Supporting a healthy lifestyle

Many long-term diseases are closely linked to known behavioural risk factors. Making changes such as stopping smoking, improving your diet, increasing physical activity, losing weight, and reducing alcohol intake can help people to reduce their risk of poor health.

Below are some links to organisations and support groups which can help people to make changes.

Inside of entrance of the WaltonCentre

Access to exercise and wellbeing

The programme provides improved access to exercise, physiotherapy and counselling support provided by experience and trained professionals for people living with a neurological condition in Cheshire and Merseyside. This has been made possible through the partnership project led by the Neuro Therapy Centre, with Greenbank Sports Academy, Brio Leisure and The Walton Centre, funded by the Community Lottery Fund. People can either self-refer into the programme or be referred by a healthcare professional.

For more information, please see this patient leaflet.

For more information regarding the therapies available and activity timetables click here 

Further information about the activities offered are available click here

Read two patient case studies about how access to exercise and wellbeing has helped them: click here click here

A video has been made by the Neuro Therapy Centre about access to exercise and wellbeing.

If you are a healthcare professional and would like more information on this service, please click here.

For more information about this programme, please review our FAQs

Making Every Contact Count

Many long-term diseases in our population are closely linked to known behavioural risk factors. Around 40% of the UK’s disability adjusted life years lost are attributable to tobacco, hypertension, alcohol, being overweight or being physically inactive.

Making changes such as stopping smoking, improving diet, increasing physical activity, losing weight and reducing alcohol consumption can help people to reduce their risk of poor health significantly. 'Making Every Contact Count' (MECC) is an approach to behaviour change that utilises the millions of day to day interactions that organisations and people have with other people to encourage changes in behaviour that have a positive effect on the health and wellbeing of individuals, communities, and populations.

The Cheshire and Merseyside MECC Moments website has a complete directory of local services which you can use to signpost patients and colleagues to useful resources that could help them.

NHS – Help to quit smoking  

Smoke free Liverpool 

Call: 0800 061 4212 or 0151 374 2535

Page last updated: 26 March 2024