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Public Health England publication 'Everybody active, every day' is an evidence-based approach to physical activity (October 2014)
PHE wants to drive a step change in the public's health. They recently identified seven priorities for the next ten years to tackle the behaviour that increases the risk of poor mental and physical health. Tackling physical inactivity is critical to delivering many of those priorities (eg, dementia, obesity and giving every child the best start in life).
A Meta-Analysis of Pedometer-Based Walking Interventions and Weight Loss (2008)
This meta-analysis examines the effects of pedometer-based walking interventions on weight loss. Included in the analysis are studies of walking programs without dietary intervention that used pedometers as motivational tools and that were conducted among overweight or obese, sedentary adults.
Using Pedometers to Increase Physical Activity and Improve Health. A Systematic Review (2007)
The primary purpose of this study is to evaluate the association between pedometer use and physical activity among adults in the outpatient setting. Additionally, it seeks to determine the association between pedometer use and changes in body weight, serum lipid levels, fasting serum glucose and insulin, and blood pressure. Finally, it seeks to evaluate the association between setting a daily step goal and improvements in health outcomes.
Public Health England - Guide to online tools for valuing physical activity, sport and obesity programmes (October 2014)
There are a number of online tools published that help the user to perform calculations to make the case for investment in the promotion of physical activity and/or the prevention of obesity. This guide summarises the available online tools and provides advice on which tool to use in which situation. The briefing will be useful to local authority practitioners wishing to make an assessment of health benefits in order to guide planning and investment decisions. This is likely to include health and social care professionals; sport and physical activity providers and planners; and transport professionals.
British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity - 'Top tips for engaging primary care professionals in the promotion of physical activity' (February 2011)
The coalition government's plans place GPs at the heart of clinical commissioning and these proposals undoubtedly present new opportunities and challenges for physical activity. Engaging with GP commissioning consortia and frontline clinicians will be crucial to ensure physical activity remains on the primary care prevention and treatment agenda. The BHFNC has published the above leaflet which pulls together the tips that emerged from the BHFNC 10th Annual Conference for engaging primary care professionals with the physical activity agenda.
The American College of Sports Medicine and the American Diabetes Association have issued the joint position statement (July 2010) 'Exercise and Type 2 Diabetes'
This position stand discusses the benefits of physical training, along with recommendations for varying activities, physical activity-associated blood glucose management, diabetes prevention, gestational diabetes, and safe and effective practices for physical activity with diabetes-related complications.
British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity fact sheet (November 2009) - 'Physical activity and health'
This fact sheet provides the latest evidence on how physical activity can help to prevent a range of medical conditions including cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, some cancers, hypertension and osteoporosis. It can be used to make the case and secure funding for physical activity intervention or for professionals to increase and update their knowledge.
British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity summary (February 2010) of the latest Health Survey for England (HSE)
This document summarises the key findings from the 2008 Health Survey for England concerning the physical activity levels of adults and children. Based on these findings, Sonia McGeorge, Co-Director of the BHF National Centre for Physical Activity and Health highlights several action points for health professionals.
Local Government Information Unit Report - 'Walk This Way'
In 2009 the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) was commissioned by Natural England to explore the opportunities and barriers to getting more people walking. The resulting report offers practical guidance and support on key components of successful walking initiatives that physical activity and health professionals can use to make the case for investment in walking.
British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity & Health fact sheet (2007) - 'Physical activity, sport and education'
This fact sheet summarises some of the key evidence on regular physical activity, physical education and sport and their value to education.

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