What is the Live Active GP referral service?
The service aims to improve your health and wellbeing, by working with you to become more active within your day to day life. The programme is designed to work individually with you to help manage your health condition/s through a tailored physical activity programme, with ongoing support.
Am I eligible to access the service?
You are eligible for support if you have any long term health conditions and you are currently inactive. You can discuss the service with your GP or healthcare professional and request for them to send a referral over to us. Alternatively, you can call us at the office: 0161 366 4860 to advise us of your health conditions.
How will it benefit me?
Research has shown that physical activity can have a positive effect on a wide range of long term health conditions. Increasing your physical activity, even by just a small amount initially, can help to reduce blood pressure, improve weight loss and improve heart and lung health, along with many other benefits.
How long will it last?
The referral process lasts for 6 months. You will have an initial consultation with a Live Active Officer at week 1, with appointments at weeks 6 and 12 and 6 months. There will then be a follow up after 12 months, to find out how you are doing. You will also have opportunities to make additional appointments if you need further support.
What is available and how much will it cost?
Appointments with your advisor will be free. There are also a range of discounted sessions available within the service, so finding something you enjoy is easy. If exercise classes or attending the gym aren’t for you, we have a range of fun and cheap alternative activities within the community, which are open to everyone. You can swim, cycle or even get involved in walking groups.
Will it make my condition worse?
It has been shown that increasing physical activity has a positive effect on many long term health conditions. Our Live Active Officers are trained to safely programme physical activities for a range of conditions and they will be by your side throughout the entire process. Some of the activities are even suitable for those of you who may need chair-based exercises.
What will I need to bring for my first session?
Your first appointment will be an informal chat with a Live Active Officer, to discuss your goals and the improvements that you would like to make to your health. We will advise you about what’s available and we will help to support you throughout the scheme, to stay motivated. If you are on any medication, please bring a copy of your prescription along with you.
Phone: 0161 366 4860 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org