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The role of physical activity in health

In the United Kingdom, physical inactivity is the fourth greatest cause of ill health. It is responsible for one in six deaths, which is equivalent to smoking. Importantly, up to 40% of long-term conditions could be prevented if everyone met the UK Chief Medical Officer’s physical activity recommendations.

We know that 27% of the general population are classified as ‘inactive’, meaning they do less than 30 minutes of physical activity (such as walking) per week. 33% of children do less than half the recommended physical activity for their age. 

The inactive are at high risk of developing long-term health conditions, a situation that is worsened by the fact that when they develop illness, they generally become even less active.

In children and young people physical activity plays an important role in preventing the onset of mental ill health and improves the mental wellbeing, quality of life and self-esteem of children with long-term conditions. 

 

Training for health professionals

We are building a programme of training linked to aspects of physical activity. See what's on offer for Surrey so far.

Clinical Champions

Find out how you can build knowledge and gain confidence to incorporate advice about physical activity in everyday practice on this Public Health funded course

Moving is Medicine

Evidence based, condition-specific information at your fingertips to help give advice on physical activity at all stages of patients' treatment pathways

Parkrun practices

Along with its work on Active Practices, the RGCP and parkrun UK have a scheme to encourage practices to team up with their local parkrun

Active Hospitals

A toolkit especially designed to help establishments in getting patients more active during and after their stay in hospital

BMJ e-learning

The BMJ has online learning to help professionals understand the importance of physical activity in the treatment of common conditions from cancer to mental health

Giving information to patients

You can refer patients to the Healthy Surrey website for advice and information on activities in Surrey. We also have an activity finder.

Active Surrey Programmes to refer into:

Falls Prevention classes

Family weight management service

Role of Active Surrey

We are the strategic lead for physical activity for the county, focussing on systems, people and place. We work closely with boroughs, districts, public health and many other providers within Surrey Heartlands Integrated Care Partnership. Our work ranges from sitting on committees to provide insight and advice to running commissioned contracts.

Behaviour change, community engagement and insight are pivotal in all the work we do. Please talk to us to help develop your strategies or ideas relating to physical activity..

For further information contact Charlotte Long, Health Manager.