Physical Activity Prescription (PAP): The French model

By Mathias Poussel, David Hupin, Bruno Chenuel and Pascal Edouard Both physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour are leading risk factors for non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer and diabetes which accounts for 10% of deaths in Europe.1-3 To promote regular PA in patients, public health policy as PA on prescription (PAP) has been developed and is reported to increase […]

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Updated (and expanded!) resources launched to support teaching of physical activity interventions for undergraduate health care students

PRESS RELEASE New resources have been released to support the teaching of exercise medicine for the prevention and treatment of disease in undergraduate health and medicine programmes. Working with universities across the UK, Exercise Works! has updated the #MovementforMovement resources for 2017. They now include information on physical activity during pregnancy, exercise for children with […]

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World Health Organisation to develop Global Action Plan to Promote Physical Activity

By Charlie Foster, Trevor Shilton, Lucy Westerman, Justin Varney,  and Fiona Bull More people moving more is central to a healthier world. Unfortunately, evidence tells us that people everywhere are less active than ever before, and the burden of chronic noncommunicable diseases rises unabated. In response, the WHO has launched their strategy to develop a new Global […]

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A historic celebration of World Physical Activity Day 2017, and partnership for sustained dissemination of the EuroFIT program

By Dr. Marcos Agostinho A historic celebration of World Physical Activity Day 2017 took place in The City of Football, home of the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF), with a formal public presentation of the National Program for the Promotion of Physical Activity. The program was coordinated by the Health Ministry, in Portugal’s Directorate-General of Health (DGS), […]

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The sedentary office: the need for more pragmatic guidelines

Letter to the Editor by: Dr Kelly Mackenzie, Specialty Registrar in Public Health / Academic Public Health Fellow In response to:  JP Buckley & A Hedge et al (2015). The sedentary office: a growing case for change towards better health and productivity. We welcome the development of quantifiable targets relating to workplace sedentary.  However, given the low quality […]

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Why Physical Inactivity is the Cinderella of non-communicable diseases: 8 common myths de-bunked

By Thea Franke and Christina Thiele Originally published on the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility’s blog (Follow: @Mobility_Health) Much like Cinderella, physical inactivity goes under-recognized and largely under-appreciated. Bull and Bauman (2011) state that physical inactivity receives a “poverty of policy attention and resourcing proportionate to its importance.” Addressing physical inactivity needs to be a global public […]

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Obesity in the Middle East : A serious public health concern and initiatives to improve diet and physical activity

Sport and Exercise Medicine: The UK trainee perspective (A BJSM blog series) By Dr Farrah Jawad Obesity is becoming a major public health issue in the Middle East and in other developing regions. Estimations of overweight or obese individuals include: 42.2% of Kuwaiti adolescent males and 42.4% of Bahraini adolescent females 1. The World Health Organisation indicates […]

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Exercise Referral Schemes in Primary Care: Where does Sport and Exercise Medicine stand?

By Dr. Amir Pakravan and Dr. Amanda Jones Exercise referral schemes (ERS) are often known as specific referrals made by primary care professionals to a third party for individual advice, and a tailored physical activity or exercise programme aimed at achieving health benefits through increased level of physical activity.[1, 2] Primary care is uniquely placed to promote […]

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Move Eat Treat Health Summit November 27, 2013 – Creating a proactive healthcare service: Only a few days left for early bird registration

As health and fitness enthusiasts, we instinctively know that lifestyle problems cause the vast majority of chronic disease. We also know the growing burden of chronic disease in the Western world could be largely prevented through simple but powerful changes in behaviour, such as better food and more physical activity. However, most healthcare professionals are […]

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