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Active for Health Rotherham: be active to stay healthy
  1. Rebecca Atchinson1,
  2. Gabbi Frith2,
  3. Amy Roden1,
  4. Robert J Copeland2,3,
  5. Lindsey J Reece2,4
  1. 1 Public Health, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, Rotherham, UK
  2. 2 Centre for Sport and Exercise Science, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK
  3. 3 National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine, NCSEM, Sheffield, UK
  4. 4 Prevention Research Collaboration, School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Lindsey J Reece, Prevention Research Collaboration, School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia; lindsey.reece{at}

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  • Rotherham, South Yorkshire, UK, which has an estimated population of over 262 000.

Target population

  • People living in Rotherham with one or more of the following seven long-term conditions: cardiac, heart failure, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cancer, lower back pain, and a recent fall and/or fracture.

What modes/types/domains of physical activity does the programme promote?

  • Functional physical activity delivered in community venues aimed at improving rehabilitation and recovery.

Which of the seven best investments does the programme address?

  • Community-wide programme and healthcare.

What sectors does it involve?

  • The project involves health professionals and exercise specialists by developing a pathway that bridges the gap between National Health Service rehabilitation and community physical activity opportunities.

Estimated programme reach

  • The programme reaches over 1000 patients a year, improving their health and well-being. At the time of this publication, 695 patients had registered for the programme and consented to participate in the evaluation.

What is special about this programme?

  • The programme aims to revolutionise the role that physical activity plays in rehabilitation and recovery, by providing safe, effective and quality-assured services in local communities, resulting in notable improvements in health and well-being.

Key programme details

  • Programme website:, #activeforhealth and


Active for Health is a physical activity and sport programme that aims to make it easier for people with a long-term condition (cancer, stroke, cardiac, heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lower back pain, a recent fall or fracture) to become more physically active in a safe way. To achieve this, the programme provides a seamless pathway of care from clinical rehabilitation services, including cardiac rehabilitation and cancer treatment delivered within the National Health Service (NHS), through to community physical activity provision.

Active for Health adopts a multiagency …

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  • Contributors GF collected the data as the evaluation officer for Active for Health. AR, Project Officer, supported this along with collating project-specific detail. RA, as Project Manager and LJR, as Senior Academic on the team, led the writing of this document, with RJC providing a thorough edit. All authors support this submission.

  • Funding Sport England has contributed funding to this programme.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Detail has been removed from this case description/these case descriptions to ensure anonymity. The editors and reviewers have seen the detailed information available and are satisfied that the information backs up the case the authors are making.

  • Ethics approval Sheffield NHS Rec Committee 15/LO/1540.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Data sharing statement Full mix method evaluation data are expected December 2018.