Doctors (FINALLY) Urged To Prescribe Exercise

Hey there,

A bit of good news coming out of the NHS, which is nice!

Doctors have been urged to prescribe outdoor exercises to patients who are overweight.

A few GPs already do this but it’s been recognised that all GPs need to get on board with this to help tackle the massive obesity crisis.

Where I’m from in Carmarthenshire I work on an excellent referral scheme called NERS.

GPs and other health professionals refer patients they think that will benefit from exercise to us and we get them started on a 16 week exercise programme.

It’s a great scheme and really effective. It just needs to be done on a wider scale to help make a bigger impact.

People who do regular physical activity have:
– up to a 35% lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
– up to a 50% lower risk of type 2 diabetes
– up to a 50% lower risk of colon cancer
– up to a 20% lower risk of breast cancer
– a 30% lower risk of early death
– up to an 83% lower risk of osteoarthritis
– up to a 68% lower risk of hip fracture
– a 30% lower risk of falls (among older adults)
– up to a 30% lower risk of depression
– up to a 30% lower risk of dementia

What pill can do that?

Have a good weekend,

Jamie Stedman

PS Read the full article here if you like:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37274562

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