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Integrated health and wellbeing

Sheffield’s new National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine is designed to bring together clinical services, and sport and exercise specialists to improve physical activity.

A GROUP of Sheffield patients who have turned their lives around through exercise have been celebrated at a special event. The 14 Exercise Referral patients who

use Concord Sports Centre’s fitness facilities to improve their health were invited for a VIP tour of the venue’s new National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine (NCSEM). Their photos and inspirational stories

appear throughout the UK-first NCSEM, which opened at Concord in September. It has been designed to bring together clinical services, sport and exercise specialists and health professionals to make it easier for physical activity to become part of the treatment for a range of chronic health conditions. The NCSEM at Concord has seven

clinical consulting rooms, education and training facilities, and a connection to the venue’s Fitness Unlimited gym to link health with physical activity.

After having a heart attack at the age of

52, Tony Marsh, from Wincobank never thought he would live to see the birth of his grandchildren. But after joining the Exercise Referral scheme at Concord, Marsh is fighting fit.

the last decade has expanded across five SIV venues in Sheffield and now operates in two city GP surgeries. “It was great to have the chance to

celebrate the achievements of our inspirational patients at the new NCSEM,

unless we all learn to ‘move more’ the future NHS will buckle under the weight of a largely inactive and overweight population

“Physical activity has given me a new

lease of life. Following a tailor made exercise programme at Concord resulted in huge changes in my fitness and wellbeing. The difference it has made to my life is incredible. I hope my story can inspire other patients at the NCSEM that physical activity can be effective treatment for a range of health conditions,” he said. Concord is run by SIV, which is part of

the Sheffield City Trust (SCT) Group whose primary charitable objective is to improve the health and wellbeing of Sheffield people by providing facilities for sport and leisure activities. Its Exercise Referral scheme uses physical activity to help people manage conditions including coronary heart disease, muscular skeletal diseases and respiratory illnesses. The scheme was launched by the trust at Concord Sports Centre in 2005 and over

which, together with the Exercise referral Scheme, is creating a culture of physical activity in Sheffield,” says Rob Womack, healthy partnerships manager at SIV. “Having NHS clinics in successful

community leisure venues like Concord reduces barriers to participation and makes it easier for patients to have access to high quality exercise facilities as part of the prescription process.” Sheffield GP, Dr Ollie Hart said: “Unless

we all learn to ‘move more’ the future NHS will buckle under the weight of a largely inactive and overweight population. Schemes like this exercise referral one are so important for helping people to understand how physical activity is so much more beneficial than any magic pill that the doctor can give you.” 55

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