Healthy Peterborough






 SU4L 2

Please note: This is now a twelve week course

A structured programme concerning nutrition and exercise, for adults looking for weight management. 

Elizabeth and Richard Gratton's ShapeUp4Life story

Adult weight management programme – BMI 25+ (Clients can self-refer)

Shape Up 4 Life (BMI 35+) Clients can access service via a GP REFERRAL ONLY 


Date/ Group/ Instructor



Monday 13th January-30th March 2020

Instructor: Dani

Hampton Leisure Centre


12.00pm – 2.00pm

Tuesday 7th January 2020 – 24th March 2020

Instructor: Saima and Persida

Mixed Session

Gladstone Park Community Centre

11.30am- 1pm

Tuesday 7th January– Tuesday 24th March 2020

Instructor: Paige

Gladstone Park Community Centre

Bourges Boulevard

Peterborough, PE1 2AN

5.30pm- 7.00pm

Wednesday 8th January- Wednesday 25th March

Instructor: Camilla & Michelle

Boroughbury Medical Centre

Lee Jones Room

4.30pm - 6.00pm

Wednesday 8th January- Wednesday 25th March

(Lithuanian only)

Instructor: Jolanta

Gladstone Park Community Centre

Bourges Boulevard

Peterborough, PE1 2AN


Thursday 9th January- 26th March

Instructor: Shakila

Gladstone Park Community Centre

Bourges Boulevard

Peterborough, PE1 2AN

11.00am- 12.30pm

Wednesday 8th January 

Instructor: Yvonne


Manor Farm Community Centre

70 High Street, Eye, Peterborough, PE6 7UY


Friday 10th January– 27th March

Instructor: Paige

Gladstone Park Community Centre

Bourges Boulevard

Peterborough, PE1 2AN

12.00pm- 1.30pm


Monday 6th January- Monday 23rd March 2020

Instructors: Dani & Afrose

Gladstone Park Community Centre

5.00pm - 6.45pm

To apply: 

Email healthy.peterborough@nhsnet. or call direct on 0800 376 56 55 or 01733 590064. If you have a long-term condition, we may need consent from your GP.

Download our self referral form here or complete the form online here


For further details on other lifestyle services available in Peterborough take a look at our leaflet attached:

peterborough lifestyle services

Or visit our website here 

Tell us how we did by completing our online client satisfaction survey


Let's get moving

An eight week exercise-only programme for adults who want to increase their physical activity - can be mixed gender or ladies-only. Find out more by view our leaflet here!

 LGM 1 LGM 2

 Adult Physical Activity for those who are inactive or living with a long term condition:

 Let’s Get Moving Advanced (Adult Physical Activity for clients who have BMI 35+) GP REFERRAL ONLY


Date/ Group/ Instructor



Monday 13th January (ongoing)

Instructor: Yvonne

Manor Farm Community Centre

70 High Street, Eye, Peterborough, PE6 7UY

9.30am -10.30am

Wednesday 8th January- Wednesday 26th February

Instructor: Paige


Earlham House

Brook Street, PE1 1FQ

1.30pm- 2.30pm

Thursday 9th January- Thursday 27th February

Instructor: Shakila LADIES ONLY

Gladstone Park Community Centre, Bourges Boulevard

Peterborough, PE1 2AN

9.30am- 10.30am

Thursday 9th January-Thursday 27th February

Instructor: Camilla

Gladstone Park Community Centre, Bourges Boulevard

Peterborough, PE1 2AN

6.00pm- 7.00pm

Friday 10th January- Friday 28th February Instructor: Paige

Gladstone Park Community Centre REC ROOM, Bourges Boulevard

Peterborough, PE1 2AN

10.00am- 11.00am

Saturday 11th January- 29th February


Boroughbury Medical Centre

Craig Street, Peterborough, PE1 2EJ

11.30am- 12.30pm


(Adult Physical Activity for clients who have a BMI of 35+) Health Professional referral

Monday 13th January- Monday 2nd March (Seated) 

Instructor: Dani

Millfield Community Centre

New England Complex

Lincoln Road, PE1 2PE

10.30am- 11.30am

Thursday 16th January- Thursday 5th March (Standing)

Instructor: Paige

Gladstone Park Community Centre- Rec Room

1.00pm- 2.00pm

To apply:

Email healthy.peterborough@nhsnet. or call direct on 0800 376 56 55 or 01733 590064 to book on the dates above or to enquire about future dates. If you have a long-term condition, we will need consent from your GP.

Download our self referral form here or complete the form online here

 Visit our website here

Tell us how we did by completing our online client satisfaction survey

Let's get healthy (4-12 year olds)

Our free healthy lifestyles club running in schools and community settings.

