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The Sport and Physical Activity Partnership for London


18.10.2007 |

Get moving for a healthier life

Physical activity pilot projects have been launched in PCTs in Islington, Wandsworth and Southwark

Adults who lead sedentary lifestyles, including some who may be at risk from conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure, are being encouraged to get moving for a healthier life by their GPs in a new physical activity pilot launched by the Department of Health in partnership with Natural England and NHS London.

Physical Activity Primary Care Pathway

Running initially in eight GP surgeries across five London PCTs (Islington, Wandsworth, Southwark, Tower Hamlets and Haringey) this innovative project will mean that practitioners measure a patients physical activity levels through the use a GP Physical Activity Questionnaire (published by the DH in 2006). They will then support them to change their behaviour giving advice and encouraging them to set activity goals through signposting them to activity.

Thirty minutes of moderate activity, at least five times a week is all it takes to improve and maintain good health but many people are failing well short of this recommended level.

If patients want to get more physically active after their assessment they will be given a ‘Let’s get moving’ pack which includes a personal exercise plan, information on local activities they can join, a map of their nearest park and open spaces and diet and exercise advice. GPs will follow up the patient’s progress at three and six months.

Read the full press release here.