Health Professionals

Physical Activity Resources for Health Professionals

It is widely known that physical activity offers significant benefits to our health and the economy. But it is often found that many medical professionals' do not advocate and prescribe physical activity to their patients for a variety of reasons that may include low confidence, lack of ability and being short on time. Therefore, this key message is not being relayed resulting in patients missing out on a vital lifestyle change to improve or maintain their health and wellbeing.

In the UK, physical inactivity is responsible for one in six UK deaths and is estimated to cost the UK £7.4 billion annually (including £0.9 billion to the NHS alone). Here in Suffolk, it is estimated that around 1,850 premature deaths each year are attributable to physical inactivity and the estimated total cost of inactivity is £134m per year.

According to research from Sport England, every £1 spent on community sport and physical activity generates nearly £4 for the English economy and society therefore is also a great investment.

The following resources set out to help healthcare professionals access a wide variety of resources to help increase the advocacy of physical activity amongst the health sector. Whether you're a GP, Nurse, HCP, social care worker or a care navigator, we hope that this page can help point you in the right direction and help you to engage people in physical activity here in Suffolk.