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Invitation to the Scientific Consensus Meeting for the update of the UK CMO 2011 physical activity guidelines

Last Updated: 4/20/2018

Invitation to the Scientific Consensus Meeting for the update of the UK CMO 2011 physical activity guidelines, held on 20th June, 2018.

policy consultation

Consultation launched on children’s health and physical activity

Last Updated: 3/16/2018

ukactive has launched a new consultation that will help to shape the future of children’s physical activity across the UK. The consultation will focus on developing opportunities in three key areas: the organisations and institutions that children and young people experience, the physical environment that children and young people grow up in and the social environment that children interact with. ukactive wants written evidence which captures the views of children, young people, parents, teachers, activity providers, social workers, policy experts, business leaders, healthcare professionals and anyone else with a stake in children’s health to help plot the next chapter in the health of Britain’s children. The deadline for responses is Friday 1 June 2018. More information is available below:

clinical practice guidelines

UK physical activity guidelines review

Last Updated: 1/9/2018

The current UK physical activity guidelines were published by the Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) in 2011 and offer evidence-based recommendations for physical activity related health outcomes. A review will be conducted to provide updated practical public health guidelines and develop potential implementation pathways for all groups, from healthcare to communication professionals. Over the next 12 months, six Expert Working Groups (EWGs) will work with key national stakeholders to review the current guidelines and present new recommendations to the four UK CMOs based upon the latest scientific evidence. The groups will comprise of UK and international experts in the field, and will reflect on the four age ranges of UK physical activity guidelines (under 5s, children and young people aged 6 to 18, adults aged 19 to 64 and older adults aged 65 plus). A new CMO Expert Working Group for sedentary behavior across the life course and a CMO Expert Guidelines Implementation and Surveillance Working Group will also be formed. Read more below:

guidance

Physical activity and the environment (update): Draft guidance consultation

Last Updated: 9/19/2017

The NICE Physical Activity and the Environment Update Guideline is now out for consultation. The consultation closes on 02 October 2017 at 5pm and the documents can be downloaded from the weblink below:

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2017 European Week of Sport

Last Updated: 9/19/2017

The European Week of Sport takes place between 23rd and 30th September and aims to support and promote the benefits of an active lifestyle. The week is based on a key message to be active, using grassroots initiatives to inspire people to take part in regular activity and create opportunities in people’s everyday lives to be happier and healthier through physical activity. Three themed days will take place: • Saturday 23rd: Outdoors - A focus on the benefits and use of green space to get active. • Sunday 24th: Sports Clubs - Open days and taster sessions to increase participation at local clubs. • Monday 25th - Mindful: A focus on the benefits of physical activity on mental wellbeing. To be part of the week you can register your event and use the promotional material supplied to help promote your event. Read more

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New World Health Organisation Centre for Physical Activity and Health

Last Updated: 7/17/2017

The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated the University of Zurich as the new WHO Collaborating centre for Physical Activity and Health. They will support the implementation of the Physical Activity strategy for the WHO European Region 2016-2025. Over the next four years, the centre will seek to promote physical activity beyond the traditional provision of information, placing an emphasis on reaching people through supportive living environments. This includes doctors and health professionals, urban and traffic planning to support the everyday promotion of physical activity.

clinical practice guidelines

NICE Guideline on Physical Activity and the environment (Update)

Last Updated: 7/13/2017

The economic plan, review protocols and search strategies for this NICE guideline have now been published on the project documents web page which can be accessed below. This information is published for transparency, and to enable stakeholders to prepare for consultation on the draft guideline. The consultation on the draft guideline and its supporting evidence is due to start on 21/08/2017.

advice service

UK Chief Medical Officers issue advice for health professionals on physcial exercise during pregnancy

