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Friday
Sep162016

BeneFIT from Activity- great new website for patients on physical activity

Benefit from Activity 

http://www.benefitfromactivity.org.uk/


Phys­i­cal inactiv­ity is the fourth biggest killer in the world. As little as 15 min­utes of reg­u­lar daily exer­cise is enough to make you live longer and have a better quality of life. 

Benefit from Activity, a new website designed to help people improve their health by being more active, will be launched on 19th September 2016. 

Unlike other sites with similar aims this website uses facts from published medical research to demonstrate just how activity can help prevent and improve a surprisingly wide range of health conditions. 

The content of the website has been adapted from work carried by Dr Brian Johnson for the Motivate 2 Move website which provides GPs and other health professionals with access to evidence which demonstrates the value of exercise. All of the examples are based on sound medical research, and the original version is endorsed by the Royal College of General Practitioners of Wales (RCGPWales) and British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine (BASEM).

Visitors to the website can search for many conditions including cancer, arthritis, high blood pressure and dementia and get easy-to-understand advice on how being active can improve and even prevent these conditions. 

Walk Unlimited, the people behind the website, recognise that for many people starting to get active can be hard work. 

Managing Director, Anne Clark, says: 

“We wanted to find a way to get the message across to people that they can do something about their health; they can do something that will make a difference, even if they have been diagnosed with a health condition. People can feel powerless when they are diagnosed with an illness – they don’t know what to do, by creating Benefit from Activity we are providing the information they need to take control of their health. Our aim was to provide enough information to motivate people to be more active. Even doing something as small as a short walk each day, we can be healthier and live longer.

We know it can be hard to get started, so we found real-life case studies to help people see that someone just like them has managed it. We’re not talking about getting people running or going to the gym here, we’re looking at activity that everyone can take up such as walking or even just being aware of how much you are sitting done, it all helps.”  

The website addresses some of the key facts that we all should be aware of in regard to physical activity. Not being active is more likely to shorten your life than high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes or smoking. The people behind the website believe that if more people knew these facts they would be motivated to get more active. 

Dr Johnson says “Being active enriches our lives in so many ways, through social enjoyment, feelings of well-being and benefits to our physical and mental health. There is a very strong proven relationship between activity and our health status and physical activity is considered to be as powerful as many drugs. By improving our activity, we improve our health and can reduce our risk of hospital admission and visits to our GP. It can be difficult to motivate yourself to become more active but with understanding of the many benefits this may help the individual to take control of their health “ 

The website is designed to be accessible to everyone, it deliberately avoids using too much medical jargon or complicated statistics. It provides advice and helpful links to other resources, and of course is free to access. 

Background information

The website is based on the work of GP, Dr Brian Johnson, creator and principal author of the Motivate 2 Move health professional website.

Contact: Brian.Johnson@nhs.wales.uk 

Benefit from Activity has been created by Walk Unlimited (www.walk.co.uk), a social enterprise dedicated to encouraging people to walk more. Contact details are:

Anne Clark, Managing Director, anne.clark@walk.co.uk  07779 582446 

The website is supported by Sports Art, one of the most creative manufacturers of premium quality fitness, medical, performance and residential equipment.

http://gosportsart.com/uk/about/

 

 

Wednesday
Sep142016

Masterclass in Quality Improvement: Promoting Physical Activity in Deconditioned Patients

The University of Nottingham

School of Health Sciences

 

 

Masterclass in Quality Improvement: Promoting Physical Activity in Deconditioned Patients

50 places fully funded by Health Education working in the East Midlands

An exciting opportunity to provide healthcare professionals, managers and clinicians the opportunity to develop or facilitate greater expertise in designing protocols and leadership strategies for quality improvement projects aimed at promoting physical activity in deconditioned patients with a strong emphasis on application in practice.

