This page aims to signpost healthcare professionals and health organisations to the latest insight and guidance from the field of Physical Activity and Health.
Physical Activity and Long-term Health Conditions Consensus Statement
The following information is taken from the Moving Medicine website.
The benefits of physical activity for people living with long term health conditions are well established, but the fear of increasing symptoms or worsening long term problems commonly stops people from moving more. Many healthcare professionals also feel unsure about what advice they should give to people living with symptomatic medical conditions.
To help address concerns around risk, the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine UK, Sport England, Office Health Improvement and Disparities (formerly Public Health England) and the Royal College of General Practitioner's have collaborated to develop a consensus statement for healthcare professionals to use to support their clinical practice.
Click here for more information, or download the documents below to access a summary of advice for healthcare professionals, and the academic article outlining how the statements were developed.
Summary of Advice Infographic (PDF, 1.2 Mb)
British Journal of Medicine Article (PDF, 1.3 Mb)
Supporting Active Mums
The following information is taken from the This Girl Can Supporters Hub.
Being pregnant and having a baby is a huge transition in life that, unsurprisingly, makes being active even more of a challenge for many women. We found that 74% of pregnant women and new mothers would be reassured to become or stay active if they received advice or encouragement from a healthcare professional.
Our Active Mums Start With You campaign is designed to support healthcare professionals be proactive in having conversations with pregnant women and new mothers about being active and gives them advice on how to do so. Alongside TRAINING AND RESOURCES for healthcare professionals to support them in instigating these conversations, we've created a range of posters and social media assets for a variety of different professions available to download.
Further Information and Links
A hub of the most useful training and resources, based on feedback from GPs, midwives and health visitors, to arm healthcare professionals such as yourself with the knowledge and confidence to proactively hold conversations around physical activity.
Training and resources to facilitate the delivery of clear, consistent and confident messages regarding physical activity engagement.
Mental Health Resources
The following information is taken from the Mind website.
As part of our Sector Support programme, we provide a range of resources. These aim to help organisations to better support and engage people experiencing mental health problems in physical activity. These resources and toolkits cover topics such as establishing a mental health champions scheme and improving mental health at work for staff.
Mental Health and Physical Activity Toolkit
Our Mental Health and Physical Activity Toolkit aims to increase the number of sport, physical activity and mental health providers who are equipped with the knowledge and skills to support and engage people experiencing mental health problems in physical activity.
The toolkit is made up of a variety of guides. Each one provides guidance, tools, templates and good practice case studies to help organisations provide an inclusive and welcoming environment for people experiencing mental health problems to be physically active.
We have developed a pre-recorded webinar which will support you to access the 10 guides, including recordings from our physical activity team, our partners and experts by experience.
British Heart Foundation Healthcare Hub
The British Heart Foundation offer an online hub for healthcare professionals to support them to provide the best quality cardiovascular care.
The hub contains:
- Covid-19 resources and information to support cardiovascular clinicians during the Covid-19 pandemic
- Resources, clinical tools specific to your professional ro le as a GP, nurse, community practitioner or pharmacist
- Data and statistics to support you to deliver best practice
- CPD and learning opportunities