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Moving more and eating well

The benefits of being active and eating well

An active life and a healthy diet can reduce your risk of major illnesses. By doing regular exercise you can lower the risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, stroke, digestive/bowel problems and mental health issues.

It can also boost your confidence and self-esteem, sleep quality and mood and can make people feel less isolated and lonely.

The NHS Choices website gives advice on

The Change4Life website also gives advice on eating well and keeping active.

There are also a range of apps that can help you stay on track with your health and fitness goals.

Services in Lancashire

There are some services in Lancashire that are designed to help patients who have medical conditions or symptoms that could be improved with physical activity.   

To find out what is available to you in your area, you can ask a health professional, such as your GP and they may be able to refer you to a suitable programme. You can also refer yourself, or go through an initial assessment, by contacting the service provider in your area. 

Here's a list of some of the services currently offering programmes:

Burnley Pendle Hyndburn Rossendale Ribble Valley
Up And Active  East Lancashire
info@upandactive.co.uk 

West Lancashire
Active West Lancashire
activewestlancs@westlancs.gov.uk

Fylde and Wyre
YMCA
yourmoveprogramme@fyldecoastymca.org

Lancaster
Lancaster City Council
activelives@lancaster.gov.uk

Greater Preston,  South Ribble and Chorley
ABL Health Ltd
admin@ablhealth.co.uk

The facts

If you would like to know more about the impact of health in Lancashire, visit our health and wellbeing intelligence section. We provide this information as part of the Lancashire Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) that provides constantly updated research about health and wellbeing.