Talking about physical activity
Build physical activity into health conversations.
Find tools and tips to help you get patients moving more.
Research by 15 major health charities revealed that one in four people would be more active if advised by a GP or nurse. This makes health professionals ideal advocates for physical activity. Yet three quarters of GPs feel they lack the knowledge, skills or confidence to speak about physical activity.
We need your help to get people moving more. So we created this toolkit to help you master physical activity guidelines and have healthy conversations with patients and staff.
When Doreen was diagnosed with a lung condition she was told it was time to leave her active lifestyle behind. Her GP refused to give up on her and referred her to her local specialist unit and Be Active, Breathe Easy group. Together with the group leader, she was able to work step by step to regain her freedom. She went from simply standing up out of her wheelchair to taking steps without wearing oxygen. Her and her GP’s determination, along with the help and support of the group leader, have allowed her to gain some normality back into her life. Now she frequently goes for bike rides and walks, loves spending afternoons gardening and has even tried her hand at Tai Chi.
You can read Doreen’s full story in her blog “Rediscovering my adventurous side by being active with a lung condition”.