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Infographic. Physical activity benefits for adults and older adults

Over one third of the UK's adult population fail to meet the Chief Medical Officers' (CMOs') recommended physical activity (PA) guidelines for health.1 Knowledge of the CMOs' PA recommendations is low amongst healthcare workers2 despite physical inactivity being the most prevalent risk factor for non-communicable disease, which accounts for 80% of deaths in the UK.3 Without this fundamental knowledge, healthcare workers remain inadequately prepared to deliver effective PA advice.

This infographic is the first in a series of three published by the four UK CMOs (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) to make their PA recommendations simpler both for healthcare workers to use and for the public to understand. The CMOs created an expert PA committee, with a range of clinical, academic and communications expertise, to develop this infographic, which is designed to facilitate effective PA counselling and aid consultation between healthcare workers...

Publisher URL: http://bjsm.bmj.com/cgi/content/short/51/19/1441

DOI: 10.1136/bjsports-2016-096811

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