What is Healthwise?

Our Healthwise physical activity referral program is designed to show you the transformative power of exercise and how it can greatly benefit your overall health. Whether you're aiming to prevent future health issues or manage existing ones, this program provides the support and guidance you need. We believe that everyone deserves the chance to lead an active life, no matter their current health or fitness level.

From the very start, our dedicated team is here to support you. We'll introduce you to the best exercises suited for you, craft a personalised workout plan, and be there to motivate and guide you throughout your entire 12-week journey. With Healthwise, you're not just adopting a new fitness routine – you're embracing a healthier lifestyle and we're excited to be a part of that change with you.

Who is it for?

Healthwise is for local residents of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and surrounding boroughs. It is designed to assist people with medical conditions or other specialist requirements that may be a barrier to accessing mainstream activity in leisure centres. 

Common reasons for referral: 
  • High blood pressure 
  • Diabetes 
  • Asthma 
  • Circulatory/respiratory diseases 
  • Depression and anxiety 
  • Arthritis

What activities are available?

Each participant will have an initial assessment, a mid term assessment (4 weeks) and a final assessment (12 weeks). Outside of this the participant will also be able to access: 
  • Gym-based supervised sessions 
  • Group exercise options
  • Water-based exercise 

How can the Better health team support?

  • Work together with the participant to set realistic goals 
  • Assess and monitor progress throughout the 12 week programme
  • Motivate and encourage throughout 
  • Advise on how to exercise safely and with confidence, including working with the participant to create an individualised exercise programme 
  • Answer any questions 

What membership options are available?

All successful referrals will be required to take out a subsidised membership. This will provide access to gym, swim and classes at Copper Box Arena. This subsidised membership will cost £25 per month, or £4.50 pay as you go. 

How to register

If you are interested in Healthwise, please speak to your GP, practice nurse or social prescribing link worker, who can complete a referral form and send it on to the Healthwise team. If your GP is not registered with Healthwise then please contact the Healthwise coordinator at your local Better leisure centre. A member of the Healthwise team will then contact you to screen your referral further and let you know how we can help.

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