Exercise Referral Scheme
Improving my health
Exercise Referral is a 12-week programme designed to improve health and wellbeing by encouraging participants to move more within a safe and comfortable environment. The scheme aims to help those who suffer from, or are at risk of, developing chronic medical conditions and provides support to people whose health could benefit from a more active lifestyle.
How can physical activity help me?
Physical activity is an essential aspect of good health, managing conditions and preventing illness. By increasing your level of physical activity, you can support your body in:
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Increasing bone density
- Improving mobility, cholesterol levels, lung function and mood
- Lowering blood pressure, stress, and anxiety levels
What can I expect from the scheme?
Upon signing up to the scheme, you will meet our friendly team of trained staff at your chosen Leisure Centre within the Epping District. Together, you will agree a personal plan which considers your medical conditions, preferences, interests, and lifestyles.
During the 12-week programme, you will be provided with ongoing support from the team to achieve the goals set during your first consultation session.
What’s the process?
Your first appointment can take 30 minutes at either Places Leisure Epping, Loughton, Ongar, Waltham Abbey Leisure Centre. You will meet with a member of the fitness team to go through a pre-exercise questionnaire and discuss the different activities available.
The team will work with you to set realistic goals and work through an exercise plan. If the gym is something you would like to try, we’ll set you up with a personalised programme and taking into account your medical conditions and reason for referral.
Throughout the programme you will have access to ongoing support and receive follow-ups/reviews at e.g., six and 12 weeks.
Am I eligible?
Those who are eligible include people who are currently inactive and suffer with one or more of the following medical conditions:
- Obesity (BMI over 30)
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Simple mechanical (non-specific) back pain
- Total joint replacement
- COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
- Cancer rehabilitation
- Cardiac rehabilitation
How much does it cost?
How do I sign up?
If you meet the requirements, you can either be referred via your GP, nominated help professional, or by emailing us for more information