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Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Jewell, helps physios launch ‘Move for Health’ campaign in Wales

CSP press release published on 2 July 2009

The Chief Medical Officer for Wales yesterday lent his support to the CSP's ‘Move for Health’ campaign by attending the launch of the new ‘Easy Exercise Guide’

Dr Tony Jewell, Chief Medical Officer for Wales, yesterday lent his support to ‘Move for Health’, the new campaign from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), by attending the launch of the CSP’s new ‘Easy Exercise Guide’ (see note 2).

Pictured (left to right): Dr Tony Jewell, Chief Medical Officer; Philippa Ford, CSP Policy Officer for Wales; Alun Morgan, CSP Council member and Head of Physiotherapy Services at Cardiff and the Vale NHS Trust; Kim Rowe, Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist from Gwent

The Chief Medical Officer supports ‘Move for Health’, particularly as the key messages of the campaign complement the ‘Health Challenge Wales’ initiative; in essence, to promote healthier lifestyles by encouraging people to take more appropriate exercise. In addition, he supports the ‘Easy Exercise Guide’, a helpful leaflet that provides tips and ideas on how people can build exercise into daily routines.

Dr Jewell said, "The Welsh Assembly Government is fully committed to increasing levels of physical activity in Wales. We are encouraging organisations to comment on the draft ‘Climbing Higher: Creating an Active Wales Strategic Action Plan’, which focuses on ensuring that we all build physical activity into our everyday lives.

"The NHS has a key role to play in supporting sedentary people to become more active in order to benefit their long-term health and reduce the burden and cost of chronic disease. I welcome and support the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy’s ‘Move for Health’ campaign and recognise the contribution it will make to ‘Creating an Active Wales’”.

Philippa Ford said, “Most people know exercise is good for their health but when it comes to doing it, exercise simply isn’t a priority. Regular physical activity is as important as eating five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, and people need to understand that you can’t keep putting it off. Without sufficient physical activity you increase your risk of life-threatening illnesses”.

“Exercise doesn’t need to be expensive, boring or time consuming. Just getting outside at for a half-hour walk every day will greatly increase your fitness levels. Finding an activity that you enjoy, such as dancing or gardening, will make it much easier to maintain the sort of lifestyle that is good for us. The CSP has a range of free materials to help you find easy ways to be more active without injuring yourself or overdoing it”.

For further information please call the CSP press office on 020 7306 1111 or on 07900 160349 out of hours.

Notes to editors

  1. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is the professional, educational and trade union body for the UK’s 48,000 physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and assistants.
  2. To encourage people to be more physically active, the CSP has produced a free, downloadable ‘Easy Exercise Guide’
  3. The CSP’s ‘Move for Health’ campaign aims to promote good health through encouraging appropriate physical activity and by highlighting how physiotherapists can help people to prevent illness and obesity.
  4. Move for Health is in support of Health Challenge Wales. In order to maintain a healthy weight we need to both eat better and move more. Many families are making changes that will help them live healthier and longer lives. Visit or call 029 20825793 for more information.


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