Last Updated: 6/29/2017

The UK’s Chief Medical officers (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) have jointly released new advice on physical activity for expectant mothers— believed to be the first of its kind in the world. The new recommendations aim to reduce issues such as obesity, diabetes and other health concerns during pregnancy. The latest evidence suggests pregnant women should carry out around 150 minutes of ‘moderate intensity’ activity every week. This is described as ‘activity that makes you breathe faster’ while still being able to hold a conversation. This new advice is being issued in the form of an infographic, aimed at providing midwives, nurses, GPs, obstetricians, gynaecologists, as well as the leisure sector, with the latest evidence on physical activity during pregnancy. Women who have not been active before pregnancy are recommended to follow a gradual progression of exercise—beginning with 10 minute bouts of moderate intensity exercise, gradually building up to 150 minutes. The activity should be spread throughout the week, and it is important to remember that ‘every activity counts’. The new advice was constructed by the CMO Expert Committee for Physical Activity and Pregnancy, which included midwives, obstetricians, exercise physiologist, GPs, Public Health Consultants, Sports Medicine, exercise professionals, nursing and research scientists. The project was led by Professor Marian Knight and Dr Charlie Foster from the University of Oxford. The aim was to produce evidence-based messaging for health professionals to use with the public. The infographic was developed and tested with panels of health professionals and pregnant women before consultation with more than 250 UK based doctors and midwives. Health professionals are encouraged to use this infographic to discuss the benefits of physical activity with all pregnant women, to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle, with approximately 1 in 20 women being recorded as obese during pregnancy. The key points are: - Pregnant women who are already active should be encouraged to maintain their physical activity levels. - Women may need to adapt their activity throughout their pregnancy. For example, replacing contact sports with a non-contact sport or an appropriate exercise class. - Importantly, the evidence supporting this infographic found no evidence of harm for maternal or infant resulting from moderate intensity physical activity. - Those who were not active before their pregnancy are advised to avoid intense exercise, such as running, jogging, racquet sports, and strenuous strength training. But some activities can be adapted. - The final safety message is a common sense ‘don’t bump the bump’, referring to all activities which place pregnant women at an increased risk of injury through physical contact. - The study recommends pregnant women avoid activities where there is an increased risk of falling, trauma or high impact injuries. These include skiing, water skiing, surfing, off-road cycling, gymnastics, horse riding and contact sports such as ice hockey, boxing, football or basketball. They are also discouraged from exercise that requires lying flat on their back after the first trimester. - If you experience breathlessness before or following minimal exertion, headaches, dizziness, chest pain, muscle weakness affecting balance and calf pain or swelling, seek medical advice. Women may also be advised to reduce/stop physical activity following pregnancy complications such as vaginal bleeding, regular painful contractions or amniotic fluid leakage.

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Development of a draft global action plan to promote physcial activity

Last Updated: 5/19/2017

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has published plans for the development of a Global Action Plan on Physical Activity to be presented to the World Health Assembly in May 2018. An overview of the process for developing the global action plan is below. • May 2017 - A zero draft of the global action plan to include the proposed vision, strategic objectives and set of actions/interventions for all relevant stakeholders. • June 2017 - A technical advisory group will convene to review the zero draft and the output will be a first draft of the plan. • July-September 2017 - An open, web-based consultation on the first draft of the plan and, where feasible, regional consultations with member states. The contributions will be used to develop a second draft. • September 2017 - A consultation with the United Nations agencies in Geneva on the second draft and the contributions will be used to develop a third draft. • October 2017 - Submission of the third draft to the WHO Department of Government Bodies for processing and translation, in time for consideration by the WHO Executive Board in January 2018 • March 2018 - Member state will consider the draft global action plan • March 2018 - Submission of the final draft to the WHO Department of Governing Bodies • May 2018 - Member bodies to consider the final draft. More information can be found on the World Health Organisation website:

guidance

The Heart of an Active Nation

Last Updated: 4/11/2017

The Sport and Recreation Alliance has released its new strategy for 2017-2021 called The Heart of an Active Nation to create a vibrant sport and recreation sector which is fit for the future. The strategy outlines its ambition to create a vibrant sport and recreation sector reflecting the changing demographics, environments, resources and technologies that are happening. The vision of the strategy is an active nation through sport and recreation. It describes a world that the alliance wants to see, because of the important role of sport and recreation on physical and mental wellbeing, the economy and the development of society. The strategy sets out four objectives which will be the main focus of work and receive the majority of resources: Demonstrate the economic and social value of sport and recreation. Make sport and recreation volunteering more representative and more accessible. Work together with the sector to improve the availability, accessibility and quality of sport and recreation for children and young people. Make our members and us fit for the future. The full strategy can be downloaded below:

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Keep active to beat the ‘January Blues’

