Physical activity and lifestyle

PAL Mission Statement

"Healthier, Happier, More Active"

A three year RCGP Clinical Priority, launched in 2017, aiming to embed physical activity and lifestyle (PAL) in primary care, by focusing on:

Patients - Supporting GPs to assist ALL of their patients to optimise their physical activity and lifestyle behaviours
Active Practices - Inspiring GPs and practice staff to lead by example, transforming their surgeries into beacons of good practice
Local community – Facilitating positive relationships between primary care and physical activity and lifestyle providers locally

The overarching goal of the PAL Clinical Priority team is to sustainably improve the wellbeing of patients and healthcare staff, by empowering everyone to take control of their own health and lifestyle, ultimately reducing the burden on the healthcare system.

Current surveys

We are currently seeking GP opinions on the barriers to providing effective physical activity and lifestyle advice. Please complete our 5 minute survey to help better inform our work.

Resources for GPs

Health Matters: getting every adult active every day. Public Health England’s recommendations and guidance to increase population physical health

Motivate 2 Move. Tools and information for health professionals enable  to educate, motivate and encourage patients about the benefits of physical activity

RCGP obesity resources. Includes the RCGP Introductory Certificate in Obesity, Malnutrition and Health and links to relevant elearning

Physical activity in the treatment of long term conditions BMJ Learning emodule

Motivational interviewing in brief consultations BMJ Learning emodule

One hour training session for healthcare professionals on ‘Understanding Physical Activity and Cancer’ Sign up to attend a live online webinar or watch an online e-resource.

You may have seen our offering alongside MIE FitQuest at the RCGP Conference 2016. See how the GP population measured against the national average in the article here.

Resources for practice waiting rooms

Infographic - Physical activity benefits for adults and older adults

Infographic - Physical activity for children and young people (5-18 years)

Infographic - Physical activity for babies and children (birth-5 years old)

Infographic - What are the health benefits of physical activity?  

23 and 1/2 hours. A Doctor-Professor answers the old question "What is the single best thing we can do for our health" in a completely new way. Created by Dr Mike Evans, this video is ideal for waiting room screens.

Resources for patients

Benefit from activity. This website shows how being active can improve your health and reduce your risk of developing a number of health problems. It’s full of useful advice for everyone, whether you have a medical condition or not.

One You. Tools, support and encouragement to help people improve their health right away

Macmillan physical activity webpages Here individuals can click through to ‘Activities near me’ and use the ‘In Your Area’ tool to search for local activities, which includes physical activity services. ()

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