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Monday July 4 2016 and #PEPA16 is now LIVE!

Via @smizzYou can still register here.

Week ONE link for signed in particiants here.


#PEPA16 WEEK ONE starts 4th July 2016.....so please join us!

Introducing the global #PEPA16 MOOC: Physiotherapy, Exercise and Physical Activity 2016 open, online course.

A completely FREE course for all. All global and local health care professionals All community health workers in low and middle income countries. Anyone interested in making every contact count for physical activity.

Join us, for a 6 week course, starting on Monday 4th July 2016. Register here.

Image via @smizz

This course aims to provide all participants with the: confidence, competencies and capabilities, to offer safe and effective physical activity and exercise advice. It highlights some of the WHO physical activity recommendations together with key points from over 76 NICE guidance statements. The content covers the context, prescription, contraindications, considerations and patient information for key NCDs and other specific conditions, using exercise advice and support.  Over the six weeks the course will cover:

  • Week one - Basic principles of the relation between exercise and health
  • Week two - Global issues surrounding physical activity
  • Week three - Role of physical activity in chronic illness
  • Week four - Role of physical activity in specific conditions
  • Week five - Utilising physical activity in treatment
  • Week six - Quantifying physical activity and the future

The course coordinators for this course are Ann Gates from Exercise Works and Rachael Lowe from Physiopedia. Both Ann and Rachael believe that exercise and physical activity can promote health, prevent chronic disease and illness, reduce the cost of treating chronic disease, help people recover from illness and improve quality of life in those living with long-term conditions. This course could also offer the basic theoretical knowledge before a more advanced practical course tailored to specific needs.

Watch more about the course here:

Blog by Ann Gates CEO Exercose Works


Why I'm a cardiac rehab fan! Guest blog via @houganai

I’m a cardio rehab fan and I’ll always be grateful to those who set up the scheme in my area.

Guest blog via @houganai

We’d all had some form of heart event, and I wasn’t the youngest person there. Neither was I the only woman, there were three of us, and during the eight weeks I attended, two additional women came. It’s often said that women either don’t get invited to, or don’t attend, cardiac rehab. Ladies – you must do this, forget the fact that you don’t look like a gym bunny (the men didn’t have six packs!), the housework needs doing, the grandchildren need you. Your health comes first after a heart event. Become selfish if you have to, it could save your life.

If you aren’t offered cardiac rehab, ask about it. If you’ve never taken part in an exercise class before, you are unlikely to be the only one. We had several men in my class whose coordination was so poor they were embarrassed, but we all got on with it because it was important to our recovery. You work at your own pace, no one is there to impress others, this is about our health. When we started the class, we were able to borrow a step counter, and as well as the classes, were expected to walk each day for a specific number of steps which was increased as our health improved. 

At first that was hard, very tiring, but by the end of the classes I was doing about 7,000 steps each time I went for a walk. Being winter it was cold, sometimes wet, but I tried to go out once a day. One of the benefits of the cardio rehab was seeing my weight begin to slowly drop and stay off due to increasing my exercise levels. Also, I suffer from social anxiety and the exercise has improved my mental health no end. 

Once the sessions came to an end, I had another assessment to see how things had improved, and I was delighted to find I was definitely in a better place than when I’d started. I was even given a graduation certificate, which will be framed!  I am very lucky to have been able to go onto Phase IV cardio rehab which isn’t always available due to costs. It’s interesting that only one other woman is attending from my original class, which had four in total. There may be valid reasons for this, work, commitments, but from conversations I had, it sounded like they couldn’t wait to finish. 

I want to continue because I know it’s made all the difference to my recovery and I want to stay as healthy as I can. My weight loss is slow and steady, my fitness levels are much better and I feel I can sustain this long term. 

Blog moderated by Ann Gates, CEO Exercise Works.

To find out more about coronary heart disease and recovery in the UK check out the links here.