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Raising the bar on strength and balance: The importance of community-based provision

Last Updated: 2/27/2019

The Centre for Ageing Better has produced a best practice guide to delivery of strength and balance programmes and the importance of referral pathways from rehabilitation to community based provision of programmes for effective dose for prevention of falls and frailty

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Public attitudes to reducing overweight and obesity in Scotland

Last Updated: 2/5/2019

An NHS Health Scotland report containing data from ScotCen's Scottish Social Attitudes survey on how overweight and obesity and their consequences are recognised by people in Scotland. It also discusses barriers to maintaining a healthy weight, diet and physical activity. It then goes on to discuss who is responsible for reducing obesity, and what public support there is for this.

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How do we address the low numbers of women travelling actively in the UK?

Last Updated: 3/12/2018

Gender inequality remains a big issue when it comes to active travel in the UK, says Sustrans. The charity has published a new report, ‘Are We Not There Yet?, revealing that women’s journeys around cities are typically shorter than men’s, use different modes of transport and are more likely to involve ‘trip-chaining’ (multi-stop journeys) which tend to be for a balance of child care, work and household responsibilities. While women are motivated to travel actively for physical and mental health reasons, worries about their personal safety, convenience (particularly when taking multi-stop trips) and appearance are all barriers to preventing them from cycling and walking, says the report. It looked at the travel habits and choices of nearly 2,000 women in Glasgow and combined the findings with a literature review of research on women’s travel patterns across Scotland, the UK and Europe. The report also highlighted that few women are involved in creating transport policy and planning in the UK. Currently, transport has the lowest percentage of women in senior posts within the public sector in Scotland, with women representing only 6.25% heads of transport bodies. In addition, the transport sector accounts for only 22% of female workers UK-wide. Read the full report here:

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524 million public transport journeys in Scotland were made in 2016/17

Last Updated: 3/12/2018

National Statistics released by Transport Scotland show that of public transport journeys 75% were made by bus, 18% by rail, 5% by air and 2% by ferry. In addition to public transport journeys the publication also shows that in Scotland: • Car traffic is estimated to have increased by 2% over the year to 35.4 billion vehicle kilometres and pedal cycle traffic is estimated to have increased by 3% to 352 million vehicle kilometres in 2016. • Nine million motor vehicles were licensed by the end of 2016 and 270,000 new vehicle registrations in 2016. Eighty two per cent of all vehicles licensed were cars. • There were 46.4 billion vehicle kilometres travelled on Scotland’s roads in 2016, a 2% increase on the previous year. • There were 393 million passenger journeys by bus in 2016, accounting for 75% of all public transport journeys. • There were 94.2 million passenger journeys on ScotRail services in 2016/17, an increase of 1% since 2015/16. Read more here:

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Public attitudes to reducing overweight and obesity in Scotland

Last Updated: 2/12/2018

This report contains data from ScotCen's Scottish Social Attitudes survey. It looks at how overweight and obesity and their consequences are recognised by people in Scotland. It also discusses barriers to maintaining a healthy weight, diet and physical activity. It then goes on to discuss who is responsible for reducing obesity, and what public support there is for this.

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Best buys for preventing NCDs

Last Updated: 1/12/2018

The World Health Organization has released a list of ‘Best Buys’ and recommended interventions to address non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The best buy for physical activity is considered to be the implementation of community-wide public education and awareness campaigns for physical activity which include mass media campaigns combined with other community-based education, motivational and environmental programmes aimed at supporting behavioural change of physical activity levels. Other cost effective interventions include the provision of physical activity counselling and referral as part of routine primary health care services through the use of brief interventions. The list also contains recommended interventions that have not been subject to a cost analysis. The report contains 88 interventions for: the four key behavioural risk factors for NCDs - tobacco, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity four key disease areas - cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and chronic respiratory disease.

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Obesity Statistics in Scotland

Last Updated: 1/9/2018

A new report by Scotland’s Chief Statistician summarises the latest figures on obesity in Scotland. The purpose of the report is to monitor the progress of the Scottish Government’s Prevention of Obesity Route Map. In 2016, 65% of adults aged 16 and over were overweight, including 29% who were obese. Levels of overweight and obesity increased between 1995 and 2008, but have remained relatively stable since then. Sixty four percent of adults aged 16 and over met the current moderate/vigorous physical activity of at least 150 minutes per week. There has been no significant change to this proportion since 2012. Seventy six percent of children are active for an average of 60 minutes per day (including school-based activity). Trends in physical activity for children have fluctuated over the years but the 2016 figure is the joint highest along with 2014.

