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This systematic review assesses the effectiveness of interventions designed to promote physical activity in adults aged 16 years and older, not living in an institution. The findings of this review indicate that professional advice and guidance with continued support can encourage people to be more physically active in the short to mid-term, although more research is required. To view this please click here:

This UK-wide CMOs report presents new physical activity guidelines for all four UK home countries, covering early years; children and young people; adults; and older adults. This is the first time UK-wide physical activity guidelines have been produced and will help to ensure consistent messaging across the four countries. This report also represents the first time guidelines have been produced in the UK for early years (under fives) as well as sedentary behaviour, for which there is now evidence that this is an independent risk factor for ill health. To view, please click here:

A UK-wide document that presents guidelines on the volume, duration, frequency and type of physical activity required across the lifecourse to achieve general health benefits. It is aimed at the NHS, local authorities and a range of other organisations designing services to promote physical activity. The document is intended for professionals, practitioners and policymakers concerned with formulating and implementing policies and programmes that utilise the promotion of physical activity, sport, exercise and active travel to achieve health gains. To view, please click here:

This briefing summarises NICE's recommendations for local authorities and partner organisations on walking and cycling. It is relevant to many areas of local authority work,including the development of local plans, core strategies and joint health and wellbeing strategies, including several areas highlighted in the Public Health Outcomes Framework. This can be viewed by clicking here: 

This is a collection of evidence that is supplemental and supportive to the JSNA Chapter: Physical Activity. It brings together all the most relevant intelligence, research and evidence to ensure best practice in decision making.

The commissioning guidance sets out an evidence-based behaviour charter model Let’s Get Moving encouraging local commissioning of physical activity interventions in primary care. This can be accessed by clicking here:

A systematic review that reviews the evidence on the effects of expert-driven computer-tailored education on changes in physical activity and nutrition behaviours. You can access this by clicking here:

A systematic review that evaluates the long-term effectiveness of physical activity interventions aimed at healthy adults and identify effective intervention components. Please be aware this was produced in 2008. It can be accessed by clicking here:

This is Public Health Nice Guidance (PH 17).  The guidance is for all those who have a direct or indirect role in – and responsibility for – promoting physical activity for children and young people. This includes those working in the NHS, education, local authorities and the wider public, private, voluntary and community sectors. It will also be of interest to parents, grandparents and other carers (including professional carers), children and young people and other members of the public. It includes recommendations for schools, but does not make recommendations for the national curriculum. The recommendations relate to all children and young people up to the age of 18, including those with a medical condition or disability (except where clinical assessment or monitoring is required prior to and/or during physical activity). The guidance does not cover specialised services for children and young people with a disability. There is a specific focus on children aged 11 and under and girls aged 11 to 18.

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Increasing physical activity levels will help prevent and manage over 20 conditions and diseases including cancer, coronary heart disease, diabetes and obesity. It can also help to promote mental wellbeing. So it is important that people incorporate regular physical activity into their daily lives.
This pathway includes recommendations for children, young people and adults, including teenage girls and women before, during and after pregnancy.
The recommendations cover policies and strategies to improve the physical environment as a means of encouraging physically active travel and other physical activities. In addition, they advise on action that the NHS and others in the community, workplaces and schools can take to encourage people to be physically active.
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