Blidworth, Southwell and Dukeries leisure centres to host free activities to help residents take up healthier lifestyles

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Folk with a medical complaint are being offered the opportunity to get involved in a variety of free activities to help support them lead a healthy lifestyle.

The activities are part of a GP Referral Scheme which is a personalised 12-week activity programme delivered by instructors at Dukeries, Southwell and Blidworth leisure centres.

Leisure bosses say the scheme also includes cardiac rehabilitation sessions for individuals recovering from coronary heart problems who are referred by a health care professional; these include specialist exercise classes delivered by trained cardiac instructors.

The council’s active lifestyles officer, James Wheat, said: “We support more than 300 patients per year on our GP Exercise Referral Scheme, offering access at each of our leisure centres with support from one of our specialist GP Referral-trained instructors. The instructors ensure physical activity sessions are safe and beneficial and can include swimming, gym or fitness classes.”

Throughout February, Newark & Sherwood District Council’s sport development team has been supporting the British Heart Foundation’s National Heart Month.

Coronary heart disease is one of the UK’s biggest killers, responsible for one death every seven minutes. The council’s sports development team wants to help people make simple changes to their lifestyle to bring about better long-term health.

For more information, folk should contact their GP or contact James on 01636 655715. For details of the sessions available visit http://www.newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk/healthylifestyles/.