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09-08-2012 | General practice | Article

GPs helped to brush up on exercise

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NHS Scotland Health and Social Care

MedWire News: GPs can update their knowledge on the benefits of exercise and how to get their patients more active with the help of some new e-learning modules.

The modules have been launched by the Scottish Government and NHS Health Scotland (click here), with the aim of helping health staff to tackle the issue of physical activity with patients and then motivate and support them to take more exercise.

They include the topics Introduction to Health Behaviour Change and Raising the Issue of Physical Activity, as well as modules on the tricky areas of child healthy weight and alcohol use.

Gerry McLaughlin, Chief Executive of NHS Health Scotland, commented: "The Olympics and 2014 Commonwealth Games are an ideal opportunity to encourage health staff to discuss physical activity with patients." He urged doctors to "log on and have a go".

The initiative comes after a recent study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, showed that instruction on exercise and health at UK medical schools was sparse or non-existent (click here).

Dr Andrew Murray, GP and Physical Activity Champion for the Scottish Government, said: "It is absolutely essential that people are active and even a moderate amount of activity can prolong your life."

He added: "This latest report from the British Journal of Sports Medicine provides mounting evidence for the need to equip professionals to identify when and how to have a conversation about sensitive issues such as physical activity."

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By Caroline Price