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NICE consults on promoting exercise to help people ‘age well’

16 July 2014 - 11:43am

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has launched a consultation on approaches to preventing disability and frailty in old age.

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Chartered physios play a crucial role in promoting health and wellbeing through everyday practice

The document, which is open for comment until 5 September, says that helping people to become more physically active in mid-life is an important factor in ageing well.

It recommends that national and local government with a responsibility for public health create policies that make it easier for people to be physically active.

These should include ensuring it is affordable and acceptable for people to exercise and maintain a healthy weight.

NICE calls for developments in traffic and highway management to make walking and cycling more attractive.

Sebastien Baugh, CSP professional adviser, welcomed the draft guidance and said that, if implemented, it will help people to retain good health into later life.

‘Physiotherapists play a crucial role in promoting health and wellbeing through everyday practice,’ he said.

‘It’s important to make every contact count by promoting behaviour changes in individuals who are sedentary, have a poor diet or smoke.’

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