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.
Prescribing Movement For Adults
A very short, but good quality conversation at the end of a consultation is incredibly effective in changing people's levels of physical activity.
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LiveWell Dorset supports people to lead healthier lifestyles by helping them to become more active, stop smoking, drink less alcohol and maintain a healthy weight.
Once you have started the conversation, LiveWell Dorset can continue it! You can signpost your patients to LiveWell or you can register them online for support.