The Keep Well Scheme

The scheme is designed for people who are at high risk of serious disease due to an inactive lifestyle. During recent times this is something that many of us have experienced over the Covid-19 lockdown, leading to issues such as weight gain, immobility and poor mental health, to name a few. If you are looking to combat these issues, physical activity via a safe exercise programme is one of the best ways to start. Here's more information why the Keep Well Scheme could be for you?

The scheme operates within the Bournemouth Heart Club, and is the safest place to exercise during the Covid-19 pandemic. You do not need to live in Dorset or West Hampshire to join the Keep Well Scheme, it is open to residents from all locations.

How can physical activity help me?

Increasing the amount of physical activity and improving your lifestyle can make enormous improvements to your health and wellbeing. It’s medically proven that people who do regular physical activity have:*

Up to a 35% lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke

Up to a 50% lower risk of type 2 diabetes

Up to a 50% lower risk of colon cancer

Up to a 20% lower risk of breast cancer

Up to a 83% lower risk of osteoarthritis

Up to a 30% lower risk of depression

Up to a 30% lower risk of dementia

Improved recovery and less risk of death from Covid 19

*Reference www.nhs.uk/live-well/

Unfortunately busy modern life does not encourage physical activity. Many of us have sedentary jobs, use transport to get around, and relax in front of the TV or computer. It is never too late to start exercising and get fit. This could be your opportunity to do so in friendly, safe surroundings.

The Keep Well Scheme

  • An initial assessment and testing of your health and fitness, carried out by specialist trained staff.
  • A personal gym exercise plan based upon your current health and fitness.
  • An exercise programme of 2 gym visits weekly for 10 weeks. Times to be agreed with you and can be longer than 10 weeks.
  • An opportunity to exercise alongside likeminded others who have the same goals.
  • Close supervision by a BACPR qualified exercise instructor, who will give you personal advice and assistance.
  • Information sessions on adopting a healthy lifestyle (including diet and fitness), given by medically trained staff.
  • A final assessment and test of your health and fitness, to highlight improvements.
  • The opportunity for your partner (spouse / friend) to attend with you, providing you with support (and to benefit themselves).

What do I do now?

If you are interested in enrolling on the Keep Well Scheme, please download the Keep Well Self Referral Form

Once you have completed the form, please return forward to;

The Keep Well Scheme Bournemouth Heart Club, Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Castle Lane East, Bournemouth BH7 7DW

Tel: 0300 019 4522 / 0300 019 4523

Or via Email to: office@bournemouthheartclub.org.uk

On receipt of your application we will contact you to arrange a convenient time for you to attend a comprehensive health assessment.