedworth Leisure Trust, are responsible for the exercise referral schemes in Stratford-on-Avon District (and throughout the county) as commissioned by Public Health Warwickshire and Warwickshire County Council.

Fitter Futures receive referrals from healthcare professionals and will offer individuals one of the following three options:

  • Weight Management on Referral
    • Individuals who require this service will receive a free 12 week dietary programme through Slimming World
  • Family Weight Management
    • Offers a nine week physical activity, eating and lifestyle programme to families with at least one child (4 - 12 years) who is overweight. Parents/carers can refer themselves and their child to this service.
  • Physical Activity on Referral
    • This scheme offers a 12 week physical activity and healthy lifestyle support programme which could include the opportunity to access leisure centres, community classes, or physical activity consultants

For further information in regards to exercise referral, please follow the link to the Fitter Futures website - fitterfutureswarwickshire.co.uk/ or speak to your GP. You can also contact Fitter Futures for further details - email: fitterfutures@nbleisuretrust.org

Recommended Physical Activity Guidelines

The NHS recommends that an adult (19 - 64 years) should complete 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week - it is suggested this could be completed in 30 minute intervals, five times a week. Moderate intensity exercise could include activities such as brisk walking or cycling. It is also recommended to complete strength exercises on at least two days a week. Children (5 - 18 years) should complete 60 minutes of physical activity a day, including at least three days of exercises that strengthen muscle and bone.

Please follow the link to the NHS 'Live Well' page for further information about Physical Activity Guidelines - www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/Pages/physical-activity-guidelines-for-adults.aspx

Benefits of Physical Activity

There are many physical, psychological and social benefits to exercise including:

  • reducing the risk of type-2 diabetes, strokes, cancer and heart disease
  • increasing self-esteem, mood and reducing stress

Last updated on 07/11/2018

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