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Change the Conversation with New Moving Medicine Course

The faculty’s Moving Medicine team are delighted to announce the launch of our first online learning course, designed to help clinicians talk about exercise and physical activity.

Active Conversations is an evidence-based course for health professionals on how to have quick, effective and positive conversations that motivate people to move more. The course has been developed by clinicians, for clinicians, and features practical advice and strategies for encouraging people to increase their levels of physical activity.

Produced in partnership with Sport England with support from National Lottery Funding, the resource will help healthcare professionals advise patients on how physical activity can help to manage their conditions, prevent disease and aid recovery.

Physical inactivity is one of the biggest causes of ill health in the UK, and is responsible for as many deaths each year as smoking.

Currently one in four people in England are classed as ‘inactive’, or performing less than 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity a week.

Evidence suggests that 1 in 4 people would be more active if advised by a healthcare professional, yet many health professionals say they are reluctant to speak about the benefits of physical activity to patients due to lack of knowledge, skills or confidence.

The 12-week course will start in January 2020, and participants will earn 16 CPD points upon successful completion. To find out more, or to book your place, visit the Active Conversations site.