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Letters People and exercise

Seismic shift in policy needed to increase physical activity

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 30 June 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h3486
  1. Michael Craig Watson, associate professor of public health1,
  2. John Lloyd, immediate past president2
  1. 1University of Nottingham, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham NG7 2HA, UK
  2. 2Institute of Health Promotion and Education, Welwyn AL6 0UD, UK
  1. Michael.Watson{at}

We agree that there is now considerable evidence that exercise can maintain and promote health.1 However, Kamerow’s suggestions for promoting exercise seem narrow compared with the size and importance of this public health challenge.2 We need a seismic shift in public health activity and an approach that is in line with the Ottawa Charter …

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