The YorWellbeing Exercise Referral Programme uses specialist qualified instructors to help participants safely become more active, through targeted, condition-specific exercises.

Instructors are trained in motivational techniques and behavioural change; they deliver a range of community and gym-based sessions and exercise programmes for the management or prevention of many medical conditions.

The Exercise Referral Programme includes specialist classes for:

  • musculo-skeletal conditions
  • osteo and rheumatoid arthritis
  • cardiac rehabilitation
  • cancer
  • neurological conditions

Condition-specific exercise

Exercise can help enormously with a wide range of medical and mental health conditions including:

  • diabetes
  • heart disease
  • arthritis
  • cancer
  • multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • depression
  • anxiety

Referrals to the Exercise Referral Programme

Ask your GP or other health professional (for example, a physiotherapist) to refer you to the programme if you think you could benefit from activities tailored to your needs.

Health professionals should:

  1. read the protocol for referring patients to the Exercise Referral Programme
  2. complete the Exercise Referral Programme registration form
  3. complete the YorWellbeing exercise referral form to refer patients - there is an alternative referral form for cancer patients


See a timetable and list of available Exercise Referral Programme classes.


Read the latest issue of the Exercise Referral Programme newsletter.

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