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Physical activity: brief advice for adults in primary care [PH44]

Measuring the use of this guidance

Recommendation: 2

• Advise adults who have been assessed as being inactive to do more physical activity, with the aim of achieving the UK physical activity guidelines. Emphasise the benefits of physical activity. (See box 1.) • When delivering brief advice, tailor it to the person's: ◦ motivations and goals (see NICE guidance on Behaviour change: the principles for effective interventions [public health guidance 6]) ◦ current level of activity and ability ◦ circumstances, preferences and barriers to being physically active ◦ health status (for example whether they have a medical condition or a disability). • Provide information about local opportunities to be physically active for people with a range of abilities, preferences and needs. • Consider giving a written outline of the advice and goals that have been discussed. • Record the outcomes of the discussion. • Follow up when there is another appointment or opportunity. The follow-up could consist of a conversation about what physical activity someone has been doing, progress towards their goals or towards achieving the UK physical activity guidelines (see box 1).

What was measured: Public Health Outcomes Framework indicator 2.13: Proportion of over 16s doing at least 150 “equivalent” minutes of at least moderate intensity physical activity per week in bouts of 10 minutes or more in the previous 28 days.
Data collection end: December 2014
57%
Data collection end: December 2015
57%
Area covered: England
Source: Sport England - Active people survey

What was measured: Proportion of over 16s doing at least 150 “equivalent” minutes of at least moderate intensity physical activity (excluding gardening) per week in bouts of 10 minutes or more.
Data collection end: November 2016
62.1%
Data collection end: November 2017
61.8%
Data collection end: May 2018
62.3%
Area covered: England
Source: Sport England. Active Lives Survey



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