Evidence Base: Physical activity for health and wellbeing
Physical activity is fundamental to improving the nation’s health and wellbeing. As sedentary lifestyles become increasingly prevalent, obesity, diabetes, dementia, mental health problems and other conditions associated with inactivity are on the rise, at a cost of £7.4bn year.
With a substantial evidence base around the significance of physical activity for physical and mental health, the importance of bringing activity back into everyday lives cannot be overstated.
We know, for example, that regular moderate-intensity physical activity can reduce the risk of – and even prevent – a number of lifestyle conditions including cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, stroke and musculoskeletal conditions such as arthritis. Physical activity also has a positive effect on mental health and wellbeing, from a simple release of daily stress through to the management and treatment of conditions such as depression and anxiety.
But it isn’t just about disease prevention and treatment. Physical activity also brings numerous benefits for special populations such as pregnant women, menopausal women and older people.
This series of seminars will examine the evidence base behind physical activity and its potential contribution to health and wellbeing throughout an individual’s life.
Who should attend?
Practitioners responsible for the delivery of healthcare and physiotherapy; allied healthcare professionals; Local Authorities; GPs and primary care; secondary care; community services; occupational health; NHS executives; health promotion professionals; health and wellbeing boards; Clinical Commissioning Groups; sports and exercise doctors; nurse practitioners; social care professionals; community groups and third sector organisations.