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The Daily Mile to be rolled out beyond schools in Scotland

Last Updated: 9/19/2017

All Scottish schools are being encouraged to take part in the Daily Mille and the Scottish Government is encouraging schools, nurseries, colleges and universities across the country to join in to make Scotland a Daily Mile nation. Currently, around 800 Scottish primary schools take part in the initiative which encourages people to walk, jog or run a mile every day. It is now being rolled out beyond the school sector.

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Step into a healthier workplace this autumn

Last Updated: 9/19/2017

Paths for All have launched their autumn Step Count Challenge, which begins on Monday 30th October. For four weeks, teams of five from workplaces across Scotland will make a change by walking more, tracking and recording their daily step count, and taking part in weekly challenges with the chance to win prizes. Using their own pedometers, mobile apps and fitness trackers, participants enter in teams of 5 and record their steps whilst increasing their activity levels by walking to work, going for a lunchtime stroll, and using the stairs rather than the lift. Everyone taking part records their daily steps on an online user account, where they can also share comments with their team and track the team's progress on a leader board. Paths for All has been running the challenge for five years, and over this time more than eight and a half billion steps, equal to almost four million miles, have been recorded. During this year’s spring challenge, over 963 teams, consisting of 4,663 participants, took part. People who took part in the spring challenge commented that “It was great fun, got me away from my desk every lunch time!” and “It was extremely enjoyable, and was a great initiative that helped bond our team together”. The outcome is the challenge makes a difference to people’s health. The University of Edinburgh carried out research into participants’ physical activity levels before and after the challenge. They found that those taking part walked over one and half hours more and sat for six hours less each week*. You can register now and purchase pedometers for your workplace at:

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Low Carbon Travel and Transport Challenge Fund

Last Updated: 9/19/2017

The launch of a second round of funding under the Low Carbon Travel and Transport (LCTT) Challenge Fund is approaching! The new application round will be launched in October 2017 for projects to be completed by December 2019. A call for expression of interest is now open. An information sheet and EOI forms are now available for download. For more information, please see the LCTT Challenge Fund website below. A series of events will be hosted to provide you with an opportunity to hear more about the key features of the LCTT Challenge Fund and a chance to discuss specific questions. If you wish to take part, please follow the links to register.

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The National Walking and Cycling Network in Scotland helps increase physical activity say nearly 80% of users

Last Updated: 9/8/2017

A new report on Scotland’s National Walking and Cycling Network shows almost four fifths of users believe that the network of paths helps them increase their physical activity. Over half (52%) stated that the existence of Scotland’s National Walking and Cycling Network allowed them to actively travel on foot or by bike rather than taking the car. Read the full story here:

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Cycle to work day - 13th September

Last Updated: 9/5/2017

Join thousands of others cycling to work on 13 September. Whether you're commuting by bike for the first time or you already ride to work on a regular basis, it's time to get ready for joining in the UK's biggest one-day celebration of cycling to work. Pledge your ride below and you'll be entered into a prize draw to win some amazing prizes.

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Digital Mapping for healthier and greener communities

Last Updated: 9/5/2017

Ordnance Survey has released a new map feature to enable people to find greenspaces in Britain. The new layer of maps lets users find different places for leisure and recreation across England, Scotland and Wales. The map will help users discover public parks, playing fields, sports facilities, play areas or allotments. This new resource is Britain’s most comprehensive catalogue of accessible places.

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Active Travel Champion Project

Last Updated: 9/5/2017

Sustrans are currently inviting applications from organisations interested in joining Sustrans Scotland's Active Travel Champion project. If you’re based at a workplace site in Edinburgh or Glasgow with 200 or more employees, Sustrans want to hear from you! Applications are open until 12 noon Tuesday 12th September 2017. For full details of the project offer and application requirements, please see the project Application Pack below:

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Lets change that competition

Last Updated: 8/31/2017

To celebrate the launch of Corra Foundation, Esmee Fairbairn, BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief are running a competition.. There are three categories each with a prize of £1000 each for one-off ideas to support one of the below goals: Place - People coming together to create positive change within their local area. Children & Young People - Children and young people leading change that makes a difference to their lives. Sport -Enabling the use of sport to support positive change. Entry is via a creative video or photograph. More information and all the FAQ's can be found below:

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Interested in helping young women enjoy sports and physical activity?

Last Updated: 8/18/2017

Spirit of 2012 has recently announced it is accepting applications for the Legacy 2014 Sporting Equality Fund This £300K fund is aimed at community groups which are looking to work with girls and young women who are not currently physically active but want to become active. For more information please click on the link to the fund below. The deadline for applications is 15 September 2017.

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Power Inequality

Last Updated: 8/17/2017

A short web-based animation on Power as a health and social justice issue has been developed through a collaboration between Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH) and NHS Health Scotland. This builds on Health Scotland’s work on the theory and evidence relating to power as a fundamental cause of health inequalities and GCPH’s work on community engagement and empowerment. We hope that this animation is useful to people working in the public and third sectors to increase understanding of the importance of power in shaping social and health inequalities and encourage them to consider how they can help support communities to have more power. This is particularly timely as plans to implement the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act are developing. The animation is a tool that can help stimulate further discussion about the opportunities that the Act brings to share power more equally in communities across Scotland. This resource is freely available online and can be accessed through the link below.