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The National Walking and Cycling Network in Scotland helps increase physical activity say nearly 80% of users

Last Updated: 9/8/2017

A new report on Scotland’s National Walking and Cycling Network shows almost four fifths of users believe that the network of paths helps them increase their physical activity. Over half (52%) stated that the existence of Scotland’s National Walking and Cycling Network allowed them to actively travel on foot or by bike rather than taking the car. Read the full story here:

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New findings: Physical activity levels amongst 10 -11 year olds in Scotland

Last Updated: 8/15/2017

The Scottish Government has published a new report ‘Objectively measured physical activity levels of Scottish children: analysis from a sub-sample of 10-11 year-olds in the Growing Up in Scotland study’. This report uses GUS data to explore the physical activity and sedentary levels in Scottish 10-11 year old children. Using two approaches, self-reported and objectively measured physical activity, the analysis examines differences in activity levels by gender and area deprivation.  The report was written by Paul McCrorie and Anne Ellaway from the Social and Public Health Sciences Unit at the University of Glasgow. This work part of a wider academic study exploring the environmental determinants of physical activity in young people that also incorporates GPS data on where young people are most active (SPACES – Studying Physical Activity in Children’s Environments Across Scotland).

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Keep Scotland Beautiful Place Standard Report

Last Updated: 7/3/2017

NHS Health Scotland were involved in a pilot of the Place Standard Tool, with Keep Scotland Beautiful and East Dunbartonshire Community Planning Partnership between June 2016 and February 2017. The pilot has been written up as a report and Keep Scotland Beautiful have published it on their website today, along with a web statement. You can read the report and the web statement below. The project used the Place Standard engagement tool to evaluate the quality of a community, and identify both positive and negative factors about the area. East Dunbartonshire Community Planning Partnership will use the results of the pilot to support improvements in Hillhead and Harestanes. NHS Health Scotland will use the report to refine the tool for future use.

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Realising Realistic Medicine - Scotland's CMO annual report

Last Updated: 4/11/2017

Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer has published her second annual report, Realising Realistic Medicine. Realistic Medicine aims to put the person receiving health and care at the centre of decision-making and creates a personalised approach to their care. It aims to reduce harm, waste and unwarranted variation, while managing risks and innovating to improve. The report also contains a traditional snapshot of the health of the nation. In terms of adults (16 years and over) there has been relatively little change in physical activity levels over the last few years, and there continues to be a difference by gender. Whilst over two-thirds of men meet physical activity guidelines, less than 60% of women do. Additionally, just under one in five men have very low levels of activity, this is closer to one in four women.

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Cycling Tourism worth £345 million to the economy

Last Updated: 3/31/2017

A new report from Sustrans Scotland sets out advice for tourism businesses in Scotland to cater for cycle tourists. Cycling tourism was valued at £345 million in 2015. The report details five adjustments that businesses can make to be more accommodating for cyclists: 1. Local information - provide local knowledge of cycle friendly destinations and trail guides to inspire visitors 2 Bike security - provide a safe place to store bikes for a couple of hours/overnight to ensure cyclists feel comfortable about the security of their bikes 3. Be more flexible - some cyclists may leave early or arrive late to their destination. Serving early breakfasts or late dinners will be appreciated and remembered by visitors. 4 Bike maintenance facilities - a few simple facilities such as a bike pump, an emergency repair kit or basic tools could be a real winner 5. Washing and drying facilities - after battling the elements, cyclists may welcome a place to wash and dry their clothes ahead of another day’s adventure. Read more below:

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Pedestrian-friendly environments encourage walking commutes

Last Updated: 12/19/2016

Emma Adams, Research and Evaluation Manager at the BHFNC, has published a paper finding that people are more likely to commute to work by walking if workplace environments include convenient walking routes, suitable pavements, maintained pavements or convenient public transport. This research can inform workplace practice by providing evidence to employers that developing pedestrian-friendly environments around new or existing workplaces will help promote walking for the commute. In addition, it is recommended that employers should educate employees with regard to the available walking routes in the surrounding areas.

  • What is this? report
  • What is it about? walking
  • Where is it relevant? UK
  • When was this published? 12/4/2016
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Scottish children and adolescents health report

Last Updated: 7/19/2016

New Active Healthy Kids Scotland report card published gives mixed results for the physical activity and health of Scottish children and adolescents

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The Town Centre Action Plan - Two Years On

Last Updated: 3/23/2016

The Town Centre Action Plan - Two Years On report is a second snapshot of the progress being made towards delivering against the six themes set in the Town Centre Action Plan.

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Active Ageing and the Built Environment

Last Updated: 3/23/2016

The Housing Learning and Improvement Network (LIN) with support from Public Health England have produced a practice briefing about active ageing and the built environment exploring which aspects of the built environment can support older adults to age well.

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Glasgow: health in a changing city

Last Updated: 3/23/2016

The Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH) have published a new report, ‘Glasgow: health in a changing city’.

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Green Prescription

Last Updated: 2/5/2016

A number of urban park and greenspace initiatives have been taking place in the USA and New Zealand.

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EFDS Report: Supporting me to be active

Last Updated: 2/5/2016

A new report by the English Federation of Disability Sport shows that eight in ten supporters state they have some level of influence on encouraging disabled people to be active.

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Cyclists to outnumber drivers in London

Last Updated: 2/5/2016

Cyclists will outnumber car drivers entering central London in rush hour in the next few years, according to figures from Transport for London (TfL).

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