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Promote daily exercise to end ‘epidemic’ of inactivity, say CSP and Public Health England

27 October 2014 - 3:12pm

Physiotherapists can help to combat a physical inactivity epidemic that is responsible for one in six deaths in England and costs the country some £7.4 billion a year, says the CSP.


Download the report 'Everybody active, every day' below

The society contributed to a report released in October by Public Health England (PHE): Everybody active, every day.

The document provides an evidence-based framework for national and local organisations to combat inactivity and promote better health.

‘This framework highlights the need to activate thousands of public-facing professionals, including physiotherapists, to tackle the physical inactivity epidemic,’ says Stuart Palma, a CSP professional adviser.

‘Health professionals must take action to integrate and recommend physical activity as part of every treatment episode, and there must be a drive to activate networks of expertise.’

The framework identifies four key areas of action that could encourage people to adopt active lifestyles.

These are:

  •  making physical activity a social ‘norm’
  • helping professionals and volunteers to develop expertise
  • creating environments to support active lives
  • identifying and up-scaling successful exercise programmes nationwide

‘We need to make physical activity the easy, accessible and natural choice for everyone,’ said Kevin Fenton, PHE’s executive director of health and wellbeing, at the launch of the framework.

‘If we get it right, the benefits will be shared by future generations leading to an increase in everyone’s chances of living a healthy, independent and fulfilling life.’

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