GPs to prescribe exercise in health ‘shake-up’

Learning to ride a bike or getting out for a walk could soon be just what the doctor ordered under new health plans noted by an article in Metro on 22nd August.

Some GPs will start prescribing ‘back to basics’ treatments as part of a trial to see how big a difference small lifestyle changes can make to mental and physical complaints, with adult cycle training, walking groups and free bike loans all being backed by the government in a new £12.7 million scheme.

The pilot programme will run in 11 areas until 2025, with participating local authorities also being told to improve infrastructure alongside the trials so that participants feel safe undertaking physical activities.

Olympic gold medallist and former cycling world champion Chris Boardman, who is commissioner of the new National Active Travel agency, said: “As a nation we need healthier, cheaper and more pleasant ways to get around for everyday trips. Moving more will lead to a healthier nation, a reduced burden on the NHS, less cancer, heart disease and diabetes, as well as huge cost savings.”

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