Introduction: scope and purpose of this guidance
This guidance is a partial update of Four commonly used methods to increase physical activity, NICE public health guidance 2 (2006). The recommendations supersede recommendations 1–4 in NICE public health guidance 2. The recommendation from NICE public health guidance 2 relating to pedometers and walking and cycling schemes (recommendation 6) has been superseded by NICE guidance on walking and cycling. The recommendation on exercise referral schemes (recommendation 5) is being updated separately.
See About this guidance for details of how the guidance was developed.
This guidance aims to support routine provision of brief advice on physical activity in primary care practice.
The recommendations cover:
identifying adults who are inactive
delivering brief advice
following up brief advice
incorporating brief advice in commissioning
systems to support brief advice
information and training to support brief advice.
This guidance is for commissioners of health services and anyone working in primary care whose remit includes offering lifestyle advice. Examples include: exercise professionals, GPs, health trainers, health visitors, mental health professionals, midwives, pharmacists, practice nurses and physiotherapists. It may also be of interest to others with a role in encouraging physical activity and members of the public.
All healthcare professionals should ensure people have a high quality experience of the NHS by following NICE's recommendations in Patient experience in adult NHS services.