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Scotland’s Royal Colleges come together to call for inactivity to be treated as seriously as smoking

Fifteen medical organisations in Scotland including physicians, surgeons, psychiatrists, dentists, anaesthetists and GPs have joined forces as the Scottish Academy of Medic Royal Colleges and Faculties to publish a report calling for radical action to improve levels of physical activity.

The report focuses on the contribution that health and social care can make to improving physical activity recommending:

  • questions about physical activity levels be included alongside those about smoking and alcohol in all medical admission to hospital forms.
  • hospitals have clear walking routes and find ways to encourage staff and patients to get fit.
  • GPs give patients as much advice about activity as they currently do about smoking or alcohol.
  • all medical students should be taught about physical activity.

The report has been sent to the Scottish Government, recommending physical inactivity to be given equal priority as smoking, and calling for a range of concrete, specific actions that will lead to lasting change. The Chief Executive and CMO have welcomed the report and will work with the Scottish Academy, and a range of other organisations to deliver change.

The report, ‘The Role of Health and Social Care in Increasing Physical Activity: A Position Statement by the Scottish Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties’ can be accessed here.


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