Healthy Living

If you move to a new place, especially a new country, it can be difficult to stay fit and healthy. You change your daily routine, the type of food you eat and how much etc.

Eating healthy food and getting regular exercise is important.

It is the best way to stay healthy and avoid becoming overweight.

It can also help prevent many diseases such as stroke, cancer and diabetes.

There are lots of groups and services to help you live a healthier lifestyle, even if you are busy with work, family and study. Many of them are free or low-cost.

Find out more free things to do in Bradford.

Healthy eating and physical exercise

You can go walking, running or cycling in parks in Bradford for free. There are some big parks and many smaller parks in Bradford.

There are also 14 leisure centres in Bradford run by Bradford Council. They offer sports, swimming and exercise classes. You have to pay for activities but the prices are not as expensive as a gym. You can also download an app to find your local Leisure Centre.

There are lots of community centres and organisations in Bradford that run groups and activities where you can learn to cook healthy food or join in exercise in your local area.

Some of the activities are free (especially if you are receiving welfare benefits) or you may be required to pay a small charge. The activities on offer often change, so the best way to find up to date information is to check their websites or contact them directly. Find free things to do.

Also look at Groups and Activities.

‘Cook and Eat Bradford’ is for 8-11 year olds. “Come and join us at our Cook and Eat sessions. Each week we will learn new skills about how to cook different meals. Once we have cooked we are able to sit, eat and enjoy what we have made together.”

Cook and eat, Fridays 3:30 – 5:00pm

Other Healthy Living Services in Bradford are:


Bevan Wellbeing and Bevan House Primary Care Centre

Healthy Lifestyle Bradford


BEEP (Exercise Referral Program)

Stop smoking

Stopping smoking is the best thing you can do to improve your health.

You can get free NHS support and prescription medication to help you do this. Ask your GP.

Help with drugs and alcohol problems

If you or someone you know has problems with drugs and alcohol, you can access free treatment through Fresh Start Bradford.

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