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This Housing LIN Practice Briefing looks at active ageing and the different aspects of the built environment that can promote and sustain it, with examples of good and emerging practice and resources for further information. It is intended for those working in social housing, local government, and the care and support sectors to understand their roles in developing and maintaining a built environment that contributes to active ageing.

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This rapid evidence review aims to identify relevant literature on the physiological, psychological, social, and behavioural outcomes of physical activity participation among children aged 5 to 11 years, and provide an indication of the strength of the evidence for each outcome.

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NICE quality standards describe high-priority areas for quality improvement in a defined care or service area. Each standard consists of a prioritised set of specific, concise and measurable statements. They draw on existing guidance, which provides an underpinning, comprehensive set of recommendations, and are designed to support the measurement of improvement.

This quality standard covers encouraging physical activity in people of all ages who are in contact with the NHS, including staff, patients and carers. It does not cover encouraging physical activity for particular conditions; this is included in condition-specific quality standards where appropriate

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‘Everybody active, every day’ is a national, evidence-based approach to support all sectors to embed physical activity into the fabric of daily life and make it an easy, cost-effective and ‘normal’ choice in every community in England.

PHE has co-produced the framework with over 1,000 national and local leaders in physical activity and is calling for action from providers and commissioners in: health, social care, transportation, planning, education, sport and leisure, culture, the voluntary and community sector, as well as public and private employers.

To make active lifestyles a reality for all, the framework’s 4 areas for action will:

  • change the social ‘norm’ to make physical activity the expectation
  • develop expertise and leadership within professionals and volunteers
  • create environments to support active lives
  • identify and up-scale successful programmes nationwide

This resource can be accessed by clicking here:  http://bit.ly/1sTcEiu

This evidence briefing examines the economic costs of physical inactivity (sedentary behaviour) in relation to:

  • Cardiovascular Disease - CHD & Stroke
  • Cancer - Bowel & Breast Cancer
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Falls

Whilst this report is brief, it provides a snapshot of costs and is a good starting point for any commissioning activity related to above topics

The purpose of this systematic review is to summarize the evidence of the effectiveness of school-based interventions in promoting physical activity and fitness in children and adolescents. The recommendations from this review is that ongoing physical activity promotion in schools should continue. To view click here: http://bit.ly/UYSC53


A systematic review and meta-analysis that assesses the effect of exercise referral schemes in the primary care setting on physical activity and health outcomes. The authors concluded that considerable uncertainty remained about the effectiveness of exercise referral schemes for increasing physical activity and health outcomes, though more research is required. To view please click here: http://bit.ly/W2rO6d

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: http://bit.ly/WwedBz

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:  http://bit.ly/10N6epd

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: http://publications.nice.org.uk/local-government-public-health-briefing-on-walking-and-cycling-phb8 

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