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BJSM social media contributes to health policy rethink: a physical activity success story in Hertfordshire
  1. Richard Weiler1,2,3,
  2. Christine Neyndorff3
  1. 1University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  2. 2UCL-PARG (University College London Population Health Domain Physical Activity Research Group), London, UK
  3. 3Hertfordshire Sports Partnership, Sport Performance and Development Centre, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Richard Weiler, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, 235 Euston Road, London NW1 2BU, UK; rweiler{at}doctors.org.uk

Abstract

Strategies to modernise the National Health Service (NHS) in England have brought about the development of local organisations called Health and Wellbeing (H&WB) boards through the Health and Social Care Act 2012. These boards were intended to become a forum where key leaders and stakeholders from health and care systems work together to improve the health and well-being of their local population and reduce health inequalities. Throughout England these boards have been drafting their strategies, largely ignoring the importance of physical activity in health and well-being. In the county of Hertfordshire, the initial draft priorities were released in 2012 and physical activity promotion was not included. Using a BJSM blog, BJSM online poll, Twitter and email, an attempt was made to generate as much interest and formal feedback as possible to the draft strategy, in order to ensure the inclusion of physical activity as a priority in the revised strategy.

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