GP's in Kingston are to encourage patients to take up cycling as a way of tackling health problems, and help them lead healthier lifestyles.
The Go Cycle sustainable travel team has joined forces with public health colleagues to further expand the current Get Active Exercise Referral Programme, which involves GPs referring patients to take up cycling to improve health through an increase in physical activity.
This is the first time cycling has been provided as an option for referral as part of the programme.
Referrals are accepted from GPs and a range of specialist health professionals, including physiotherapists, mental health professionals, dieticians and allied health professionals. The programme offers a number of opportunities to patients who have been referred for a variety of health conditions including mental health, diabetes, weight management, high blood pressure, and/or inactive lifestyles to increase their physical activity levels as a way of managing and improving their health.
You can read more about the programme here.