Physical activity

The resources here can be used by both healthcare professionals and the public to help improve physical fitness. The ‘Healthy Eating‘ page  may also be of interest. Please suggest other resources by making a Comment.
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The Change4Life web site has loads of tips, recipes and games to help you and the kids eat more healthily and be more active.
Check out the Games4Life web site and get up off your sofa.  There’s also the Changing Lives For You site from the Greater Manchester Sports Partnership for local events.  You can sign up for an e-mail newsletter to keep up to date with events.
Do you like to walk?  Take a look at Car Free Walks for good places to walk that you can get to on public transport – improve your health and leave a smaller carbon footprint!

For healthcare professionals
This article in The Lancet shows the effects of physical inactivity.  Read a summary (full text available with NHS Athens).

The Department of Health has some ‘Let’s Get Moving‘ resources; see also the UK physical activity guidelines (2011).

NICE have issued a public health briefing designed to help local authorities tackle the physical activity agenda.  There is also a NICE Pathway for physical activity which brings together guidance in one place; this is part of the NHS Evidence Public Health site, which can be searched (NHS Athens may be required for some results – register at

The British Heart Foundation has a National Centre for Physical Activity and Health, based at Loughborough University.  The comprehensive web site includes a searchable ‘Resource & Publications Library’ and a telephone helpline.

Cochrane systematic reviews –
Interventions for promoting physical activity [88p pdf]
Click here for links to an abstract and full text pdf
School-based physical activity programs for promoting physical activity and fitness in children and adolescents aged 6-18 [114p pdf]
Click here for links to an abstract and full text pdf

NHS Confederation briefing on health and sport (Feb 2013).

UK physical activity guidelines
Published by DH in July 2011, this site includes fact sheets for different age groups and current evidence.

Be active, be healthy : a plan for getting the nation moving
75-page report published by the Department of Health in February 2009 which establishes a new framework for the delivery of physical activity alongside sport for the period leading up to the London 2012 Olympic Games and beyond.  The report also publishes the costs to the NHS of physical inactivity for every PCT in England. The document includes a foreword and executive summary, chapters on why physical activity matters, the ambition for a more active England, informing choice and promoting activity, creating an active environment, supporting those most at risk, energising delivery, and consulting on how the new alliance should work, and appendices.

Health Survey for England – 2008: Physical activity and fitness
Full text links to a summary and 2 volumes of data published by the NHS Information Centre in 2009.

On the state of public health : annual report of the Chief Medical Officer 2009
This report provides details of progress made in key areas identified by previous annual reports and focuses on several key issues, including the benefits of physical activity.

E-journal – (NHS Athens required)
British Journal of Sports Medicine

E-book – (NHS Athens required)
Netter’s Sports Medicine


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