Physical Activity as a Miracle Drug

Physical activity plays a significant role in the prevention, management and treatment of long-term health conditions.

GM Active has established programmes across the region that encourage people to get physically active, supporting them to be in control of their own health and wellbeing.

We run health and well-being programmes for adults of all ages, including programmes focusing on improving strength and balance for older adults, and programmes targeted at people with specific long term conditions including dementia, heart disease and diabetes.


Each programme has been developed in-line with national and international medical guidelines and are:
  • Inclusive and welcoming, with a supportive group environment
  • Accessed by people who are inactive, or those at risk of developing a long-term health condition
  • Tailored to individuals, allowing them to achieve long-term health and wellness goals through a personalised exercise programme
  • Able to offer ongoing professional support, allowing participants to achieve and sustain physical activity
  • Provide support beyond the programme, allowing participants to access a range of activities that are enjoyable, accessible and convenient
woman enjoying using gym equipment at Bury Leisure

If physical activity were a drug, we would refer to it as a miracle cure, due to the great many illnesses it can prevent and help treat.

Person 2, UK Chief Medical Officer’s Physical Activity Guidelines

We cover the entire Greater Manchester region, allowing people to have access to facilities and support wherever they are.

Examples of our physical health and well-being programmes include:

Salford Community Leisure’s Exercise on Referral Scheme

The Active Lifestyles Team at Salford Community Leisure are a specialised service providing community based exercise referrals for local GPs and other health agencies.

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Active Tameside’s Live Active Service

The service aims to improve the health and wellbeing of those referred, by working with them to become more active within their day to day life. The programme is designed to work individually with people to help manage health condition(s) through a tailored physical activity programme, with ongoing support.

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We are actively seeking new partners, opportunities for collaboration and innovative ways of working.  We can’t do this alone. If our plans, purpose and intent chime with you, please do connect with us and be part of our transformational movement.