Health & Wellbeing Guidance

From an early age right through to later in life, there are proven benefits to your Health and Wellbeing from being physically active, some of these include:

  • Improves cardiovascular health
  • Maintains a healthy weight
  • Improves bone health
  • Improves self-confidence
  • Helps maintain ability to perform everyday tasks with ease
  • Improves self-esteem
  • Reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety
  • And many more
  • Develops new social skills
  • Reduces risk of a range of diseases, e.g. coronary
  • heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes
  • Helps maintain a healthy weight

Health and Wellbeing Opportunities

In addition to participating in an activity session (visit our ‘Find an Activity’ page for more information), programmes are also on offer in the borough, designed to help you to lead a healthier lifestyle and improve your wellbeing.

Free Online Health Check

Discover how you can live a healthier life with our free online health check. Our free online health check assesses your response to a few simple questions and uses these to tailor a range of personalised tips and advice that will help to improve your health and wellbeing.

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Physical Activity Referral Programmes

In partnership with Barnet Council, Better offer a range of specialist health intervention programmes, aimed at supporting people to get physically active. These include:

  • Physical Activity Referral
  • Adult Weight Management
  • Child Weight Management

Health professionals can refer patients to a physical activity programme designed for individuals with existing health conditions as well as those at risk of developing health conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension and depression, who would benefit from specialist support to become and remain more active.

The programme has been designed to help participants to increase their knowledge, skills and confidence, and improve their health and wellbeing, incorporating one to one assessments, behaviour change techniques and individual tailoring of activity plans – all offered at a low cost to participants.

Do you have a medical condition and are looking to become more active? Speak to your GP today who will be able to refer you.

Adult Weight Management

Adult Weight Management courses run for a ten week period and encompass both educational and physical activity components to promote healthy eating and an active lifestyle.

Do you have a BMI of 30-40 and are looking for a bit more support to lose weight and become more active? Speak to your GP who can refer you to the programme.

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Child Weight Management

XPLORE is a FREE 8 week healthy lifestyle programme for 4-13 year olds, delivered in Better leisure centres across Barnet. The programme, for children and their families, assists children who might be over the healthy weight range to make lifestyle and dietary changes, helping to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Each 8-week programme consists of interactive nutrition workshops and fun physical activity sessions. Sessions run afterschool from 4.00-6.00pm.

GPs, health professionals and self referrals are all welcome to refer into the programme. If you’d like to make a referral, book a spot on the programme or just find out more details of the programme itself please email xplore.barnet@gll.org or alternatively call 020 8457 9907.

Better Balance

Better Balance activity classes runs over 8 sessions and is suitable for those at risk or have a fear of falling. The programme focuses on strength, balance and coordination exercises, for participants that are independently mobile with or without a walking aid. 

Speak to your GP today who will be able to refer you.

Cancer Rehab

Working in partnership with Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, this 12-session physical activity programme is designed for patients aged 18 years and over, with a cancer diagnosis living in Barnet. 

If you would like more details of the programme, please email foundation@tottenhamhotspur.com or alternatively contact 020 8365 5138

Making better choices today can have a big impact on your health. One You Barnet is here to help you get healthier and feel better with free tips, tools and support. Whether it’s moving more, eating more healthily or checking yourself – One You Barnet can help you make small, practical changes that fit in with your life.

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Barnet Suicide Prevention

Encouraging men to talk about their mental health, seek help and where possible to support other men in their lives is at the heart of our Suicide Prevention Strategy.

As part of the multi-agency Barnet Suicide Prevention Partnership, we are launching the first phase of a campaign focused on preventing mental ill-health and suicidality amongst men.

In the UK, suicide is the leading cause of death in people aged 15-24, and the biggest killer of men under 49. Every year many more attempt or contemplate suicide, harm themselves or suffer alone, afraid to speak openly about how they are feeling.

Download the award-winning Stay Alive app

The Stay Alive app is a pocket suicide prevention resource, packed full of useful information to help you stay safe.

If you need urgent support call Samaritans on 116 12. If you have been affected by a suicide bereavement visit here NCL Support After Suicide or call 07483 368 700.

ANDYSMANCLUB takes its name from Andrew Roberts, a man who sadly took his own life aged 23 in early 2016.

As a result, family members set up ANDYSMANCLUB a group where men aged 18 and above can speak openly about their mental health in a judgment-free, non-clinical, confidential environment.

The talking groups run nationwide every Monday at 7pm (except bank holidays). We aim to set up a physical club in Barnet as part of the peer-to-peer plan within Barnet’s suicide prevention strategy.

If you are interested in joining, want to help set up the Barnet scheme or just want to attend the Monday evening sessions (excluding bank holidays), please drop an email to info@andysmanclub.co.uk. 

Remember, it’s okay to talk and you’re not alone.

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