Healthwise: Physical Activity Referral Scheme

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Healthwise introduces individuals to the benefits of physical activity in order to help manage and improve existing medical conditions. Healthwise aims to encourage people of all abilities to become and remain more active which should in turn improve knowledge, skills, confidence and improve an individual’s health and wellbeing.

The Better Health Team provide information and support with physical activity, diet and healthy lifestyles. They monitor progress and adjust individual’s physical activity programmes accordingly to ensure they are on track to reach their goals.

This scheme is currently being delivered at Better Leisure Centres in York. For details on how to obtain a referral and register as a Healthwise member please find further information below.

Who is Healthwise for?

The programme is for York residents or patients from a York GP surgery. It is designed to assist people who are currently inactive with medical conditions or other specialist requirements that prevent them from entering mainstream exercise.

Common reasons for referral:

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Asthma
  • Circulatory / respiratory diseases
  • Depression and anxiety

What Activities Are Available?

Healthwise provides members with a wide range of classes and exercise options to suit all abilities. A qualified GP Referral Instructor can help select suitable classes tailored to an individual’s medical conditions and needs. A physical activity programme may include some of the following:

  • Gym based sessions- independent or supervised
  • Group exercise options
  • Water-based exercise
  • Weight management classes
  • Nordic walking
  • Pilates
  • Falls prevention
  • Walk 2 Jog

What Support Can the Better Health Team Provide?

The Better Health Team can:

  • assess and monitor progress, providing suitable physical activity for your condition
  • motivate and encourage you during your activity programme to achieve your goals
  • advise you on how to exercise safely and with confidence
  • provide assistance to exercise independently
  • provide support and answer your questions.

What Memberships Are Available?

The Healthy Living Membership provides access to the Gym, Pool and classes for a monthly or annual fee, obtainable for previously sedentary individuals who have a medical condition(s).

You can choose from the following options: pay-as-you-go, monthly direct debit or upfront annual payments. Current prices are available on request.

How to Apply

If you are interested in Healthwise, please speak to your GP or Practice Nurse who will authorise your request.

Once they have provided you with a completed referral form, please e-mail the Program Co-ordinator to arrange your first appointment at a Better, York Leisure Centre.


Healthwise York Newsletter

The Healthwise newsletter is a resourse to find out what new activities are being introduced, current issues and what monthly campaigns we are supporting.

Monthly Healthwise newsletters can be found below

May 2019