Last Updated: 2/17/2017

The Tesco National Charity Partnership is calling on people to be active to beat the January Blues by using its online motivational tool to get active. The partnership commissioned a survey which found: •eighty-two percent of UK adults report feeling down in January, with many attributing these feelings to dark nights, lack of money and cold weather •three in ten say going for a walk or a jog helps improve their mood, but only 14 per cent actually do it •nearly two-thirds of respondents (64 per cent) said they would like to find more time to exercise •nine in ten people agree that being active can help to reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes and heart and circulatory disease, but almost half (46 per cent) admit they lacked motivation. •adults reported spending an average of 88 minutes a week on moderate exercise such as walking or cycling. The National Charity Partnership’s online goal setter allows people to set and monitor their health-related targets and encourages them to keep going and achieve their goals.

research

Weekend warriors’ still get important health benefits

Last Updated: 2/17/2017

New research from Loughborough University, University of Leicester and University College London, has found that people who cram all of their weekly exercise into one or two sessions, eg, at the weekend have a reduced risk of death from any cause of cardiovascular disease. The study included data from 63,591 participants, which was taken from the Health Survey for England and the Scottish Health Survey between 1994 and 2012. Participants' activity levels were classified as inactive, sufficiently active, weekend warriors or regularly active. Researchers examined the association between their physical activity patterns and the risk of death, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Compared with the inactive group, all groups saw a reduction in risk of death and cardiovascular disease. The researchers conclude that: “Weekend warrior and other leisure time physical activity patterns characterised by one or two sessions per week may be sufficient to reduce all-case, cardiovascular and cancer mortality risks regardless of adherence to prevailing physical activity guidelines”. The full journal article can be accessed below:

events

World Day for Physical Activity on Wednesday 6th April

Last Updated: 2/15/2017

World Day for Physical Activity will take place on Wednesday 6 April 2016. “Active Child; Healthy Adult” is this year's central theme. Celebrate by organising an event and/or activity that encourages individuals and various community groups to be active. Register your event on the website to contribute to the log of activities taking place across the world. These events can be publicised by downloading promotional posters from the World Physical Activity Day website.

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Interactive body map: physical inactivity and the risk to your health

Last Updated: 1/10/2017

A new interactive body map brings together scientific evidence on the links between a lack of physical activity and risk of disease. The map allows users to click on coloured dots around the human body to reveal the risk posed by inactivity. For example, clicking on the lungs reveals that there is a 35% higher risk of getting lung cancer if you are physically inactive. You can also filter by disease or condition type. The full interactive map can be downloaded below:

research

Children's activity across the globe

Last Updated: 11/23/2016

Report cards on the physical activity of children and youth across the world have been released revealing how countries compare in getting their youth active. Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance was responsible for organising the cards which graded countries on nine common indicators, overall physical activity, organised sport participation, active play, active transportation, sedentary behavior, family and peers, school community and the built environment and government strategies and investment. The cards reflect standardised grading across countries ranging from A= excellent to F = failing. In the UK, the grades given for overall physical activity are: England D Scotland F Wales D There is no data available for Northern Ireland.

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Sport and Mental Health - Young People

Last Updated: 11/23/2016

Sport and organised exercise should be used to promote better mental health for young people (aged 14-25 years) is the conclusion of a new report published by StreetGames and the Association for Young People’s Health. Young people are most commonly affected by anxiety and depression, eating disorders, conduct disorder, substance use disorder, ADHD and autism. However, this new review shows that the benefits of sport for mental health include preventing problems from arising and promoting positive youth development to treat mental health problems once they exist. The new literature review examines the connection between young people’s mental health and sport participation focusing on the prevention and treatment of mental health problems. Its aim was to find out which components of sport seem to be linked to good outcomes, and what is known about the potential mechanisms.

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World Walking

Last Updated: 11/23/2016

World Walking celebrated its third birthday in October 2016. Developed simply to motivate people to walk more, World Walking now has over 15,000 active users of all ages in over 50 countries around the world. This free and easy online system can be used by individuals and groups, anytime, anywhere. and can be used in conjunction with Fitbit and Jawbone activity trackers as well as the Apple Health Kit. Getting started is simple. Just join the website, or download the app on your smartphone, choose your virtual walk... and go!

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Prof Chris Oliver awarded the Sir Alexander Morison medal

Last Updated: 10/25/2016

Prof Chris Oliver awarded the Sir Alexander Morison medal

research

Living Streets research highlights benefits of walking

Last Updated: 5/23/2016

To coincide with National Walking Month Living Streets have published research relating to the benefits of walking.

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This Girl Can - One Year On

Last Updated: 2/3/2016

2.8 million women aged 14-40 who recognised the This Girl Can campaign have done some or more activity as a result according to independent research.

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