A new trial initiative has been launched in the St Austell Bay area this week, which will see healthcare practitioners refer their patients to exercise programs to help with certain heath conditions.
The Exercise Referral Scheme includes a partnership between St Austell Healthcare and Cornwall College, who will deliver tailored exercise and fitness programs to the referred patient by highly qualified specialist Personal Trainers.
Hayley Burgoyne, Social Prescribing Facilitator for St Austell Healthcare said; ‘’Engaging in regular physical activity has tremendous physical and mental health benefits. St Austell Healthcare’s social prescribing team are supporting patients to access a variety of physical activity opportunities in the local community.”
“We are proud to be working with our community to improve physical activity levels and are delighted to be teaming up with Cornwall College on their new exercise referral scheme.”
“The support, guidance and expertise that exercise referral instructors can offer patients in the gym is a wonderful addition to our pioneering physical activity programme, ‘’ she added.
Clients with a variety of health conditions will be referred to the college fitness team and a tailored exercise programme will be created specifically to the client’s needs, over a period of 12 weeks.
These will be at a discounted rate to encourage exercise as a behaviour to improve health and wellbeing, with the end goal being that it becomes a part of their lifestyle.
Health and Wellbeing Manager Helen Pennells said; ‘The Cornwall College Exercise Referral Scheme allows individuals with certain medical conditions the opportunity to participate in physical activity in a safe and friendly environment. We’re excited to be working with St Austell Healthcare to support and encourage local participants in their pursuit of an active healthy lifestyle.’
Personal Trainer Steve Lay said; “I‘m looking forward to getting the scheme started as it provides a positive and encouraging outlet for people who suffer from certain health conditions and sedentary lifestyles the opportunity to lead a more healthy and active life.”
For more information on the range of Sport & Fitness courses available across The Cornwall College Group visit www.cornwall.ac.uk or call 0845 22 32 567.