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Physical Activity and Exercise Medicine

Below are links to help doctors and healthcare professional find out more about Exercise Medicine.

Research and Evidence

A Fresh Approach – This NHS facing document, produced by the FSEM (UK), contains key evidence for physical activity in the prevention and treatment of disease and puts the case across for making Exercise Medicine more available throughout the NHS.

British Heart Foundation Centre on Population Approaches for Non-Communicable Disease Prevention. A series of high quality systematic reviews of research relevant to interventions aimed at promoting physical activity.

Everybody Active Everyday – An evidence based approach to physical activity. A report by Public Health England identifying seven priorities for the next ten years to tackle the behaviour that increases the risk of poor mental and physical health.

Exercise: The miracle cure and the role of the doctor in promoting it  This report, by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, outlines not just ‘why’ doctors in all four nations in the UK must take a leading role in the fight against a sedentary lifestyle, but commendably sets out in clear and simple terms ‘how’ they should do that.

Examples and Resources

Generation Games – Oxfordshire’s activity network for the over 50s, an example of a community based exercise intervention, developed by Fellows of the FSEM (UK) at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Motivate2Move – Developed by Dr Brian Johnson, GP and member of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine, Motivate 2 Move offers all health professionals the tools and information to enable them to educate, motivate and encourage patients about the benefits of physical activity.

HEAT – The WHO Europe Health Economic Assessment Tool – This tool is designed to help you conduct an economic assessment of the health benefits of walking or cycling by estimating the value of reduced mortality that results from specified amounts of walking or cycling.

Medical Student Exercise Prescription Booklet – This series of cases, Exercise Prescription in Health and Disease, has been written by 16 consultants, doctors and experts, including Fellows and Members of the FSEM (UK), and has been edited by Dr Patrick O’Halloran and Dr Gurjit Bhogal

Scottish Physical Activity Pathway. Aims to support  healthcare practitioners to gain confidence in raising the issue of inactivity in their practice and support them to encourage patients to meet the national physical activity guidelines.

Guidelines

NHS Physical Activity Guidelines  – Useful information about recommended levels of physical activity for all ages

NICE guidelines for physical activity  Adults in Primary Care

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