Healthy Lifestyles on Referral

What Impact has Healthy Lifestyles on referral had on our community?

The Healthy Lifestyles on Referral programme at Active Lifestyle Centres has been a fantastic support system for people across South Gloucestershire dealing with physical and mental health challenges. Getting active can boost the quality of life for those with ongoing health issues and individuals in recovery alongside taking some pressure off our national health services.

The Healthy Lifestyles on Referral scheme is available across all our Active Lifestyle Centre locations, offering an array of activities dedicated to enhancing the physical activity of those who need it the most. The programme works through health professionals referring individuals with long-term conditions for specialised support through physical activity.

Some of the individuals who are referred to the programme suffer from such conditions as diabetes, cancer, those recovering from joint replacement surgery, anxiety or depression and cardiovascular disease. These types of conditions can make it daunting and difficult to remain active in daily life. Still, with the help of our healthy lifestyle specialists, participants in the programme can return to active independence, an improved quality of life, and prevent further health risks.

The Healthy Lifestyles on Referral programme goes beyond just offering access to traditional physical activity such as swimming or the gym.  We provide classes specially designed for individuals living with conditions like arthritis, lung issues, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s.

Our partnership with health professionals and local councils, has led to new activities such as BioCircuit and BodyTone studios being introduced.  These facilities have been created to cater to individuals with specific health needs and rehabilitation requirements.  Our goal is to create a supportive and welcoming space where anyone, no matter their health issues, can get on the path to better health and well-being.

The Social Value of Physical and Mental Health Intervention Programmes

The Trust’s Health Intervention Programmes have made a real impact on the well-being of residents across South Gloucestershire dealing with persistent health issues or injuries.  Using a Social Value Calculator (developed by Experian, Sheffield Hallam University and 4Global*), we can now monetise the social value created by participation in exercise.  The value of Active Lifestyle physical and mental health intervention programmes in the last fiscal year equated to £3.3 million! This value is worked out from reduced healthcare costs, fewer ongoing health problems, and less need for GP visits and therapy sessions.

Jim Rollo, Active Centres Healthy Lifestyle manager, expresses his enthusiasm, “We are thrilled to witness the transformative impact of the Healthy Lifestyles Initiative on our community. Our unwavering commitment to promoting physical and mental wellness, nurturing social connections, and delivering measurable social value has propelled us into a leadership role in community-driven health initiatives.”

How Does Healthy Lifestyles on Referral Work?

The Healthy Lifestyles on Referral scheme starts with a thorough consultation to create a personalised plan based on your health and abilities. Our experts provide and guide the participants on a tailored journey, offering support and insight for a more active lifestyle.

Our skilled fitness instructors lead a range of activities like yoga, pilates, and group exercises – all aimed at boosting your well-being. These activities help you learn and grow, making you more independent and confident.  Participants also get the opportunity to meet like-minded people on the same journey.

H2- What are the Benefits of the Healthy Lifestyles on Referral Scheme?

Participating in our referral programme brings a host of physical and mental benefits, sparking positive changes in their well-being. The healthy lifestyles programme offers various advantages that together enhance overall health and quality of life. These include:

  • More Energy
  • Better Mood
  • Improved Sleep
  • Weight Control
  • Stronger Muscles and Joints
  • Lower Osteoporosis Risk
  • Balanced Blood Pressure
  • Healthier Cholesterol
  • Diabetes Prevention
  • Reduced Cancer Risk
  • Heart Attack Prevention
  • Fall and Injury Prevention
  • Quicker Recovery

The Referral programme is a path to a fuller, happier life. It provides participants with the ability to be in control of their well-being and feel great. If you want to know more about our Healthy Lifestyle on Referral programme, chat with your GP or reach out to us directly – we’re here to answer your questions!

* Funded by The Higher Educational Innovation Fund (HIEF), Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and Sport England.