The club is ten weeks for children aged 7-12. They are interactive and fun sessions, and parents can attend the last 20 minutes of the sessions. Parents can directly refer.

We also offer a six week course for children aged 4-6 and their parents. The sessions are interactive and lots of fun.

Workshops include learning about sugary drinks and food swapping for healthier snacks, making smoothies, and blindfold fruit & veg taste testing, and also activities and games such as parachute games and shuttle races.

View our leaflet by clicking here!

Children’s Healthy Lifestyle Club:





16th September - 11th November

Instructor: Dani and Henna

Dogsthorpe Primary

3.15pm - 4.15pm


17th September - 12th November

Instructor: Paige & Aneesa

Sacred Heart

3.15pm - 4.15pm

Thursday  November TBC

Instructor: Paige and Lixiana

Longthorpe Primary School TBC

3.15pm - 4.15pm

LET’S GET HEALTHY- Sept/ Oct Community programmes

Date/ Group/ Instructor Location Time


3rd October - 7th November

4-6 years: 6- week programme

Instructors: Shakila and Gosia

Millfield Community Complex
New England Complex
Lincoln Road
4.30pm - 5.45pm

Saturday 28th September - 16th


7-12 years: 8- week programme

Instructors: Dani/ Paige and Jamal

Earlham House
Brook Street
10.00am - 11.00am

Email or call direct on 0800 376 56 55 or 01733 590064. If you have a long-term condition, we may need consent from your GP.

Download our self referral form here or complete the form online here

 Visit our website here



 Tell us how we did by completing our online client satisfaction survey

Active10 app

Get walking briskly every day in bursts of ten minutes or more.

Just ten continuous minutes of brisk walking every day gets the heart pumping and can make you feel better, more energetic and improve your mood.

Over time, it can lower the risk of serious illnesses like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Whether you're walking to work, stepping out at lunchtime, walking to the shops or local park or taking the dog for a walk, there are lots of ways you can fit ten minutes of brisk walking into your life. You don’t have to go to the gym, wear sportswear or start expensive fitness programmes to get the benefits of an active lifestyle, walking counts too!

There is a free Active 10 app which shows how much brisk walking you are doing and where you can fit ten minute bursts of brisk walking into your day. The app also sets you brisk walking goals and provides hints and tips to keep you going. Search ‘Active 10’ online to find out more or to download the app.


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Local Health Checks

The 'Wellness on Wheels' van will be offering FREE NHS Health Checks and advice at the following locations:

*  Every Thursday, 9am-5pm
   Serpentine Green Shopping Centre

*  Every Saturday, 9am-5pm
   Outside the Town Hall, in Bridge Street

 A full NHS health check includes:

  • Blood Sugar level test (HbA1c Diabetes Test)
  • Cholesterol test
  • Blood Pressure
  • Height and weight
  • BMI
  • Lifestyle screening (smoking test for smokers, screening to prevent heart disease, kidney disease, stroke and dementia)



Look after your mental health

Do you know how to look after your mental health and wellbeing and how to support your children to do the same? There are lots of things we can do in our everyday lives to look after our mind and body.
This next month, Healthy Peterborough will be promoting mental health awareness and the local support available.
We all know that getting physically fitter helps our bodies, but what keeps our minds healthy? Like physical health, we all have mental health too. It is very common to experience problems with your mental health and it’s important to look after it, but how?
There are many things that impact on our wellbeing, or mental health, including our relationships, levels of stress, quality of sleep, diet and our physical health.
Our relationships, friendships and connections with other people are all important. They keep us connected, give us a sense of belonging and provide us with networks and support during challenging times in our lives.
Managing Stress
We all experience stress to varying degrees, so we need to find the best way of managing this. It’s important to make sure we take breaks, find activities that we enjoy and get support when we need it to sort out our worries.
The quality of our sleep is also fundamental to how we cope with everyday life. It is important to adopt a good sleep routine to maintain good wellbeing. This means switching off devices like mobile phones and tablets an hour before we go to bed, going to sleep and waking up around the same time and considering our sleeping environment.
Getting Active
We know that being physically active is good for our bodies, but it can also help our minds. Exercise can help to relieve stress and in some cases will help people to ease symptoms of depression and anxiety. Exercising can also help you to get a better night’s sleep, so try building an activity you enjoy into your day to see if you can feel better.
For more information on how to manage stress, improve your sleep and make lifestyle changes visit which has a range of apps, like ‘Couch to 5k’, a walking tracker and ‘easy meals’, to help you make the changes that can help improve your wellbeing.
For information specifically on children’s mental health including how to look after their wellbeing, advice on bullying, sleep and stress busting, as well as local services when extra help is needed, visit
Click here for support contacts 

Helping children be healthy and happy


With 1 in 5 reception children being an unhealthy weight, Healthy Peterborough is highlighting how small changes in diet and moving more will have huge benefits.

