Exercise on referral is where doctors or other health professionals can refer individuals who they feel would benefit from physical activity and help them improve their medical conditions.
The exercise on referral programme is for Barking and Dagenham residents aged 18 +, who are suffering from a medical condition and would like to improve their health through physical activity and lifestyle change.
People can be referred to us due to any of the following:
- Full risk factors for CVD:
- Hypertension – systolic<180 diastolic <100
- Diabetes type I – II controlled
- Mild to moderate depression, stress and anxiety
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Rheumatoid Arthritis / Osteoporosis
- Cancer (from September 16)
There are many benefits to taking part in physical activity. These include:
- Reduce the risk of coronary heart disease
- Assist with weight loss
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Control blood sugar levels
- Improve mobility and posture
- Strengthen muscles
- Socialise and have fun
- Improve quality of life and overall health
Our qualified instructors will complete an initial consultation to find out your personal goals and interests, they will then advise you on the best types of activity for the reason you have been referred.
Activities could include:
Gym sessions: customers will be given a 12 week exercise programme which they will be able to follow under guidance of our qualified instructors
Exercise classes: these classes will be available for ‘low risk’ customers and will include a mixture of aerobic and low impact based sessions which will give individuals the chance to exercise outside of the gym. All of the classes will be taught by one of our qualified instructors who are there to help you exercise safely and with confidence
Health walks: customers will be encouraged to attend the local health walks which takes places at various parks in the borough
If you fit the criteria and would like to take part in the Active for Life, Exercise on Referral programme, all you will need to do is get your doctor, practice nurse or a medical professional to sign an exercise on referral form.
Once your referral form has been signed contact us to book your appointment. Appointments can take up to four weeks.
Healthy Lifestyles Team
Barking Town Hall, Barking, IG11 7LU
020 8724 8018