The latest Public Health England campaign, Better Health, was launched on Monday 27th July to seize the opportunity for a national reset moment and to focus on kickstarting our health – to get active and eat better.

COVID-19 has affected the whole country; for almost everyone, life has had to fundamentally change. But it has also prompted many people to reflect and think more seriously about their health. What's more, people have been surprised by how able they have been to change their behaviour, with lockdown showing many that they are able to make and sustain changes to their lives.

Nearly two thirds (63%) of adults in the UK are overweight or living with obesity. Gaining weight is often a gradual process that takes place over a number of years and modern life doesn't always make it easy. But this extra weight causes pressure to build up around vital organs, making it harder for the body to fight against diseases like cancer, heart disease and now COVID-19. By reducing your weight within a healthy range, you can help cut your risk of being critically ill with COVID-19.


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Physical Activity: Online Training

Evidence shows that one in four patients would be more active if advised by a GP or nurse, yet nearly three quarters of GPs do not speak about the benefits of physical activity to patients due to either lack of knowledge, skills or confidence.

All Our Health - Physical Activity Training

The All Our Health, Physical Activity Training can be found on the NHS Health Education England site, and is more suited towards Nurses.

It is a bite-sized session to give health and care professionals an overview of physical activity - including key evidence, data and signposts to trusted resources to help prevent illness, protect health and promote wellbeing.


BMJ Physical Activity in the Treatment of Long Term Conditions Course

BMJ Physical Activity in the Treatment of Long Term Conditions Course

The BMJ Physical Activity in the Treatment of Long Term Conditions Course is more suited to GP's and carries CPD accreditation. After completing the modules, you should:

  • Know how physical activity compares with other modifiable behaviours, such as smoking and diet, as a risk factor for mortality
  • Know the Chief Medical Officer guidelines for physical activity in the UK
  • Understand the mechanisms behind how physical activity can both prevent and treat a range of major diseases
  • Understand how physical activity is important in the prevention and treatment of may conditions
  • Know the important safety considerations for recommending physical activity in these conditions
  • Know the principles of promoting physical activity in primary care.

Physical Activity: PHE Clinical Champion Physical Activity Training

Sport England have partnered with Public Health England and other professional bodies to establish the Moving Healthcare Professionals Programme (MHPP) to help address this barrier and support healthcare professionals to promote physical activity to their patients. One element of this programme has been establishing Clinical Champion Physical Activity Training (CCPA).

The objectives of the CCPA training programme are to:

• Raise knowledge and awareness of the value of physical activity for the prevention and treatment of chronic disease

• Increase the knowledge and confidence of healthcare professionals to deliver brief advice on physical activity to patients

• Increase the frequency of physical activity brief interventions delivered by healthcare professionals to patients as a method of clinical care.

Key topics covered include:

1) definitions and the evidence base for physical activity and health

2) the physical activity guidelines

3) the importance of physical activity for the prevention and management of disease

4) the integration of brief interventions for physical activity into clinical practice utilising behaviour change theory

Training is an hour and a half and is suitable for protected learning time or other relevant team meetings.

If you are interested in having PHE Physical Activity Clinical Champion training delivered for your practice or PCN by a local GP, Practice Nurse or Allied Health Professional please contact Chloe at cthomas@activedorset.org.


RSPH Level 2 Award in Supporting Behaviour Change

What does the course cover?

This qualification will provide learners with the knowledge, confidence and skills to support individuals who are thinking of making a health behaviour change.

Specific units of learning are as follows:

1. Understand how to communicate effectively and build rapport with an individual

2. Understand what can impact on behaviour change and how to explore these factors with an individual

3. Understand how an individual can be supported in thinking about making a lifestyle or health behaviour change

4. Understand how to support an individual to plan for a behaviour change

Who should attend?

This course is for anyone wanting to learn how to engage and support individuals to make a positive heath behaviour change. Best suited for; community volunteers, health champions, youth workers, social prescribing link workers.

By completing the course, you will gain an RSPH Level 2 Accredited Award in Supporting Behaviour Change (Health & Wellbeing).

For dates and bookings, please contact Active Dorset:
E: mbailey@activedorset.org


RSPH Level 2 award in Encouraging Physical Activity

What does the course cover?

Learners will increase their knowledge and understanding of why individuals may not actively participate in physical activity, the health benefits of physical activity and how individuals can be helped and supported to improve their health by increasing their level of physical activity.

To achieve this qualification a candidate must:

1. Understand the health benefits of physical activity

2. Understand factors that affect an individual's participation in physical activity

3. Know how to encourage individuals to increase their level of physical activity

Who should attend?

This qualification is for individuals with an interest in health who are also interested in helping others develop a healthier lifestyle by encouraging physical activity.

By completing the course, you will gain an RSPH Level 2 Accredited Award in Encouraging Physical Activity.

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