What can we do with the statements?
We believe this new evidence can be used across the health and sport and physical activity sectors. Help us spread the word by using the statements:
- To start a conversation about physical activity within your organisation and with partners
- To consider what changes you may need to make in light of this new evidence to make it easier for people with health conditions to be active
- And share with your networks of health partners and professionals through your communications channels – consider writing blogs, using newsletters, retweets and social media posts. You can access the social media assets on the Moving Medicine website.
- And become part of a healthcare professional led movement for movement in health settings and actively join in the conversations
- As direct support to health professionals to have evidence-based person-centred conversations to help empower their patients/people to move more on their own terms to benefit their health and happiness.
Reaction to the statements
Dr Jeanelle de Gruchy, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, said that the statement would ease concerns that long-term conditions could be made worse by physical activity.
She said: "The evidence is that physical activity has an important role to play in preventing and treating many conditions and that, for most people with long-term conditions, the benefits outweigh the risks. This expert consensus, supported by the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities, will help healthcare professionals to have informed, personal conversations with their patients living with long-term conditions.”
Tim Hollingsworth, our chief executive, said that breaking down the barriers that make it harder for the 15 million people living with long-term health conditions in England to get active is critical to tackling health inequalities and a key aim of our Uniting the Movement strategy.
He said: “This new consensus statement is a really positive step – it will play a vital role in supporting healthcare professionals to empower their patients to get active in a way that is right for them. In future, our ambition is for this work to be embedded into the sport and physical activity sector too, ensuring a joined-up approach between the different sectors that support people’s health.”
This research provides us with the foundation and evidence for future collaboration across health, sport and physical activity partners, including insurers to review the need for medical clearance and explore and determine what appropriate pre participation screening protocols should look like.
Insights from the recent #EasierToBeActive consultation, led by the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine at Sheffield Hallam, which saw over 600 people, many with lived experience of health conditions, provides further evidence to support the development of these reviews.