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Prescribe parkrun, not drugs, GPs are told

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 21 June 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2746
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

General practices are being encouraged to develop closer links with their local parkrun scheme and “prescribe” outdoor physical activity rather than drugs to patients, under a new initiative backed by the Royal College of General Practitioners.

There are currently over five hundred 5 km parkrun events and 220 junior parkrun events operating across the UK, coordinated by local volunteers.

The new initiative, launched by the RCGP in partnership with parkrun, aims to increase awareness of the events among GP practices, …

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