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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:

Up And Active East Lancashire
Burnley: 01282 477134
Pendle: 01282 661226
Hyndburn: 01254 385945
Rossendale: 01706 221524
Ribble Valley: 01200 414484
info@upandactive.co.uk 

West Lancashire
Active West Lancashire: 01695 585145
activewestlancs@westlancs.gov.uk

Fylde and Wyre
YMCA: 01253 882105
yourmoveprogramme@fyldecoastymca.org

Lancaster
Lancaster City Council: 01524 582052
activelives@lancaster.gov.uk

Greater Preston,  South Ribble and Chorley
ABL Health Ltd: 01772 286382
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.