In Torbay the GP Referral scheme has been set up to increase the number of adults participating in regular moderate intensity exercise or activity as part of a planned preventative and/or rehabilitation programme, as a prescribed treatment from their local GP. Physical activity has a key part in improving health and well being. It helps to prevent coronary heart disease, stroke and some forms of cancer - our countries leading killers. It can also reduce the risk of developing hypertension, diabetes, overweight and obesity.

The Fitness in Torbay exercise referral programme is a 10-week exercise programme supervised by fully qualified exercise professionals. The programme is aimed at people with medical conditions that would benefit from exercise. The cost is £60.

There are venues across Torbay offering different types of activities:

  • Gym sessions
  • Toning tables
  • Pilates
  • Circuits

Is it for you?

There are plenty of reasons to consider taking the first steps towards an active lifestyle, including:

  • Meeting new people and having fun
  • Improving your mobility
  • To manage long term health conditions such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes
  • Reducing stress and improving mental wellbeing
  • Increasing your self-esteem
  • And many more…

What happens at the end of the programme?

The aim of the programme is to help you become more active in the long term.

If you stop exercising and return to a sedentary lifestyle, any improvements you make during the programme will soon be lost.

Ask your exercise provider about what programmes are available on completion of the scheme or you can speak to a member of the Healthy Lifestyles Team.

Can I access the programme again?

You can access the programme for a second time if you completed the programme more than 12 months ago and have not been able to sustain an active lifestyle.

If there has been a change to your health which has made it difficult for you to stay active, or if there were exceptional circumstances which meant you were not able to complete the programme the first time round, you may be able to access the programme again within a 12 month period. Please contact the Healthy Lifestyles Team to discuss this.

If you are interested in the Fitness in Torbay Programme please contact the Healthy Lifestyles Team to arrange a discussion with a Health Coach or call us 0300 456 1006.