Contact the Physical Activity Team

Physical Activity Team, Public Health

North Somerset Council
Tickenham Road
BS21 6FW

01275 882730

Get active in North Somerset leaflet

Healthy Lifestyles Advisors

If you would like to refer a resident, you are supporting to our Healthy Lifestyles Advisors for get active support just complete and submit our simple referral form.  Our target audience are those who are inactive, taking part in less than 30 minutes of physical activity per week.

Refer to our Healthy Lifestyles Advisors

Once we have received your referral we will make contact with the resident, please ensure you have permission from the resident to pass their details onto us.

Get Active support for residents 

Visit our get active pages for information and advice that can be given to residents you are supporting in North Somerset.

Get Active information

Physical activity reduces risk

In the UK, physical inactivity is the fourth greatest cause of ill health with negative impacts on health, social and economic outcomes for individuals and communities. It is responsible for 1 in 6 UK deaths, which is equivalent to smoking. Importantly, up to 40% of long-term conditions could be prevented if everyone met the UK Chief Medical Officer’s physical activity recommendations.  There are a range of guidelines for specific demographic groups and age ranges.

View the physical activity guidelines 


Professional resources and tools

Physical activity learning and training opportunities 

Visit the Physical Activity Training and Behaviour Change Training pages to access a variety of courses and e-learning to support your work.

Physical activity evidence

NICE guidance and pathways are available to support evidence based practice to promote physical activity.

Moving Medicine online resource

Moving Medicine is a free, online resource for healthcare professionals to promote and support patients with long-term conditions to get more active. Led by the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine UK (FSEM), in partnership with OHID and Sport England, the toolkit provides what is needed for a 1-minute, 5-minute and longer conversations with patients.

View Moving Medicine 

Active Practice Charter

The Active Practice Charter is free to join and includes lots of simple and creative ideas to help practices meet the criteria. You just need to demonstrate that your practice has taken steps to reduce sedentary behaviour and increase physical activity in staff and patients, and partnered with a local physical activity provider.  Contact the Physical Activity Team to discuss linking up with local physical activity providers or organising a health walk from your practice or read this article on Movement as Medicine for more information.

The Parkrun practice initiative

The parkrun practice initiative enables GPs and practice staff to socially prescribe physical activity by referring patients to take part in a parkrun.  This has been achieved in Clevedon in partnership with Clevedon Salthouse fields parkrun, Clevedon Medical Centre and the Physical Activity Team. Please contact us to discuss how we can support you link your surgery with a local parkrun and achieve parkrun practice status. 

Parkrun is a weekly accessible event where individuals can walk, jog or run 5km.

Activity Alliance advice

The Activity Alliance provides physical activity advice for those living with a disability.