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Redditch residents won’t need a referral from a health professional to get on a New Year health improvement course in Winyates.

The ‘Live Well, Be Well Winyates’ course promises to help attendees improve a number of health conditions through structured activities, lifestyle and dietary advice.

Attendees will have an activity programme prescribed for them by qualified instructors, and then get free access to the full range of Redditch Borough Council community exercise sessions for the duration of their 6-week course, on top of weekly 90-minute core sessions in Winyates.

Access to courses of this type are usually only available on referral from GPs or other health professionals, but in this instance residents can also self-refer.

To be eligible for the scheme you must be over 16, inactive, and with a condition that would benefit from the programme which could include being overweight, stressed or depressed, having type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, a family history of heart disease, impaired strength or mobility, high blood pressure, stroke, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, or COPD.

Hayley Gwilliam, Health Intervention Officer from the Sports Development team at Redditch Borough Council, said: “These courses provide professional support and advice on improving your health, including healthy eating and increasing daily activity. On top of that attendees can access all of our community sessions for free for the duration of the course. Contact us today if you think this course could be for you, particularly if you are in the Winyates area.”

It’ll cost £2 per week.

To make an enquiry please contact Hayley in the borough council’s Sports Development team.