Doctors support scheme to get more people to exercise

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A NEW exercise referral scheme to help people with medical conditions to become active has been launched.

It is being operated by Gosport Leisure Centre and is being supported by Gosport Borough Council and the Fareham and Gosport Clinical Commissioning Group (F&G CCG).

It offers a 12-week programme of tailored support and advice to enable individuals to increase their levels of physical activity.

Access is via a referral to the leisure centre from a GP to ensure that people receive the right support for their medical condition and are exercising in a safe way.

Dr David Chilvers, chairman of the F&G CCG, said: ‘This scheme is important to help support those in need who want to achieve a healthier lifestyle – enabling them to make improvements to their own health or manage a long-term condition.

‘Increasing physical activity can help maintain a healthy weight, increase bone density, lower blood pressure, improve mobility, cholesterol, mood and lung function, as well as reduce stress and anxiety and increase energy levels.

‘A referral to the scheme will support people who are inactive to make exercise an everyday part of their lives, therefore improving their health.’

For more information about the scheme, visit the Gosport Leisure Centre in Forest Way, to pick up a leaflet, or contact the centre on (023) 9253 4950.