“If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health”

Hippocrates 460-377 BC

Based on a comprehensive research approach, this website intends to provide health professionals with the tools and information required to encourage, motivate and educate patients about the wide ranging health benefits of physical activity.

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Why encourage physical activity?

The World Health Organisation ranks physical inactivity as the fourth largest cause of global mortality.1

  • In the UK 60-70% of our population take insufficient exercise.2

  • Physical inactivity is linked to many chronic health problems including cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, obesity, cancer, dementia, depression and osteoporosis.2

  • The present cost of physical inactivity in the UK and the NHS, when indirect costs to the economy are added to health costs, has been estimated to be £8.2 billion.3

  • Physical activity is known to be essential for improved health, preservation of function and there is evidence of prolonged life resulting from as little as 15 minutes of regular and moderate daily exercise.4

  • Long term studies of men and women in the USA have shown a positive linear relationship between physical activity and health and conversely, a low cardio respiratory fitness level as the largest attributable factor for all causes of death.5

  • Physical inactivity kills more than smoking, diabetes and obesity combined.5

 

Designed as brief information ‘bites’, the site covers all aspects of exercise and health from general information to disease specific recommendations. It comprises five main sections:

The module was created October 2013 and updated January 2018

 

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