What is BEEP?
BEEP (Bradford Encouraging Exercise in People) is an exercise referral programme provided by Bradford Council’s Active Health Team that includes a 52 week follow up support service. They offer heavily discounted exercise options with bespoke exercise plans from your BEEP exercise referral officer.
Physical activity programmes on offer include:
- gym based sessions
- group exercise classes
- home based programmes
- weight management services
- many more exercise options.
Who is the programme for?
The BEEP referral programme is a physical activity intervention aimed at people aged 16 and above who meet the referral criteria.
BEEP aims to encourage and support individuals to become more active, more often.
To access the programme you must meet the following criteria:
- be less active
- have a long term medical or mental health condition and would benefit from exercise
- and/or BMI of 25 or above
- risk factors for developing cardiovascular disease
How do I get a referral?
You can ask at your local GP practice for a BEEP referral. If you meet the referral criteria, a health professional can complete the referral form and give it to you.
Where are the assessment appointments held?
The programme assessments are held daily in GP surgeries and leisure centres across the Bradford district.
What happens at an assessment appointment?
During your first assessment the team will do a health screening to help make your exercise meet your needs. They will then take specific measures to enable them to monitor your progress over the year such as current physical activity levels, BMI, body fat %, visceral fat %, blood pressure, resting heart rate and well-being score. You will then be referred onto an exercise provider of your choice.
There will be motivational support throughout your time with BEEP, and also text messages, email, health apps and links to online support to ensure you continue your healthy lifestyle.
What are some of the benefits?
- reduced risk of heart disease and stroke
- better control or reduced chance of developing high blood pressure
- helps control or reduce diabetes
- improves mobility and can help reduce pain
- decreases anxiety, stress and depression
- improves self-esteem, confidence and independence
- allows you to meet new friends
How do I book an appointment?
Once you have the referral form from your GP or want further information please contact Bradford Council’s Active Health Team on 01274 435388.
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Physical activity infographics guidance
These infographics on physical activity show the activities needed to provide general health benefits for different age ranges:
- physical activity for pregnant women (PDF, 238KB)
- physical activity for disabled adults (PDF, 32.4KB)
- physical activity for adults and older people (PDF, 496KB)
- physical activity for babies and children (birth to 5 years) (PDF, 70.3KB)
- physical activity for children and young people (5 to 18 years) (PDF, 92.6KB).
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