Location: Clinical Sciences Building, Nottingham City Hospital Campus

Date: Friday 7 and Saturday 8 October 2016, 9am – 4:30pm

Cost: 50 places fully funded through Health Education working in the East Midlands

Places are limited, and early registration is advised. Please register your attendance herehttps://nottingham.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/masterclass-in-quality-improvement-2

Who will benefit from attending:
Healthcare professionals, managers and clinicians

Outline:
The masterclass will run over two days.

The programme will consider:

  • Clinical theory
  • State of the art review of evidence regarding exercise and physical activity in deconditioned patient populations (acute and chronic)
  • Global overview of physical activity promotion
  • Organising and networking for improvement
  • Reflective practice

The speakers on the day will include:

  • Dr Fiona Moffatt, The University of Nottingham
  • Mrs Eleanor Douglas, The University of Nottingham
  • Amanda Thomas, The Royal London Hospital
  • Theresa Harvey-Dunstan, Leicester University Hospitals
  • Ann Gates, ExerciseWorks

Further information

If you have any enquiries, please contact:

Lesley Dingley
t: +44 (0)115 823 0811
e: lesley.dingley@nottingham.ac.uk

 
Wednesday
Aug032016

Why "fitness" matters- a personal story on surgery and health.

I have always exercised. It's a life saver.

As a teenager I was sporty, loved science and mathematics: and I have to confess that I am still a geek in all these subjects. I remained physically active, qualified as a Pharmacist, and life was good!

Exercise and sport were a regular part of my life. I didn't fit exercise in, I enjoyed exercise as part of my daily life.

I didn't know any different. Keeping fit and healthy was fun, and still is. Little did I know it would be my life saver, twice.

My nemesis in life is requiring surgery. Physically, I have always believed how invincible I am to have stayed fit and healthy and avoided ill health and disease. Except when I need surgery, as an emergency or electively.

My first brush with death was when I required an emergency operation when I was 26 years old. I was a young clinical pharmacist and was healthy. But then I needed an emergency operation for a life threatening illness. I was very, very ill. A lovely nurse watched over me that night and in the morning after the operation the lovely old lady in the bed opposite told me how worried the staff had been about me and how she had not dare sleep either in case I took a turn for the worse....

Six months later, this lovely elderly lady became one of my patients in the hospice and oncology wards where I worked. I felt honoured to have returned the favour by watching over her medicines and her pharmaceutical care during this time.

Everyone agreed that I had had a lucky escape. (I lost 2 litres of blood during the operation). The surgeons' were very pleased they had saved my life ( I was a pharmacist who had worked with them at the hospital). I was very much delighted too!

But, now, in hindsight, I realise that I had helped them. I had been fit. Fit enough to survive an emergency. Fit enough to survive an operation 

...Life went on. I quickly bounced back.

Then one day, decades later, I was visiting the Department of Health in London. I had rushed down a tuna sandwich for lunch and felt quite sick and unwell. Dodgy sandwich I assumed! But then I started to get severe right sided pain. I called in sick to work and didn't get out of bed for four days I felt so ill. On the fifth day I was admitted to hospital, with a query of appendicitis.

The surgical team agreed with the diagnosis but thought they would wait and see. By day 6 (since the start of my symptoms) I was very ill again. I was operated on as an emergency and they found that I had had a burst appendix that had caused a peritonitis and that I had to have part of my bowel removed also as the infection had damaged a large area. I felt really ill..... but I survived, thanks to the skills of a great surgical team. But I was also fit, or so I thought: in hindsight it took well over a year for me to recuperate from this surgical episode.....

Thankfully, I have had no other emergency surgeries but have required elective surgeries since- and everyone has been impressed by the speed in which I recovered and was rehabilitated.

So my personal message to myself that motivates me is this: always stay fit, you never know when you might need to help the NHS save your life!

As an aside, I can no longer face eating anything that contains tinned tuna....

For more informtion on the benefits of exercise, fitness and surgery see the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh links.

Personal blog by Ann Gates CEO Exercise Works.