Regular activity has a huge number of benefits. Excercise can reduce your risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer by up to 50% and lower your risk of early death by up to 30%. It’s free, easy to take, and has an immediate effect!
We encourage staff to leave their cars at home, to use public transport, to cycle and to keep active by walking more.
The half-hourly Shuttle bus, which was established several years ago in a partnership with Stagecoach, connects the two hospital sites and the Cheltenham Race Course Park and Ride facility.
Used by many staff, it is also available to the public and makes a contribution to reducing the county's carbon emissions.
Staff can also benefit from carsharing and cycle to work schemes, with secure parking for cycles and motor cycles and shower facilities available on arrival.
Both Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and Cheltenham General Hospital are only a few minutes walk away from the city or town centre. Walking Maps have been developed to show the time and distance between different parts of the hospital sites and centre of Gloucester and Cheltenham. To view the maps, click on Gloucestershire Royal Walking Map or Cheltenham General Walking Map.
For information about local walks across the county, look at the Walk4Life poster or go to http://www.walkinginglos.co.uk/walks.php
For information on local activities available to help you keep you active, visit the Active Gloucestershire website.
For further information on keeping active visit the NHS Choices Live Well website.
The national Change4Life website also offers a vast range of ideas, games and resources for getting and staying healthier - for families and for adults. For more information, go to the Change4Life website.
Activity Factsheets for people of different ages
The Department of Health has developed five Physical Activity Factsheets, with brief guidance on activity levels for people of different ages. Click on the titles below to view the guidance.
Factsheet 1 - Early Years (infants not yet walking)
Factsheet 2 - Early Years (children who are walking)
Factsheet 3 - Children and Young People (to 18 years)
Factsheet 4 - Adults (19-64 years)
Factsheet 5 - Adults (65+ years)
Exercise referral is currently available in five Districts in Gloucestershire. The schemes offer support to people who would benefit from increasing their activity levels. To take part in an exercise referral scheme you will need a referral form from a GP or health professional
Exercise referral provides clients with a tailored exercise programme to suit the clients needs. Schemes are offered at a subsidised rate to help people ease in to fitness. The exercise referral schemes differ slightly in each District, however they are all delivered by fully qualified instructors who specialise in physical activity and medical conditions. .
Some of the conditions that people are commonly referred for are:
• High Blood Pressure
• Diabetes (Type 2)
• Mild Depression/Stress
• Osteoporosis Prevention
For information on the Exercise Referral scheme in your area please contact your GP.