Evidence Base: Physical activity for health and wellbeing

Sponsored by MedichecksSponsored by Medichecks and supported by Public Health England

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.

Supported by Public Health England

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.

Wednesday 9th May

Time Session
09:50-10:20 Air pollution v active travel
10:35-11:05 Keeping the UK's top killers in check: Stroke and high blood pressure
11:35-12:05 Keeping the UK's top killers in check: Cancer
12:30-13:10 Exercise and cancer care
13:35-14:15 Pre- and post-surgery: How exercise improves your odds under the knife
14:35-15:05 Monitoring and motivation – can tracking your health improve adherence to lifestyle changes?
15:20-16:00 The benefits of a ‘multi morbidity’ approach - putting the evidence into practice
16:15-16:55 Proving your worth: How to build an evidence base

Thursday 10th May

Time Session
09:50-10:30 Why the menopause needn't be a slippery slope to bad health
10:45-11:25 Exercise & the natural environment – the perfect anti-stress combination
11:55-12:35 Older adults: Strength and balance for falls prevention
13:05-13:45 Pregnancy: Why and how to be active
14:15-14:55 Mental Health: Using exercise to treat depression
15:25-16:05 Mental health: Preventing cognitive decline through activity