New Consensus Statement
The benefits of physical activity for people living with long term conditions are well established. However, the fear of increasing symptoms or worsening long term problems commonly stops people from moving more. Many healthcare professionals also feel unsure about what advice they should give to people living with symptomatic medical conditions. To help address concerns around risk, this new consensus statement helps to understand what safety advice healthcare professionals should give to people in clinical practice.
Centre for Ageing Better
The Centre for Ageing Better is a charitable foundation, funded by The National Lottery Community Fund. Their vision is a society where everyone enjoys later life. They want to shift negative attitudes to ageing and older age. To help support organisations in challenging ageism, they have produced a practical guide to talking about ageing and older age. They have also produced a free comprehensive age-positive image library to tackle negative stereotypes of later life. The images, which depict older people in non-stereotypical ways, are available for download and free to use.
Easier to be Active
One in three of people in England live with a health condition and they are twice as likely to be amongst the least physically active, yet we know that being active can help to manage conditions and increase quality and length of life.
The Easier To Be Active campaign explores the ways in which we can help people with long-term health conditions lead a more active lifestyle. The research findings have been used to co-create new insight and recommendations for those who provide, design, commission and deliver sport, physical activity and health and care services.
Deconditioning & Falls Prevention
The National Falls Prevention Co-ordination Group (NFPCG) have developed a suite of five resources intended to support individuals, health and care professionals and commissioners to take action to help older adults become more active and recondition following activity restrictions in the COVID-19 pandemic.
Addressing re-conditioning through increasing physical activity participation among those living in our local communities is important for falls prevention.
Let’s Talk About Strength
The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) are working with Sport England and the Centre for Ageing Better to find ways to help your patients become stronger. Maintaining and improving muscle strength is crucial to help people live independently as they age and empower them to manage long-term health conditions. They’ve produced a report giving an overview of the insight and recommendations for strength messaging from people living with long term health conditions aged 39-64
Make Your Move
Make Your Move are a series of free short physical activity videos from the charities behind We Are Undefeatable, created especially for people with long term health conditions. Activities are shown in three different ways – chair based, supported and standing, so you can choose the level that feels right for you and your clients.
Moving Medicine is a comprehensive resource designed to help healthcare professionals integrate physical activity conversations into routine clinical care. It provides detailed conversation guides that cover a range of health conditions, as well as online training resources and toolkits designed to help you change the physical activity culture within your hospital or practice.
To help address concerns around physical activity and risk, read the recently launched consensus statement around the safety advice healthcare professionals should give to people with long term health conditions.
NHS Better Health
The NHS Better Health campaign provides resources to help people kickstart their health, by making small changes to their lifestyle. There are resources to help with losing weight, getting more active and quitting smoking, as well as links to the Every Mind Matters mental health campaign and its resources.