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A dose of exercise is being prescribed in Cumbria

Some NHS services in Cumbria are prescribing exercise in a bid to improve the county's health and save money.

The benefits of keeping active are well known but now GPs and nurses in the Eden Valley will be referring some patients to the the gym, rather than the chemist.

It's hoped the healthier lifestyle will stop them needing further, costly treatment in the future. Katie Hunter reports:


Doctors orders: Gym on prescription

Harry Hillary started going to the gym 10 years ago Credit: ITV Border

A scheme to encourage more patients to exercise is being introduced in Eden.

The Exercise on Referral project means people with a range of medical conditions are given a 15-week exercise programme.

Harry Hillary has been going to the gym for ten years. He said: "I had a heart attack and though I've had one, I'm not having another."

GP's to 'prescribe' exercise in Eden.

A scheme to help GP's 'prescribe' exercise will be launched in the Cumbrian district of Eden.

The project, already running in Carlisle and Allerdale, hopes to improve the health of people across the county.

Exercise on Referral provides a 15 week programme for patients with conditions such as diabetes, respiratory diseases and obesity.