Anglia Ruskin University endorses 'Live Life' Exercise Referral Scheme

Published: 3 June 2008 at 14:44

New referral centre created to increase effectiveness of programme.

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Anglia Ruskin University is launching a joint partnership scheme between Mid Essex Primary Care Trust, Chelmsford Borough Council and active Chelmsford, the Community Sports Network, to help introduce a more ‘active’ lifestyle to patients from Essex.

The Live Life Exercise Referral Scheme has been running at Chelmsford Borough Council Leisure Centres in Chelmsford since 2001. The 12 week programme allows Healthcare Professionals to refer patients for fitness and leisure activities who would gain benefits from a change in their lifestyle.

With the Government setting targets around increasing adult physical activity levels by 1% per annum up to 2012, it was felt that the Live Life Scheme could be expanded into another centre.  The Scheme is open to staff, students and members of the public and complements the Live Life Scheme that currently runs at Riverside Ice and Leisure and Chelmsford Sport and Athletic Centre.

Lyn Mowforth, Health Promotion Advisor, Mid Essex Primary Care Trust said:

"During 2007 over 300 patients were referred to Live Life in Chelmsford. 79% of participants said they felt fitter and healthier, 80% demonstrated lower resting heart and 83% had lower blood pressure levels while 97% have improved cardiovascular fitness."

For more information about Live Life at Anglia Ruskin please contact Clare Markwell on 0845 196 4321 claire.markwell@anglia.ac.uk or ask your GP or practice nurse for a referral.

The Faculty of Health and Social Care at Anglia Ruskin University offers a wide range of courses including Nursing and Midwifery, and Primary and Social Care. With over 8,000 students, and a budget of over £28m, it is now the largest graduate provider of health education in the East of England.

The Faculty of Health and Social Care at Anglia Ruskin University has a purposeful and dynamic vision to improve the health and social care of the individuals and communities of Cambridgeshire and Essex through high quality education, research and consultancy. All courses are run in partnership with the NHS, Local Authority Departments and private sectors across the region.