Healthy Lifestyles Gloucestershire

Healthy Lifestyles Gloucestershire is an integrated service which provides people with lifestyle support through one single point of access for:

  • Smoking cessation
  • Weight management
  • Alcohol reduction
  • Physical activity support

Healthy Lifestyle Coaches don’t write diet plans or exercise programmes, instead it works with patients to collaboratively identify small changes that can be made in lifestyle and provides motivational support to achieve their lifestyle goals.

More information is available from the Healthy Lifestyles Service website.


The Healthy Lifestyles Service can support people who would like to increase their physical activity, but do not require specialised support (or where physical activity is considered a contraindication)Individuals who require more specialised services (such as Cardiac Rehabilitation/Falls Prevention) should be referred to the Exercise on Referral pathway (see Exercise on Referral section below).

Please be aware that the Gloucestershire Healthy Lifestyle Service is a countywide service that offers tier 2 support for people who are ready to make a positive lifestyle behaviour change. It does not replace other locality based lifestyle services within the county which may offer tier 3 support (e.g. Exercise on Prescription schemes or cardiac and respiratory rehabilitation classes)

Links to relevant locality district services can be found below:

Cheltenham locality

Cotswold locality

Forest of Dean locality


Stroud locality

How to make a referral

Referral into the Healthy Lifestyles Service can be made electronically or via telephone on the contact details below. 

Please note: Healthy Lifestyles Gloucestershire Service will attempt to contact a patient within two working days of receiving the referral.

Exercise on Referral

Exercise on referral (EOR) supports people with medical conditions (who are not normally active) to access a supported exercise programme (normally for 12 weeks) with the help of a specialist adviser.  The majority of these take place in local leisure centres and community venues.

Locality Referral Form Information Leaflets
Cheltenham* Physical Activity Referral Scheme  
Cotswolds Physical Activity Referral Scheme  
Forest of Dean** Recommended Health & Exercise Forest of Dean - Information Leaflet
Stroud & Berkeley Vale Recommended Physical Activity

Stroud & Berkeley Vale - Information Leaflet

*Please refer to the guidance below prior to referring to the Cheltenham Physical Activity Scheme.

Clients MUST be aged 16+ AND be clinically stable to enter the programme.

Must present with one or more of the following:

  • Overweight/Obese (BMI >25)
  • Type II Diabetes
  • Type I Diabetes (stable and with adequate knowledge of modification of insulin dosage for exercise)
  • Mild to moderate Stress/Anxiety/Depression
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Mild to moderate Osteoarthritis
  • Mild bone density changes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Back Pain
  • Mild skeletal and muscular injuries
  • Joint replacement (Pre or Post)
  • Asthma
  • COPD

 **If using the Forest of Dean Online Referral Form please send to the secure email inbox:

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