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Get yourself a Passport To Health

How active are YOU?

Staying physically active is one of the best ways to maintain a good quality of life. It is good for both physical and mental health and contributes to overall positive wellbeing. Every disease you come across you can treat with exercise. It is described as a wonder drug or magic pill or modern times, which if used in the right measures can:

  • Reduce the risk of heart disease by 40 per cent
  • Lower the risk of stroke by 27 per cent
  • Reduce the incidence of diabetes by almost half
  • Reduce the risk of recurrent breast cancer by almost half
  • Lower the risk of colon cancer by over 60 per cent
  • Decrease depression as effectively as Prozac

In April 2016 the Council relaunched it’s Passport to Health, GP exercise on referral scheme, with 2 new leading leisure providers, Greenwich Leisure Ltd (GLL) and Writhlington Leisure Trust.

The scheme has been in operation for ten years and supports inactive individuals who are at risk of heart disease or are experiencing low mood and low self esteem. It currently helps approximately 700 residents per year, however from April 2016 there will be an additional 150 places available for eligible clients. The scheme operates across the whole of Bath and North East Somerset and offers a tailored 12 week activity programme for local residents aged 16 and over. A recent evaluation of the scheme by Bath University showed that the service was effective at increasing activity levels up to 1 year post referral, and in addition other positive changes were observed that could help to sustain activity

Under the new partnership, the scheme’s offer will expand to the following leisure sites:

• Bath Sports and Leisure Centre

• Culverhay Sports Centre

• Odd Down Sports Ground

• Keynsham Leisure Centre

• Chew Valley Sports Centre

• Bath Approach Golf Course

• Entry Hill Golf Course

• Writhlington Leisure Centre

• Midsomer Norton Leisure Centre

In addition to a 12 week facilities-based programme, both providers will be offering a free Tier 2 weight management support for every participant who joins the scheme. All exercise sessions will remain low cost and all health screening and motivational support will continue to be provided free of charge.

For more information about accessing Passport to Health, speak to your GP, call Virgin Care's Healthy Lifestyles Service 0n 01225 831852 or visit their web page here.

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