Being active is great for your physical health, general fitness, mental health, and can contribute to your overall wellbeing.
Everyone Active (GP Referral Scheme)
Everyone Active operates six sports and leisure centres in partnership with Bristol City Council. It also operates a GP referral scheme covering a wide range of health conditions including high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, arthritis, overweight or obesity, depression or anxiety and osteoporosis. To get started please speak to your local centre or GP about being referred onto our scheme. For more information and to see a list of the centres in Bristol operated by Everyone Active, please click here.
Bristol Active Life Project
The Bristol Active Life Project (BALP) offers a variety of activity sessions across Bristol. The sessions are designed for people who have experienced or are living with a long-term mental illness. For more information call 0117 352 117, email email@example.com or click here to visit the BALP website.
Bristol Walking for Health
Walk for Health Bristol is an initiative which supports Bristol’s diverse communities to become more active through walking. For more information call 07810 506 736 or 07827 306 223, email firstname.lastname@example.org or click here to visit the Walking for Health website.
Lifecycle's Bike Minded Project
The Bike Minded project brings the benefits of cycling to people who are experiencing or have experienced issues with their mental or emotional health. By enabling people to get out into the countryside and experience the joys and freedoms that cycling offers, the project offers the opportunity to take part in a sociable, healthy activity and improve mental wellbeing. For more information call 0117 353 4583, email email@example.com or click here to visit the Bike Minded website.
Fans 4 Life
Fans4Life is health project run by Bristol Rovers Community Trust which aims to help male sports fans who do very little exercise and are overweight to lead a more active and healthy lifestyle. Research has shown that taking part in this programme could add 6 seasons to a fan’s life.
The Fans4Life project aims to improve the health and wellbeing of sports fan in Bristol and South Gloucestershire using a free 10 week exercise and education programme led by qualified NHS staff.
To sign up for the programme or to find out more visit www.fans4life.com.
Men's Health Clinic - Testerone Testing
Testosterone is important for bone density, muscle development and cognitive function. It also affects libido and sexual function and is important for prostate development and growth, liver function, metabolism of fats, formation of blood cells and blood vessels and immunity. A patient suffering from low testosterone has a higher mortality risk than someone with normal levels. Spire Bristol Hospital offers a Men's Health Clinic where patients can have a testosterone blood test. The price for this service is £230 (further tests may be required at an additional cost). To book an appointment please contact 0117 980 4070 or complete the online form which can be found here.
NHS Healthy Living Advice
The NHS website has pages dedicated to men and boys' health issues, split into four age groups:
MAN v FAT
MAN v FAT is a website which supports and champions men who want to lose weight. If you have your own battle against fat then sign in, introduce yourself on the forum and subscribe to the site. Call 0800 020 9535, email firstname.lastname@example.org or click here to visit Man vs Fat.
Weight Watchers has a successful history helping people lose weight. They believe that healthy, long-term weight loss is within everyone's reach. A men-only group is held at the Hanham United Reformed Church, Tabernacle Road, Bristol on Thursdays at 5.45pm - call Jan on 07828251654 for more information. Click here to search for other meetings near you.
Slimming World has two types of membership to support you in achieving your dream weight loss: weekly group support and a revolutionary web-based programme. For more information about these memberships, and to find your local group, click here to visit the Slimming World website.
Change for Life
Would you or your family like to be healthier and happier? Would you like loads of ideas, recipes and games to help you do this? Then you already know why you should join Change4Life. Joining is a brilliant first step to get the most out of Change4Life. Our quick assessment will help you discover the right places for you to start making a change. For more information click here to visit the Change for Life website.
Walking for Health
Walking for Health is England’s largest network of health walk schemes, helping people across the country lead a more active lifestyle. We’ve done this with great success for over 12 years, improving the mental and physical well-being of thousands of people. Click here to visit the Walking for Health website and find a walk near you.
Prostate Cancer UK
Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among men in the UK. Prostate Cancer UK is the UK’s largest men’s health charity. They aim to help more men survive prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life. Their website provides information about the disease and ways of getting support, including local groups. They also have a team of specialist nurses who can provide information and support by telephone - call 0800 074 8383 (Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Weds 10am-8pm).
They have created awareness leaflets in Punjabi, Gujarati, Urdu, Bengali, Tamil and Polish. These have been developed in consultation with community groups, cultural experts and Cancer Equality. The leaflets give information about prostate cancer and other prostate problems, including who is at risk and what changes to look out for. They also explain what to do if you think you have a prostate problem, and what might happen at the GP surgery.
Organisations and support groups for other medical conditions in the Bristol area can be found on the Well Aware database. Click on one of the following links to search the database:
We have provided information about call charges for each organisation listed where this is known. Where no call charge details are shown, please refer to the following general information:
- Calls to all numbers starting 01, 02 and 03 are charged at local rate (up to 9p per minute) from landlines and from 8p to 40p from mobiles
- Calls to 0800 and 0808 numbers are free from landlines but could cost up to 40p from mobiles
- Calls to 0844 numbers cost between 1p and 13p from landlines and from 5p to 41p from mobiles
- Calls to 0845 numbers cost between 1p and 12p from landlines and from 5p to 40p from mobiles.