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Healthy eating and exercise can reduce your risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, liver disease, type 2 diabetes and even cancer.  It can also boost self-esteem,  mood, sleep and energy, as well as reducing your risk of stress, depression and dementia.  Below are suggestions of both national and local services to help with a healthier lifestyle.  These details may change and up to date information, as well as other suggestions can be found at

Exercise Groups

Adults aged 19-64 should try to be active daily and should do 30 minutes of moderate exercise 5 times a week, as well as muscles strengthening exercises on two or more days a week.

  • Regular Free Health Walks are suitable for people who have not walked much recently, and are looking to be more active, or are returning from illness or injury.  Walks range from 30 minutes on good paths, to 90 minutes on more challenging terrain to build up activity levels.

             ○  Contact Dean on 07919690630


  • Plymouth Healthy Futures run a number of exercise classes for only £1.


             The Exercise Referral Scheme is for people with long term health conditions to 

              Increase physical activity levels and improve health.  Run at the Life Centre and Brickfields

              Sports Centre for people with a range of health conditions including high blood pressure or

              cholesterol, stress or mood problems, joint or back pains, asthma, COPD or diabetes.  You

              are provided with your own fitness plan which may include gym sessions or group exercise


                ○  Book an appointment with your GP to be referred

  • For diabetic patients, Circuits Class is suitable for everyone aged 16 years and over who has been diagnosed with diabetes. There will be a diabetic specialist at all sessions to help you exercise safely and to answer any questions you may have.  First session is free, then just £2.00 per session.

              ○  For more information and to book a place please contact the Sports Development Unit on

                  01752 307008


  • For cardiac and stroke patients, Plymouth Heart Beat is a reduced price gym aiming to help rehabilitation but also open to the general public to keep fit, gain a healthy lifestyle and prevent heart problems.

               ○  Call 01752 568083 or go to

  • For adults with mental health problems and/or learning disabilities, Active For All is a service which supports and promotes physical activity in adults. They run a number of regular classes, as well as taster sessions in new sports.

              ○  Call 01752 201891


  • For pregnant women, 

Pregnacise is a free exercise class, as well as postnatal classes from 6 weeks to 12 months after birth.

              ○  Contact Danielle on 07455 198380 or go to

Prenatal Pilates courses run for six weeks and cost just £2 per session for new participants.

               ○  To book a place phone Amanda on 07733 226733 or go to


  • For anyone over 50,

Age UK Plymouth run exercise classes including yoga, Tai Chi, indoor bowls and dancing. From £1.60 to £6 per  sessions

               ○  Call 01752 256020


Senior Pilates courses run for six weeks and cost just £2 per sessions for new participants.

               ○  To book a place phone Amanda on 07733 226733 or go to




As a general rule, vegetables, fruit and starchy foods should provide the bulk of most of your meals.  The remaining part of your diet should be made up from dairy foods and protein foods, like meat or fish.  Foods and drinks that are high in fat or sugar should be avoided or reduced.

  • The NHS weight loss plan is delivered through 12 weekly online information packs full of diet, healthy eating and physical activity advice, including weekly challenges.


  • Food for Thought is a self-help leaflet produced by Northumberland NHS with practical advice for a healthier lifestyle.


  • Change 4 Life is a website with ideas, recipes and activities to help families stay healthy.  Sign up for free money-off vouchers for healthy snacks and stickers for children.


  • Eat Well is a 10 week course in Plymouth to help you eat well and lose weight. Aimed at adults with a BMI between 26 – 39.

               ○  Call 01752 437177 to book


  • Overseaters anonymous is a group for anyone seeking help with compulsive eating. It follows a 12 step recovery process, and has no membership requirements.

               ○  Call 07000 784985 or go to



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Head Space out-of-hours mental health drop-in support and telephone service

Head Space' offers an out-of-hours drop-in support and telephone service for people who consider they are approaching mental health crisis. Head Space is a non-clinical, safe and structured environment, where individuals can access peer support on a 1:1 or group basis and take part in activities to help them.

It aims to reduce reliance and impact on statutory services and is appropriate for anyone who feels they are approaching mental health crisis and is open to visiting the service and talking to people. Only acute mental distress, inappropriate behaviour or non-mental health related issues would suggest that the service isn't appropriate for someone.

Please ask reception for more information.

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