Fitness programme takes gold for completion rates

Fitness instructor Tracey Mortimer, David Hawkins and Coun Scott Dickinson.
Fitness instructor Tracey Mortimer, David Hawkins and Coun Scott Dickinson.

Alnwick’s Exercise on Referral scheme, which works with local GP surgeries to encourage residents with health concerns to become more active, has the highest completion rate in the county.

The nationwide initiative, where doctors and other health professionals can refer individuals who they feel would benefit from physical activity to help them improve their medical conditions, is run by all leisure centres in the county.

Willowburn Sports and Leisure Centre is top of the podium, with 65 per cent of people referred completing the six-month scheme, made up of two supervised activity sessions a week.

All the sessions are designed to feed into other ongoing classes so people can continue exercising after finishing the programme.

Coun Scott Dickinson, chairman of the county council’s health and wellbeing board, said it is a great example of partnership working between Active Northumberland, which delivers leisure services in partnership with the council and GP surgeries.

David Hawkins, 52, has recently completed his exercise on referral programme in Alnwick and is continuing to use the facilities and keep a more active lifestyle.

He said: “The exercise programme has been enjoyable and beneficial to my health.”

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