One in ten Brits admit to doing no physical activity in the last ten years

February 8, 2016

Source: British Heart Foundation

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Date of publication: January 2016

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell:

Over three quarters of Brits are unaware of the recommended minimum amount of physical activity needed every week and are not keen to get active. Our Physical Activity Specialist Lisa Young, comments: “I’m not surprised to learn just how little awareness there is around the recommended minimum amount of exercise people should aim for every week. However, it is very concerning that over one in ten Brits have not been physically active for over ten years and over a third simply blame it on their own laziness! “Physical activity is essential for your heart health and should not be ignored. Not only can keeping fit help reduce your risk of heart disease, it can help you control your weight, reduce blood pressure/cholesterol and improve your mental health.”

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: British Heart Foundation

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Fitness predicts long-term survival after a cardiovascular event

January 5, 2016

Source: BMJ Open

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Date of publication: 2015

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell:  The objective of this study was to identify the role of fitness, fitness change, body mass index and other factors in predicting long-term (>5 years) survival in patients with coronary heart disease. Prior fitness and fitness improvement are strong predictors of long-term survival in patients who have experienced a cardiac event or procedure. Some secondary prevention medications make a significant contribution to reducing all-cause mortality and cardiovascular mortality in these patients. This study supports public health messages promoting fitness for life.

Length of publication: 11 pages

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Acknowledgement:  BMJ Open


Test fitness at primary school

July 12, 2015

Source: BBC Health News

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Date of publication: June 2015

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell:  Children should be tested for fitness, as well as maths and English, to reduce inactivity, say health campaigners. Campaign group ukactive says the UK faces a “ticking time bomb” of health problems due to lack of exercise. Its report says only half of seven-year-olds in England are active for an hour a day, and says more activity should take place in the classroom. “We should focus on the health of our hearts, not just the size of our waists,” say the authors.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: BBC Health News


Obesity and fitness: The relation between obesity, cardiorespiratory fitness and mortality

December 11, 2014

Source: Public Health England

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Date of publication: December 2014

Publication type: Briefing paper

In a nutshell: This paper presents recent review-level evidence behind the relation between obesity, cardiovascular fitness and mortality, and briefly explores the main public health implications.

Length of publication: 10 pages

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Acknowledgement: UK Health Forum


Physical activity patterns – children in England

April 7, 2011

Source: British Heart Foundation National Centre (BHFNC) – Physical activity and health

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Date of publication: 21 March 2011

Publication type: Report; Statistics

In a nutshell: This publication pulls together the latest facts and statistics from sources such as the Health Survey for England and the National Travel Survey. Covers physical activity levels generally and during the school day, travel to school, PE and sport, as well as sedentary behaviour.

Length of publication: 5 pages

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Acknowledgement: Nations Heart Forum eNews Briefing 23.3.2011


Sharing practice: raising the profile of physical activity within primary care

March 9, 2011

Source: British Heart Foundation National Centre physical activity and health

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Date of publication: February 2011

Publication type: Case studies

In a nutshell: This booklet emerged from the BHFNC’s 10th Annual Conference: ‘The cure for all ills is not to sit still’. Includes a selection of physical activity projects and case studies. Engagement with GP commissioning consortia will be important in order to keep physical activity firmly part of the primary care prevention and treatment agenda.

Length of publication: 1 web page plus associated document

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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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