Physical inactivity is described as the biggest health threat of the 21st Century. 1 There is overwhelming evidence that low physical activity is a major cause for non-communicable disease. 2 Being active prevents and treats most long term conditions including diabetes, coronary heart disease, hypertension, osteoarthritis and cancer. Less than 40% of men and 30% of women are active enough for health in the UK. 3 Recognising and addressing inactivity is just as important as managing BP, weight, cholesterol, glucose and smoking habits. P4E is designed and written by clinicians for clinicians
Make Every Contact CountPhysical activity discussion with your patient is an essential component of high-quality primary health care.
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Our principles are guided by the health enhancing physical activity recommendations produced by the UK Physical Activity Guidelines, American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the Swedish National Institute of Public Health.
- Blair SN. Physical inactivity: the biggest public health problem of the 21st century. Br J Sports Med 2009;43:1-2 ↩
- World Health Organisation. Global Health risks: mortality and burden of disease attributable to selected major risks. 2009. ↩
- NHS Information Centre for Health and Social Care (2009) Health Survey for England 2008: Physical Activity and Fitness. London: NHS Information Centre for Health and Social Care. ↩