GPs and nurses get help to assess physical activity

The General Practice Physical Activity Questionnaire (GPPAQ) has been produced as part of a package of measures to help inactive people become fitter.

Caroline Flint
Caroline Flint
The questionnaire will be completed by the patient, and will enable GPs and nurses to identify appropriate physical activity and provide information on opportunities to become more active.

The public health minister, Caroline Flint, hopes that the questionnaire will assist the formation of an NHS physical activity care pathway, which would ensure that patients with most to gain are supported to become more active.

The minister also announced the results of Local Exercise Action Pilots, a £2.5 million initiative to test different ways of helping less active people to do more exercise. The pilots show a cost-effective method of providing exercise programmes for inactive individuals, according to the DoH.

Caroline Flint said: ‘As part of my role to help increase the nation's fitness, I am championing a host of different measures such as Local Exercise Action Pilots and the GPPAQ which make it easier for people to become more physically active.

‘Almost three quarters of adults do not achieve the recommended weekly amounts of physical activity. This is worrying as keeping physically active helps to prevent and manage more than 20 conditions and diseases such as coronary heart disease and cancer so it is vital that we do everything we can to support people to adopt more active lifestyles.’

The GPPAQ can be downloaded from http://www.dh.gsi.gov.uk.

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