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NICE urges planners to consider people’s need for exercise

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 24 January 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:179
  1. Geoff Watts
  1. 1London

    In an unusually wide ranging set of recommendations, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) in England and Wales is aiming to deal with obesity and other health problems by tackling one of their causes: lack of exercise. Its immediate targets are not obese people themselves, however, but the planners who could be doing more to prevent the onset of the condition.

    The guide, which is the second of NICE’s public health interventions, sets out what are claimed to be the first national, evidence based recommendations to encourage physical activity by changing the environment.

    “The guidance reaches …

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