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Pledge to increase physical activity in Scotland

25 June, 2012
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The Allied Health Professions (AHP) Directors Group (ADSG), have been working with Dr Andrew Murray, Scottish Government Health Directorate’s (SGHD) Physical Activity Champion, to produce a formal ‘call to action’ and pledge to support a radical programme of intervention within all Health Boards in Scotland.

Formally launched at the NHS Scotland event at the SECC in Glasgow, the pledge states that during 2012, collectively and individually: ADSG and each constituent AHP Director pledges to work with the SGHD Physical Activity Champion, AHP National Leads and other key stakeholders to:

  • Embed within our own services an agreed form of questioning and brief intervention to improve the level of physical activity for all patients, every time.
  • Establish within each Health Board locality a minimum of one intervention plan in partnership with local authority leisure services and exercise co-ordinators to promote physical activity as normal community based activity for all.
  • Explore the potential to co-ordinate a national initiative involving NHS staff – this would take the form of a ‘corporate challenge’ for individuals and teams to increase their physical activity over a set period of time. Progress could be logged via the web and overseen by NHS 24. There could be the opportunity to link this to evidence of wider engagement with patients/community groups etc and increased knowledge and awareness. An engaging, bottom up approach.
  • Explore how we can capitilise on the opportunities afforded by the forthcoming Commonwealth Games through existing and new relationships and links to realise a lasting legacy.
  • Produce a short and punchy ‘evidence note’ that summarises the most compelling evidence for the value of physical exercise for widespread use.
  • Use developing social media opportunities to widely promote this Pledge.
  • Ensure that this ‘pledge’ is prominent within the AHP National Delivery Plan.

“It is not obesity per se which is the major challenge but the associated long term conditions (LTC's) - in Scotland we have measured our direct spending which was circa £3 billion, of which 98% was attributable to the associated LTCs,” explained Katherine Sutton, AHP Associate Director for NHS Highland.

The pledge is viewed as a declaration of the commitment to support the significant efforts already being made by the Scottish Government to address this issue.

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