Experts call for new focus on physical activity

November 7, 2014

Source: BBC News Health

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Date of publication: October 2014

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: The effects of inactivity are linked to heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Many people are failing to meet the recommended level of 150 minutes of moderate activity per week. This report focuses on a community-based competition called ‘Beat the Street’ to challenge inactivity. It is based mainly in primary schools but also encourages participation from GP surgeries, local clubs and businesses. The GP who devised this scheme says that 10% more people meet the recommended level of activity after Beat the Street, and 22% of people who were physically inactive before the scheme have become more active.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Activate Your Heart: Leicester activates heart care

December 11, 2012

Source: Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

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Date of publication: 12November 2012

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: A new cardiac rehabilitation programme has been started by staff and patients of the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust: Activate Your Heart  an online self management programme which can also be accessed via smartphone or tablet device.

Length of publication:  1 web page plus link to website

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NHS Health Checks: presentations and feedback from NHS Health Check National Learning Network event, London, March 2012

April 13, 2012

Source: NHS Health Check 

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Date of publication: March 2012

Publication type: Presentations and associated resources

In a nutshell: A number of useful presentations including: ‘Management of people at high-risk of CVD’ and ‘Embedding the NHS Health Check programme within public health’.

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The “Million Hearts” Initiative – preventing heart attacks and strokes

October 12, 2011

Source: New England Journal of Medicine, 2011, 365 (13) p. e27

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Date of publication: September 2011

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The Million Hearts Initiative has been launched by US government agencies working with a broad range of private sector partners. Their aim is to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years. They plan to do this by implementing effective and inexpensive clinical and community innovations and initiatives. Interventions will involve areas such as aspirin use, cholesterol management, improving nutrition and reducing smoking.

Length of publication: 4 pages

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Investments that work for physical activity

March 9, 2011

Source: British Heart Foundation National Centre physical activity and health

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Date of publication: February 2011

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: Seven evidence-based ‘best investments’ to increase population-wide participation in physical activity; the aim being to significantly reduce the risk from inactivity of various non-communicable diseases, including heart disease.

Length of publication: 1 web page plus associated document

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Acknowledgement: Global Advocacy for Physical Activity (GAPA)


Improving cardiovascular health at population level

February 10, 2011

Source: BMJ 2011; 342:d442 (Online First)

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Date of publication: February 2011

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell: The Cardiovascular Health Awareness Program (CHAP) was implemented as an intervention to reduce morbidity from cardiovascular disease among older adults in 39 communities in Canada. This collaborative, community-based health promotion and prevention programme was found to reduce cardiovascular morbidity at a population level.

Length of publication: 8 pages

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Physical activity on referral in Blackpool

October 6, 2010

Source: NHS Blackpool

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Date of publication: September 2010

Publication type: Press release 

In a nutshell: The ‘Y Active’ physical activity on referral scheme has been launched in Blackpool, funded by NHS Blackpool and run by the YMCA. The scheme intends to offer a wide range of activities and locations, to engage people, especially inactive patients with existing healthcare conditions. The press release includes a link to a specimen referral form.

Length of publication: 1 web page

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