Key Concepts in Public Health identifies fifty key concepts used across the discipline of public health in order to give the reader a broad perspective of the core topics relevant to training and practice. From epidemiology to health promotion, and ethics to leadership, the book offers an exciting guide to the multiprofessional field. Each entry features a snapshot definition of the concept, a broader discussion addressing the main issues and links to practice, key points relevant to the entry, case studies to illustrate the application to practice, and examples of further reading.

Public Health and Physical Activity

Public Health and Physical Activity

Public health and physical activity
HayleyMills, DianeCrone, and Walid ElAnsari


There has been a proliferation of physical activity included in public health policies in the last decade (DH, 1999, 2004a; DCMS/Strategy Unit, 2002) and an evidence-based practice in physical activity promotion within primary care has emerged (Crone et al., 2004). The most common programmes available are Physical Activity Referral Schemes (PARS). Such schemes involve the referral of primary care patients by a health professional (usually GP or nurse) to an exercise provider for a programme of supervised physical activity normally within a leisure centre setting (Crone et al., 2004).

Key Points

  • The PARS scheme improves confidence, motivation, wellbeing and knowledge of physical activity.
  • It has social benefits – confidence, enjoyment and satisfaction.
  • Physiological measures demonstrate significant ...
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