Healthcare professionals are encouraged to discuss getting active with patients, as new sporting campaign launches

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Posted: Mon, 21 Sep 2020 11:44

Healthcare professionals are encouraged to discuss getting active with patients, as new sporting campaign launches

To mark the launch of a new sporting campaign, Public Health England are encouraging healthcare professionals to discuss the benefits of getting active with their patients, to reduce the risk of serious illness, including Covid-19.

The Great British Week of Sport, a new initiative led by ukactive, with support from Public Health England's (PHE) Better Health campaign and Sport England, will highlight the benefits that sport and physical activity have on people's mental and physical wellbeing.

Improving the health of the population is a priority as the nation begins to recover from the first wave of Covid-19. Healthcare professionals can play a leading role in supporting patients who are struggling to keep active, with one in four people stating that they would be more active if they were advised by a GP or nurse.

To coincide with the Great British Week of Sport, PHE are also encouraging people to get active using the free 'Active 10' walking and 'Couch to 5k' running apps as part of the Better Health campaign. Further support and tools suitable for beginners will also be available on the Better Health website.

Encouraging patients to move more each day and build physical activity into their everyday lives, can go a long way to reducing their risk of illness, including Covid-19.

If you're working as a healthcare professional or manage a team of HCPs, you can help make a difference to patients' lives by providing brief physical activity advice. Did you know that PHE provides free training and resources that can increase your knowledge and skills in this area, and give you the confidence to have these conversations?

You can access:

- free e-learning about the benefits of physical activity in preventing and managing a range of common conditions and supporting general health.

- sign up to online group training with 12 to 15 of your peers, that are delivered by PHE's Physical Activity Clinical Champions.

- online tool Moving Medicine for conversations guides, ranging from one minute, five minutes and plus, to help patients with long term conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and MSK conditions.

To find out more, please contact the Active Dorset:

E: cthomas@activedorset.org

Tags: Better Health, Covid-19, Great British Week of Sport, Healthcare Professionals, Public Health England, Sport England

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