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GP Active Lifestyle Referral Scheme - Primary 

active lifestyle

Although many people know that physical activity is good for them they are often unsure how to take the first steps to becoming more active.


Leicestershire Health, your local council and many local GP surgeries are dedicated to help achieve the best possible health and quality of life.

The Active Lifestyle GP Referral Scheme offers those who currently do little or no activity or who have a condition that could benefit from physical activity a chance to participate in physical activity give guidance and advice on how to increase activity levels. In other words participate in exercise.


How Does The Active Lifestyle Gp Referral Scheme Work?


A range of activities may be offered, for example,

  • exercise in a fitness suite using cardiovascular equipment
  • gentle exercise to music
  • aqua-aerobics at a special reduced rate.
  • chair based exercise.

Our referral period is 12 weeks during which you have the opportunity to speak to our team on a one to one basis to improve both your fitness and your wellbeing.

The activities available will vary depending on the area in which you live. Exercise referral schemes are run in a variety of locations but these a few benefits:

  • Exercise under the guidance of qualified exercise professionals
  • At a convenient venue in the local community
  • At a special reduced rate



How Do I Join The Scheme?


If you decide to participate you will be given a gentle introduction to a programme of activity that will be set at a level suitable for your current capabilities with others in a similar situation.

You will also be provided with your own Activity Booklet which contains advice and tips on activity at home and a diary section to monitor your own progress.

If you are interested in taking part in this scheme please ask your practice nurse or GP for details or contact your local co-ordinator details below. You can also find out more by visiting your local council’s website.


Local Co-Ordinator Contact

  • Leicester City Tel: (0116) 233 3096
  • Blaby - G.P Referral Co-ordinator Tel: 0116 286 6881
  • Charnwood - Leisure Development Officer Tel: 01509 634594
    Link to the website to view the activites:
  • Harborough - Recreation Development Officer Tel: 01858 821284 to check
  • Hinckley & Bosworth - G.P Referral Co-ordinator Simon BatesTel: 01455 891854
  • North West Leicestershire - Health and Fitness Development Officer
    Tel: 01530 454606
  • Oadby and Wigston - Leisure Development Officer- Kate Faulner
    Tel: 0116 257 2674

Check your local Council website for Active Lifestyle referral scheme activities and sport and Leisure activities in your area.