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The role of community programs and mass events in promoting physical activity to patients
  1. Adrian Bauman (adrianb{at}health.usyd.edu.au)
  1. University of Sydney, Australia
    1. Niamh Murphy
    1. University of Sydney, Australia
      1. Aoife Lane
      1. Waterford Institute of Technology, Republic of Ireland

        Abstract

        The challenge for physical activity promotion in clinical contexts is finding ways of encouraging patients to become more active. Brief advice in primary care is effective, in the short term, in increasing physical activity, but is only provided by a few clinicians on a regular basis. The possibilities for public health approaches include others in the practice providing brief advice, or referral to community facilities and programs. Even these have limited evidence regarding their population reach. Therefore, innovative and alternative solutions are required. This paper discusses three potential contributors, namely clinician advocacy for and engagement in physical activity as role models, referral to mass community participation events and encouraging attendance at health fairs. These will not solve the inactivity crisis, but provide new approaches to the armamentarium for clinicians, in advising their patients to initiate and try to become more physically active.

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