Better Living Service

Get active and get fit

We can help you to get started and be more active!

As well as helping to control blood pressure, manage pain, prevent heart disease, stroke and diabetes, being active can help improve social, emotional and mental well-being, reduce anxiety and enhance mood by releasing ‘happy’ hormones. Taking part in regular activity can also help you meet people and make new friends. So what’s stopping you? Lets Get Started!

Our free ‘Lets Get Started’ 12 week exercise course will:

  • Offer support and encouragement to be more active
  • Gradually and safely increase your fitness level with a fully qualified and experienced instructor
  • Provide information about why it’s important to be active and how much to do
  • Give you the opportunity to exercise with other people like you who want to start to do more to improve their health

All our schemes are free of charge for the first twelve weeks, after which members can continue to benefit from a discount for certain Council Leisure Activities for a further 9 months.

Who can attend?

Our free ‘Lets Get Started’ 12 week exercise courses are available for adults aged 18 and over who do not currently do any exercise, and have one or more of the following medical conditions:

  • Had a heart attack within the last 2 years or at high risk of Coronary Heart Disease
  • Had a stroke or mini stroke within the last 2 years
  • Controlled diabetes

  • Angina

  • Mild depression or anxiety
  • Muscular or joint problems such as Osteoporosis/arthritis/back pain etc 
  • At high risk of type 2 diabetes

 

Get started today!

To take your free place on our Lets Get Started course, you need to get a referral from your doctor, practice nurse, physiotherapist or specialist. They will then send your details to us, when they have been received we will contact you.

For more information, please contact the Better Living Team on 01422 230230 or email blt@calderdale.gov.uk

Stroke service

Our Stroke service is available for adults aged 18 or over who have had a stroke or mini stroke (TIA) within the last 2 years.

You will need to be referred by your doctor, physiotherapist or specialist. Sessions are delivered within a group setting or on a one to one basis with the aim of improving balance and mobility as part of the rehabilitation process following a stroke.

Activities on offer include walking, swimming and attending the gym/classes.

For more information, please contact the Better Living Team on 01422 230230 or email blt@calderdale.gov.uk

 

Extra ways to help you lead a better lifestyle

If you do not feel ready for our course, or do not meet our criteria, but you want to make a positive change in:

  • the way you eat;
  • becoming more active;
  • stopping smoking; or
  • reducing alcohol intake;

we recommend the following websites and apps: