Facts: 70% of men and 80% of women are sedentary. Over 1/3rd of CHD deaths are estimated to be contributable to physical inactivity. Mortality rates for inactive men are double those of active men.

The MEND programme for overweight children and their parents to make long lasting changes to their child’s eating habits and level of physical activity. Click here for details
For a list of criteria of unsuitable patients for referral to exercise programmes, go to the end of this web page.


Venue & Address
About the service/How to refer/Referral criteria
None currently available

Adult Services

Venue & Address
About the service/How to refer/Referral criteria
Swimming Group (REACH)
Shipley Pool
Alexandra Road
BB18 3ER
Tel: 01274 366208
How to Refer:
  • Patient can phone
  • First session free, pay thereafter
Referral Criteria:
  • Those who don't have the confidence to go swimming alone

BEEP Referral Scheme
Address: Intermediate Care Community Hospital,
St Luke's Hospital,
Tel: 01274 365603
How to Refer:
  • Referral form
  • The patient initially meets a specialist to help
develop a tailored programme
  • Range of activities: gym, swimming, walks,
allotments, aerobics, circuit training, yoga,
dance for life, tai chi, women only sessions
(incl. Asian women's group)
Referral Criteria:
Bradford Encouraging Exercising People (BEEP) is an NHS exercise referral scheme which provides exercise recommendations, advice, and support, to help individuals with a variety of specific medical conditions to increase their levels of physical activity in a safe and effective way.
The BEEP Practitioners provide BEEP clinic appointments in GP surgeries and community facilities throughout the Bradford and Airedale district. The clinic appointment lasts for 30 minutes and consists of an in-depth health screen, an assessment of current physical activity levels, and a discussion of individual exercise options for the patient (based on ability, medical conditions, exercise provision, likes/dislikes etc).
  • >16y age
  • Motivated/compliant
  • Physically inactive
  • Not confident
  • Has ≥ 2 risk factors for CHD from the desirable list:
  • Desirable:
  • High BP (120/80-180/100)
  • High chol (LDL>5mmol/l)
  • Obese (BMI ≥30)
  • Smoker
  • Stressed/Anxious/Depressed
  • FH of CHD/Stroke
  • Diabetic (or glucose intol.)
  • Has existing CHD (except those with a C/I to exercise)

Dance For Life
Cathy Middleton
Project Director
Dance for Life
Dept of Arts, Heritage and Leisure
Jacobs Well
Tel: 01274 752 626
How to refer:
  • Self referral
Referral criteria:
  • Young people and adults from areas of deprivation
  • Especially Asian women
  • Activities: Dance activities in schools, youth and community centres, other community venues, playschemes, performance projects, summer and other holiday schools.
  • Aim: to engage young people and to encourage them to take up and active lifestyle

Healthwise (health promotion programme for the general public)
Bradford District Health Development Service
Tel: 01274 223 923
How to refer:
  • Self referral
Referral criteria:
  • Targeted at disadvantaged areas
  • They offer:
  • Effective tailored exercise programmes, stress management and relaxation, discussion of health topics

Bangladeshi 5 aside football
Bangladesh Youth Organisation
Cornwall Road
Contact: Luthfur Rahman
Tel: 01274 738 353
How to refer:
  • Self referral
  • Community based gym at Bangladeshi Youth Organisation
Referral criteria:
  • Inactive Bangladeshi men age 25-35

Gardening for Health (Bangladeshi women)
Shahnaz Begum
Carlisle Business Centre
Tel: 01274 223203
How to refer:
  • Self referral
Referral criteria:
  • Bangladeshi women in Bradford
  • Socially isolated
  • Generally inactive


About the service/How to refer/Referral criteria
None currently available

Clinical Notes

Patients not suitable for a referral for exercise programme include those who have:
  • Unstable Angina
  • Resting systolic BP>180mmHg or resting diastolic BP>100mmHg
  • Ventricular or Aortic Aneurysm
  • Uncontrolled tachycardia>100bpm at rest
  • Unstable or acute heart failure
  • Poorly controlled arrythmia
  • A CVD patient who has not had a recent negative ECG stress test or recent satisfactory attendance at a cardiac rehab programme
  • Recent evidence of a sudden deterioration of symptoms from any cardiovascular or respiratory condition
  • If important medication has been left at home eg GTN spray/Ventolin
  • Diabetic considerations: poorly controlled diabetes (poor blood sugar controls), the existence of advanced complications, recent injection of insulin or a considerable time delay since last meal, has not brought sugar/carbohydrate with them
  • Febrile illness (temporary)

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