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Teaching aids push active lifestyle to mark third Commonwealth Games anniversary

Last Updated: 8/15/2017

Teaching materials to encourage an active lifestyle are to be unveiled to mark the third anniversary of Glasgow's Commonwealth Games. Called the "Thrive tool kit", it will be promoted at six roadshows across Scotland by a group of ambassadors who encourage physical activity. This toolkit will be publicly available and will contain teaching materials and resources to allow as many people as possible to benefit from the learning gained from Legacy 14 projects. The Toolkit can be accessed from the link below:

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New Green Ways to Health Case Study

Last Updated: 7/19/2017

The latest case study from the NHS Greenspace Demonstration Project has been published by the Green Exercise Partnership on developments at New Craigs Hospital Inverness. The full case study can be accessed via the link below:

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Health Walks are helping to reconnect the Highlands

Last Updated: 7/17/2017

Walking for Health project, Step It Up Highland have added two new case studies to their growing series. Both highlight how Health Walks play an important community development role helping people living in rural areas to become more active and socially connected. Case study 11 - Tackling social isolation Mallaig area Walking Group explains how the weekly Health Walk in Mallaig, Morar and Arisaig has brought people together. Rotating each week between the three areas gives everyone an opportunity to visit new locations. Car sharing is popular, along with a visit to a local café at the end of the walk. One 86-year-old walker said, “I am so much more confident now in my ability to walk and have discovered the joy of using walking poles. I would never have done this without the security of a led walk in the company of others.” Read more below:

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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.

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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.

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Nominations for the UK Honours Birthday 2018 List are now open

Last Updated: 7/13/2017

A huge number of individuals, both volunteers and staff, contribute significantly to sport in Scotland. It is important that these individuals can be recognised for the contribution they make to the vibrancy and diversity of sport in Scotland. This is your opportunity to nominate the most worthy individuals within your sport and your community for a UK Honours Award! The Scottish Sports Association (SSA), the independent and collective voice of Scottish Governing Bodies of sport, our members and the Scottish Government are working in partnership to identify and recognise the individuals who make a real and innovative difference to sport in Scotland. We are particularly looking for those who have made a difference to club and community sport, and need your help to identify and nominate these individuals from within your community. Nominations for the UK Honours Birthday 2018 List are now open and close on 7th August. Full details of criteria and processes can be found on the website below:

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Exercise Referral Toolkit Update - Tell us what you think

Last Updated: 7/6/2017

In 2010, the former BHF National Centre for Physical Activity and Health developed and published a toolkit for the design, implementation and evaluation of exercise referral schemes. The Exercise Referral Toolkit consisted of a number of practical guidance documents for professionals involved in the delivery, co-ordination, commissioning and evaluation of exercise referral schemes. As the public health and policy landscape has changed significantly since 2010, SSEHS Active is considering updating the toolkit and exploring the possibility of introducing an Exercise Referral Accreditation Scheme. (SSEHS Active is part of the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University) In order to help them make an informed decision whether or not to update the Exercise Referral Toolkit they are seeking feedback from professionals who have an interest in exercise referral. The first step is to gather feedback about the existing Exercise Referral Toolkit from those professionals who may have used it. In addition they are keen to understand what information would be useful for those professionals delivering, co-ordinating, referring or commissioning Exercise Referral Schemes who are unaware of, or never used the toolkit . They would really value input from you if you are involved with a scheme to help ensure that, if the toolkit is developed and/or an accreditation scheme is introduced, these are relevant and useful tools for current practice. If you would like to help shape how they proceed with this piece of work please click on the link below to complete the short questionnaire. The questionnaire will take around 10 minutes to complete and will close on Monday 31st July.

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Keep Scotland Beautiful Place Standard Report

Last Updated: 7/3/2017

NHS Health Scotland were involved in a pilot of the Place Standard Tool, with Keep Scotland Beautiful and East Dunbartonshire Community Planning Partnership between June 2016 and February 2017. The pilot has been written up as a report and Keep Scotland Beautiful have published it on their website today, along with a web statement. You can read the report and the web statement below. The project used the Place Standard engagement tool to evaluate the quality of a community, and identify both positive and negative factors about the area. East Dunbartonshire Community Planning Partnership will use the results of the pilot to support improvements in Hillhead and Harestanes. NHS Health Scotland will use the report to refine the tool for future use.

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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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Place Standard Tool wins excellence Award

Last Updated: 6/27/2017

The Place Standard Tool, developed by NHS Health Scotland, the Scottish Government and Architecture Design Scotland, has won the Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) award for excellence in planning for wellbeing. It is important that the places and spaces in which we live and work are designed to promote good health and reduce health inequalities. The people who live in a community are best placed to design the spaces and places in a way that will make this happen. That is why we developed the Place Standard Tool.  It can help structure the necessary conversations between planners and communities. 

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