  1. Babies and children should be encouraged to eat healthily from the very start. From 0-6 months it is recommended babies are exclusively breastfed to protect against illness and infection. At around 6 months you should start to introduce your baby to solid foods.Visit the www.nhsuk/start4life for further guidance.

  2. As a parent, you may not like seeing your baby or child being given an injection. However, vaccinations will help protect them against a range of serious and potentially fatal diseases. Routine free vaccines are offered at 8 weeks, 12 weeks, 16 weeks, 1 year, 3 years, and 14 years of age.  Children aged 2-7 receive the flu vaccine and 12 year old girls also receive HPV vaccine to protect against cervical cancer.  . If you’re not sure whether your child has had all of their vaccinations ask your GP. Find out about the vaccines at

  3. Children under 5 should do 3 hours of activity each day.  For babies this means wiggling and kicking, and as they get older, crawling, dancing and playing. Make use of Vivacity Peterborough’s free swimming for under 5s. Find out more

  4. Children and young people (aged 5-16 years) should enjoy at least an hour of physical activity each day. Activity helps to strengthen muscles and bones, and improves fitness. It builds confidence and improves concentration and learning at school. Visit for fun ideas on how to get active and to find local activities.

  5. Sitting still for too long can put us more at risk of poor health. This may be time spent sitting at the TV or computer. Break up long periods of sitting with just one or two minutes of movement every half hour. You could do the 10 Minute Shakeup Disney inspired games at

  6. Eat a healthy balanced diet. Aim to eat at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables varieties every day. It can be fresh, frozen, canned, dried or juiced. Make sure children have breakfast each morning and limit high fat, salt and sugar in food and drinks. Find out how to achieve a healthy, nutritious diet at

  7. Children are consuming three times as much sugar as recommended. Give smaller portions or swap high sugar items for similar choices with less sugar.  Get the new Be Food Smart app at to find out how much sugar is in food and drink.

  8. It's easy to overlook, but choosing healthier drinks is a key part of getting a balanced diet. Keep children hydrated with 6-8 glasses of fluid each day. Water, lower fat milk and sugar-free drinks all count. Avoid drinks with high sugar content like fizzy drinks and squashes. If you or your children like fizzy drinks, try diluting fruit juice with sparkling water instead. 

  9. Keep dentist trips to a minimum by getting into a regular teeth-cleaning routine by brushing teeth twice a day. Children don't need to use special "children's toothpaste". In fact, some of them don’t have enough fluoride in them to help prevent tooth decay.  Children of all ages can use family toothpaste, as long as it contains 1,350-1,500ppm fluoride. Brush up your teeth cleaning knowledge at

  10. Growing up can be a challenge. Half of all mental health problems start before the age of 14.  If you are worried about a child then encouraging them to talk about their feelings.  Check out for guidance and local support. 




Stoptober 28 day stop smoking challenge

Did you know that if you stop smoking for 28 days you're five times more likely to stop for good?

Stoptober is the biggest stop smoking event of the year. Stoptober is a pledge to not smoke during 28 days of October. It has driven over 1 million quit attempts to date and is the biggest mass quit attempt in the country.

Why not join all the people who have succeeded in becoming smokefree and join in this year's challenge.

The Healthy Peterborough Lifestyle Service provides a free and confidential stop smoking service with fully qualified advisors giving practical help and support for your quitting journey. They can advise you of all the treatments out there that can give you the extra support you need to kick the habit for good. Come along to one of the roadshows listed below for face to face advice.

  • Friday 15 September, 12noon to 3pm, Ghousia Mosque 
  • Wednesday 20 September, 10am - 2pm, Regional College
  • Thursday 21 September, City Hospital (Mother & Child Unit)
  • Friday 22 September, Lincoln Road
  • Saturday 23 September, outside the Town Hall, Bridge Street
  • Tuesday 26 September, Werrington Shopping Centre
  • Wednesday 27 September, Serpentine Green Shopping Centre
  • Thursday 28 September, 1pm - 5pm, Marriott Hotel
  • Friday 29 September, 12noon - 3pm, Faizan-e-Madina Mosque
  • Saturday 30 September, outside the Town Hall, Bridge Street
  • Sunday 1 October, outside the Town Hall, Bridge Street
  • Tuesday 3 October, outside Asda, Rivergate
  • Tuesday 17 October, 10am - 1pm, Voyager Academy 

Alternatively contact Peterborough Healthy Lifestyles service on freephone 0800 376 5655.

