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Healthy city creating an active and healthy Swansea

Participating regularly in physical activity and eating healthily has many benefits to health including mental health and wellbeing.

People who are physically active have up to a 50% reduced risk of developing the major chronic diseases such as coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some cancers and a 20-30% reduced risk of premature death.

To be successful in halting the rising levels of obesity and associated health inequalities in Swansea we need to create an environment where physical activity and healthy eating become the norm.

Three work streams are currently working towards 'creating an active and healthy Swansea'.

  • Sport and physical activity

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  • Access to facilities and opportunities

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  • Community approaches to health and wellbeing

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Sport and Physical Activity


The National Exercise Referral Scheme (NERS) IS A Public Heath Wales funded scheme which has been developed to standardise exercise referral opportunities across all Local Authorities and Local Health Boards in Wales. The Scheme targets clients who have a chronic disease or are at risk of developing chronic disease. The scheme operates in Swansea and runs for 16 consecutive weeks and consists of 2 fully supervised group based sessions each week. Each session lasts for approximately one hour and costs £2.00. The sessions are usually run in Leisure or community centres but there are some outdoor opportunities available. A referral from a health professional is required to access the scheme.

The Principal Aims of NERS

  • To offer a high quality National Exercise Referral Scheme across Wales
  • To increase the long term adherence in physical activity of clients
  • To improve the physical and mental health of clients
  • To determine the effectiveness of the intervention in increasing activity levels and improving health

Quality Standards

All protocols used on the Scheme represent the best current known practice and meet with current national guidance. All exercise professionals operating the Scheme are trained to NVQ Level 3, have a qualification that meets occupational standard D449 working with referred patients and are appropriately insured. All protocols went through ethical approval and the British Medical Association in Wales was consulted at part of the Scheme.

For further information please contact Martin Naughton: Physical Activity Development Officer on or 01792 635219.

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