Public health and physical activity

As a health professional, you have a responsibility to promote good health to every one of your patients.

Physiotherapy staff are well placed to make a positive impact in public health across the UK. Start to make a difference yourself by using the links below for ideas and suggestions.

Love Activity, Hate Exercise?

Our Love Activity, Hate Exercise? campaign will support members to get their patients and the wider public more active by acknowledging that often people have a love/hate relationship with physical activity and exercise.

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Love activity hate exercise?

Find out more about public health

Public health covers both illness prevention and promotion of personal wellbeing.  Use our introduction page if you are unsure about what public health means or need help locating

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Allied Health Professions advisory fitness for work report

Using the AHP report helps you to provide information on the functional impact of a patient’s reported problem and to suggest options that may support the patient to remain in, or return to, work.

Download a copy to use and see further guidance

Make Every Contact Count (MECC)

By using a MECC approach healthcare professionals can help people make healthier choices to achieve positive long-term behaviour change. Access Public Health England's resources to support local implementation and measure impact.

Access MECC resources

Physiotherapy works - for obesity

Obese individuals often have complex biopsychosocial barriers to physical activity participation. Physios are uniquely positioned to facilitate physical activity required for weight management in these patients.

Download the evidence briefing on obesity

OneYou: self help for public health

Tell your patients about the government's self-help, public health website which has resources covering eating, drinking, moving, sleep and stress, as well as a self-assessment quiz.

Visit the OneYou website

Keep people healthy

The World Health Professions Alliance has produced a tool to inform individuals on positive behaviour and lifestyle changes to avoid chronic or noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).

Access the Health Improvement Card

Advice on smoking cessation

All healthcare professionals - not least physiotherapists - need to ask people they treat if they smoke, and offer advice on how to stop should this be the case. Access free, online guidance from the BMJ to find out how best to do this.

Brief advice on smoking