Everyone’s quitting journey is different, but with Stoptober, you won’t be on your own. Join the thousands quitting smoking with Stoptober and get all the support you need to help you on your quit jouney.

There a lots of ways to quit and Stoptober can help you choose what works for you. You can quit using medication (including nicotine replacement therapies such as patches and gum) or e-cigarettes. Stoptober offers a range of free support to help you including an app, daily emails, Facebook Messenger and lots of encouragement from the Stoptober online community on Facebook. In addition, you can get expert face-to-face advice from local stop smoking services.

Those who use stop smoking aids and who get face-to-face support from their local stop smoking service are up to four times more likely to quit successfully.

Stopping smoking is the best thing you can do for your health and the health of those around you. If you can make it to 28 days smokefree, you’re 5 times more likely to stay quit for good. 

Visit our Stop Smoking pages for more advice.

Have you had your flu jab?

Eligible city residents are being urged to take up the offer of a free flu vaccination following the launch of a national campaign.

City residents who are the most vulnerable to flu are being urged to get their free flu vaccination, ahead of the winter period when the virus is most common. 

The national campaign launches as the Chief Medical Officer has warned that flu, and complications with it, cause 8,000 deaths on average a year in England.

Cllr Diane Lamb, cabinet member for public health at Peterborough City Council said: "For many people flu is an unpleasant illness but for the most vulnerable in society - small children, the elderly, those with long-term health problems and for pregnant women - it can be extremely dangerous. 

"Getting the vaccine is simply the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from catching flu and I would urge anyone who is offered the vaccine, including healthcare workers, to take up the offer to protect themselves and others in their care, for the coming winter season." 

This year's campaign aims to continue to increase uptake of the flu vaccination. Last year 46.3 per cent of at risk groups in Peterborough had their free vaccine.

A new social media advertising pilot campaign is taking place in East Anglia targeting these groups with the sole aim of increasing uptake. It will highlight eligibility, reinforce why it is so important and signpost residents to places they can receive the vaccine. 

People with respiratory diseases like COPD, emphysema or asthma are seven times more likely to die if they catch flu, and people with cardiovascular problems like chronic heart disease or angina, or have had a stroke, are 11 times more likely compared to those who don't.

The risk is far worse for those with chronic liver disease, who are 48 times more likely to die if they get the flu.

Another way of protecting vulnerable adults is to vaccinate children, who are 'super-spreaders' of the virus. Last year's nationwide flu vaccination programme reduced the risk of flu in children who received the vaccine by 65 per cent. 

Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medial Officer said: "Flu kills and we could save thousands of lives if everyone eligible got their free jab.

"With more people eligible than ever before and the vaccine available in more locations, people should protect themselves and those around them against this potentially deadly virus. Taking a few minutes to get the jab could save your life this winter."

To get your vaccine or find out if you are eligible, contact your GP, pharmacist or midwife for more information. 

HPV vaccine

Childhood immunisations

Childhood immunisations protects against 17 serious diseases

Why does my child require vaccination?

Vaccination schedule

Vaccination tips for parents

Common questions about baby vaccinations


Tips for keeping warm and staying well this winter

MyHealth app

Need to find local health services quickly? New ‘MyHealth’ app for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

A new app to help Cambridgeshire and Peterborough residents find local NHS services available to them has been launched.

Quick and easy to use, the ‘MyHealth Cambridgeshire & Peterborough’ app will direct you to your nearest appropriate NHS service. This includes local GPs, pharmacies, minor injury units, and dentists, based on your location or postcode.

Free to download and available in five other languages, including Polish, Latvian, and Lithuanian, MyHealth provides up to date information on current services including directions, opening hours, and contact details.

The app is available to download for iOS via Apple Store and Android via Google Play by searching for 'MyHealth C&P CCG'.

Race for Life

Find out more about the 5k or 10k on
Sunday 2 July 2017, Ferry Meadows Country Park

Healthy Lifestyle Service

What is the new Healthy Peterborough Service and what does it include?

The Healthy Peterborough Service is an integrated service launching on 1 April 2017, designed to provide holistic lifestyle support to the residents of Peterborough through a single point of access, using a targeted approach. This will include:

  • Stop smoking
  • Adult Weight Management (Tier 2 and 3)
  • Child Weight Management (Tier 2)
  • Wellness coaches
  • Healthy eating
  • Physical activity
  • NHS Health Checks (Outreach only)
  • Digital self care


Phone: 0800 376 5655 / 01733 590 064 


eFax: 01733 286835




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Take the Strength and Balance Challenge


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