Health and Wellbeing

Incorporating active travel (walking and cycling) into your daily routine is a great way to keep you fit and healthy, both mentally and physically. If you are looking for advice and support on your health and wellbeing, click each box below to find out more information and services available in North Yorkshire.

Get Active 

Daily physical activity is great for your health as well as your well-being. 

Top Tips:

Use your smart phone, or a fitness tracker/smart watch to record all your steps and activity. Motivate yourself to get more active through competing with others, or aiming to beat your own records! 

Try walking or cycling to work for one day a week and build up from there; did you know that incorporating exercise into your daily routine can be one of the easiest ways to get more active? 

If you drive to work why not try parking further away? This will allow you to boost your steps and daily activity! 

When you arrive at work, try taking the stairs instead of the lift – this will boost your daily steps and increase your heart rate contributing towards your recommended 30 mins of exercise a day.

Walk or cycle for fun! As well as commuting, remember that walking or cycling can be a fun exercise to enjoy with your friends and family. 

For more information and ideas on how you can incorporate gentle exercise in to your daily routine:  

Practical Tips to increase physical activity – For practical tips, tools and free apps to improve your lifestyle visit 

Fun ideas for activities – For fun ideas, recipes, top tips and activities for all the family visit 

Health Services 

Your health matters greatly and in North Yorkshire there are many services that you can access for support and information. 

Below is a useful summary of local and national health and wellbeing information for Harrogate: 

Healthy Choices – For healthy weight support for children, young people and families in North Yorkshire visit Healthy weight for young people | North Yorkshire Council.

The adult weight management service is a 24-week programme designed to improve your physical and mental health by helping you eat well and get moving. For more information visit Healthy weight | North Yorkshire Council

Children’s Centres – You can find out where your nearest children’s centre is, plus what services they offer by visiting children-and-families/children-and-family-hubs 

Local Health Services – To access more information on your local health services, including GP, urgent care, hospitals dentists, visit NHS Choices 

Stopping smoking – Stopping smoking is the single most important thing you can do to improve your health and wellbeing. Free local support is availabe from Living Well Smokefree. 

Information, advice and support – The North Yorkshire Community Directory contains local community information, advice and support. Find out more at