The Bolsover Wellness Programme specifically aims to address the life expectancy target set by government by increasing levels of physical activity which in turn will reduce obesity, reduces the risk of stroke, CHD, Diabetes and a range of other illnesses.
By targeting the most 'at risk' groups this will have a positive impact on life expectancy levels across Bolsover District, which is worryingly lower than the national average. In addition physical activity also contributes to improvements in mental health, long term limiting illnesses, and the mobility and independence of people in older age.
G.P. Referral Exercise Programme
Clients are referred onto the scheme by their GP or practice nurse for a variety of conditions from weight reduction to cardiac conditions. An appropriate physical activity programme is devised for each client and leisure facility programme time has been made available with 30 specialist sessions per week on offer. Sessions include gym sessions, chair based exercise, circuits, aqua fit, specialist swimming sessions, cardiac rehabilitation and BLF active, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) rehabilitation classes. The programme has also added nutritional advice through one to one support by a qualified nutritionist.
Clients referred onto the scheme get 12-weeks free followed by another 12-weeks at a discounted rate. This results in a high retention rate and leads to continued exercise.
Cardiac Rehabilitation Phase IV
Patients who have completed phase III after a heart attack or other cardiac surgery at our local hospitals are then referred to our Phase IV classes.
The Phase IV Cardiac Rehabilitation classes run for 12-weeks free of charge. On completion of the 12-weeks course the clients then gain access to the G.P. Referral programme.
Chair Based Exercise
Chair Based Exercise sessions involve mobility, stretching, cardiovascular and strength work in a group environment. These activities are specially designed to help clients cope with daily activities and are key to falls prevention.
Chair Based Exercise is a perfect progression to more intense activities such as the gym and other sessions within the Bolsover Wellness Programme.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
COPD is a term used for a number of conditions; including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. COPD leads to damaged airways in the lungs, causing them to become narrower and making it harder for air to get in and out of the lungs. The word 'chronic' means that the problem is long-term.
In order to attend the classes you will need a referral from either pulmonary rehabilitation or from your healthcare professional. A course usually lasts between six and 12 weeks. After your course has ended, you may be referred to the Bolsover Wellness Programme to carry on with your exercises.