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Physical Activity & Health

Regular Exercise is one of the most important things you can do for your health.

Sport England's Active People 4 survey  (2010), show 25.5 per cent of the adult population in Cumbria are doing their 3 x 30 minutes of moderate intensity sport of physical activity.  Cumbria is 3.7 per cent ahead of the national average and 3.1 per cent more than the north west average!

The Benefits of Physical Activity

The every life stage it is important that we build physical activity into our daily routines - the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) recommends that adults should aim to achieve at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity on five or more days per week

Nutritionist Resource is a site that aims to provide the UK with a huge nutrition support network, enabling those in need to find a nutritionist close to them and appropriate for their needs. This is a free, confidential service that will provide those seeking support with all the information they need.

NICE has published its guidance on 'Physical Activity: brief advice for adults in primary care' >>more

Physical Inactivity and the effects on our nation

Physical inactivity in the UK is a contributor to around 17% of premature deaths.  The decline in regular physical activity in the last 50 years is well documented, although it is only in the last 5-10 years that we have had adequate data to describe the problem. This decline appears to be evident in most, if not all, areas of people’s lives. The importance of physical activity in preventing more than 20 chronic conditions is highlighted by WHO guidance13. 4.43 Physical activity has positive impacts throughout an individual’s life.  It takes many forms, from childhood play and school sport, through everyday walking and cycling, to exercise, dance, sport and fitness activities for fun as well as through structured health interventions.  (World Health Organization (2010) Global Recommendations on Physical Activity for Health.)

 Ideas for Local Action: Does your planning department take into consideration how the design of the local area can help to keep people active Active travel is another great way of increasing physical activity and reducing air pollution- take a look at some great school-based case studies from Sustrans.

Living Well for Longer 2014

The government has launched ‘Moving More, Living More’ to encourage greater cross- sectoral and cross-departmental action, including organisations and people across the country to commit to the changes that will deliver a more active nation as part of the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic Games.  In partnership with local government and key national strategic partners such as Sport England, UKActive, Sustrans, Walking for Health and the National Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine, PHE will: Launch a national physical activity framework to support implementation of evidence based interventions to promote physical activity at a local level. Work with key stakeholders to promote structured physical activity interventions with measurable outputs for health and social care, including people with mental health problems. Work to understand better the barriers to physical activity for specific groups within the population, to help us to reduce inequalities in physical activity across England.


Change4Life website provides loads of tips and help to make changes for a healthier future?



University of Cumbria’s MSc Exercise and Health
This dynamic and innovative program is ideal for students and practitioners who aim to be at the forefront of protecting health and preventing disease >>more