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Benefits of green space on health

Last Updated: 11/23/2016

Areas with more accessible green space are associated with better mental and physical health, according to a new POSTnote by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST). The POSTnote is a research summary of the physical and mental health benefits of contact with nature. Research into the public health benefits of urban green spaces has focused on three main areas: physical activity, mental health and exposure to nature as a treatment for some conditions. The POSTnote found that there is a link between people’s physical environment and their activity behaviour, with those living closer to a green space being more likely to use it. Those living closest to green areas have also been found to have reduced levels of mortality, obesity and obesity related illness.

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Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) Devlopment Fund

Last Updated: 1/12/2018

Re-opened for applications. Through the fund, grants are available for environmental projects in Scotland that enhance woodlands and green infrastructure, boost active travel and encourage community growing. Funding is available for projects that deliver or lead to woodland creation, management or enhancement, especially for community use; formal or informal food growing projects with a focus on community lead activities or engaging local communities and encouraging the Good Food Nation ethos; feasibility studies for new routes or major sections, and capital works in urban areas for route enhancement and development; and improving or creating functional access routes passing through or leading to the development of green networks, greenspace or countryside and associated green infrastructure. Projects funded are likely to be located in or immediately adjacent to communities in the 15% most deprived datazones (nationally) according to the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation. The application deadline is 5pm, Monday 5th February 2018. Read more here:

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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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Greening the NHS Estate in Scotland

Last Updated: 1/7/2016

In Scotland, the Greening the NHS Estate programme is aiming to influence the mainstreaming of green exercise into health policy and practice.

Outdoors

Ninewells Garden Room

Last Updated: 8/26/2015

The Ninewells greening project has been set up demonstrate how to create a green, health promoting hospital.

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Scottish Natural Heritage approved to lead the Green Infrastructure Strategic Intervention

Last Updated: 6/20/2016

Scottish Natural Heritage has been approved to lead the Green Infrastructure Strategic Intervention

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New Scheme Uses Exercise to Improve Wellbeing

Last Updated: 3/30/2016

People with mental health problems will be encouraged to become more physically active following a near £1 million investment from the Scottish Government.

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Review of Exercise Referral Schemes in Scotland

Last Updated: 4/2/2018

NHS Health Scotland Review of Exercise Referral Schemes

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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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A walk in the park for volunteer award winners

Last Updated: 11/23/2016

Walk in the Park’ Walk Leaders were presented with the ‘Champion Community Award’ at a recent award ceremony. This award acknowledges the community approach of the Walk Leaders who work to improve the life for those who live in and visit the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. The Community Partnership Awards each year celebrates the role of volunteers from communities within the National Park. These awards recognise the amazing work being carried out at grassroots level in communities The Walk in the Park Project’s 33 Walk Leaders, from across the four walking groups in Balloch, Killin, Callander and Aberfoyle were honoured to receive the Champion Community Award, recognising the amazing role the Volunteer Walk Leaders play in the success of the Walk in the Park Project. It is a fantastic achievement and really well deserved.

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Nature Walks for Wellbeing Pilot Launched

Last Updated: 11/17/2017

In partnership with NHS Forth Valley, Scottish Waterways Trust has launched a new pilot programme to offer outdoor nature therapy to adults in Falkirk, along the town’s canals and surrounding greenspace. Nature Walks for Wellbeing, funded by The Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland, is a programme of green exercise, health walks and nature-based therapy activities aimed at helping adults in Falkirk who are living with poor mental health, and may be experiencing exclusion and isolation. The 2 10 week-long pilot programmes aim to improve community health and wellbeing through a vibrant range of activities, including sensory explorations, mindful discovery, natural history learning, and outdoor physical activities such as yoga. Participants, who are referred onto the programme through the Woodlands Resource Centre in Falkirk Community Hospital, will also get to try new experiences and learn new skills. Led by NHS clinical staff and a Community Engagement Officer from Scottish Waterways Trust, Nature Walks for Wellbeing are delivered in 90 minute sessions which enhance mood and self-esteem, and provide a wide range of physical and mental health benefits, along with reducing social isolation. In total, 30 people are set to benefit from the initial pilot programme in Falkirk, and Scottish Waterways Trust is fundraising to continue the project once the pilot programmes have ended. More information can be found here:

Outdoors

SNH launches new Scottish Outdoor Access Code website

Last Updated: 2/13/2015

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) have launched a new website promoting the Scottish outdoors access code.

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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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Moray School Pupils to get Daily Exercise Classes

Last Updated: 4/22/2016

Schools in Moray are starting outdoor keep-fit sessions for up to 20 minutes every day.

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Active Cairngorms

Last Updated: 1/23/2015

Active Cairngorms is a new outdoor access strategy for the Cairngorms National Park. Its aim is for all residents and visitors to use the Park for physical activity once a day.

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Children’s engagement with the outdoors and sports activities

Last Updated: 2/12/2018

This latest release from the Office for National Statistics provides an analysis of the UK Time Use Survey. This looks at the amount of time children spend engaging with the outdoors and sports activities. Key findings • Children aged 8 to 15 years in the UK spent just over an hour (68 minutes) of their leisure time on average per day taking part in an outdoor activity, sports-related activity or travelling on foot or by bicycle. • Children spent three times longer on sports and exercise activities (33 minutes) than entertainment and culture activities (11 minutes). • Boys spent on average 40 minutes per day on sports activities compared with 25 minutes for girls. • The average amount of leisure time children spent in parks, countryside, seaside, beach or coastal locations was 16 minutes per day. • Children reported greater enjoyment ratings when taking part in entertainment and culture activities (6.4 out of 7) and sports and exercise activities (6.3) than for other outdoor activities. Read more here:

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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!

policy and implementation

Cycling taskforce in Scotland

Last Updated: 11/23/2016

Ambitious cycling plans in Scotland are being reinvigorated with the introduction of a new taskforce. Transport Minister Humza Yousaf announced the plans for a taskforce, the main aim of which will be to drive forward ambitious cycling infrastructure such as segregated cycle paths, at the Active Travel Summit last week. The Minister also unveiled details of the latest round of the multi-million pound Community Links PLUS competition which seeks ambitious design projects that restore balance in Scotland’s streets in favour of people walking and cycling. The new taskforce, chaired by Transport Scotland, will begin its work following the publication of the updated Cycling Action Plan for Scotland in December. Key organisations such as COSLA, the Society of Chief Officers of Transportation in Scotland and other delivery partners will be invited to take an active part in the group.

Job Vacancy

Liven-Up (Seated Exercise) Intern Opportunity

Last Updated: 6/8/2016

An exciting opportunity has arisen to work in a supportive environment with a team who are passionate about working with people in north Edinburgh to improve their own health and create a healthy community and environment.

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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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