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Health secretary urges GPs to be “creative” in prescribing exercise

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b3364 (Published 17 August 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3364
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. 1Abergavenny

    The United Kingdom is in the bottom half of European countries in a league of physical activity, and around 27 million people do not exercise moderately for the recommended 30 minutes five times a week, says England’s health secretary, Andy Burnham.

    The Department of Health says that the NHS spends more than £3000 (€3500; $5000) a minute treating conditions that could be prevented by regular exercise, and Mr Burnham has launched a new initiative to get the population to be more active.

    “Part of the problem is that physical activity has for too …

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