Physical activity

Physical activity

The quality standard for physical activity is made up of 4 statements that describe high‑quality care to encourage physical activity in people of all ages who are in contact with the NHS, including staff, patients and carers. These statements set out the quality of care you should receive.

1. Adults having their NHS Health Check are given advice and information about how to be more physically active and what services are available locally. The NHS Health Check is a national programme to identify people at risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and certain types of dementia.

2. Parents or carers of children who are having their 2‑year review are given information about the ways in which their child can benefit from being physically active. They are also given information about what they can do to be more active, as well as what is available locally.

3. Parents or carers of children whose weight and height is measured at school as part of the National Child Measurement Programme are given information about the ways in which their child can benefit from being physically active. They are also given information about what they can do to be more active, as well as what is available locally. The National Child Measurement Programme was established in 2005, and involves measuring the weight and height of Reception and Year 6 children at state schools in England.

4. Employees in NHS organisations are encouraged and supported to be more physically active (both within and outside the workplace), and are provided with information and practical support on how to do this.

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