Using Physical Activity to improve the health of the county

By NickiBlake on May 24th, 2012 - comments

A guide to physical activity in Lincolnshire has been developed to improve the health of the county.

NHS Lincolnshire and Active Lincolnshires Partnership have created a Physical Activity Referral Guide to encourage people to keep active and take part in activity across the county.

1200 copies of the Referral Guide have been sent to every General Practitioner inLincolnshire, and will be distributed to all hospitals throughout the county.

Dr Tony Hill, Director of Public Health at NHS Lincolnshire, said: “The guide will make it easier for health professionals to signpost patients to opportunities in their area that will help people to live healthier lives. We want to encourage all ages and abilities to become more active and make the most of the schemes included in this guide.”

The Referral Guide has been developed to support primary care staff when referring patients to physical activity programmes such as Exercise Referral Schemes, Fit Kids, Health Walks, Vitality classes and Health Trainers.

Sarah Ferneyhough, Physical Activity Manager at Active Lincolnshires Partnership, said: “We are running a number of physical activity programmes inLincolnshirethat would benefit our population, but these programmes are not being utilised. Taking part in exercise and physical activity is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to improve your lifestyle, live a healthy life and keep active. All of our programmes are free and offer friendly guidance and support.”

Videos about all of the programmes on offer can be seen online at www.lincolnshiresports.com/physicalactivity.

Any medical practitioner, who has not received their copy of Physical Activity Referral Guide for Health Professionals and would like to request one, should contact Active Lincolnshire Partnership on 01522 585 580 or office@lincolnshiresports.co.uk.