Exercise on Prescription Evaluation Report for South Gloucestershire

Flannery, Orla and Loughren, Elizabeth A and Baker, Colin and Crone, Diane (2014) Exercise on Prescription Evaluation Report for South Gloucestershire. Project Report. University of Gloucestershire, Gloucester.

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Abstract

Physical inactivity has been identified as the fourth leading cause of non-communicable disease worldwide (Kohl et al. 2012) and is associated with a range of diseases including Type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and obesity (HSE, 2012; Department of Health (DH), 2011). Currently, 61.9% of adults are overweight and obese in the UK (HSE, 2012). The beneficial effects of regular physical activity including protection from serious illness such as cardiovascular disease (CVD) easily exceed the effectiveness of drugs or other medical treatments (Department of Health, 2009). The aim was to evaluate the effectiveness of the South Gloucestershire Exercise on Prescription (EOP) Scheme. Overall, there were 2,505 participants in the programme aged 18-94 years old (M = 53.02, SD = 15.40) with a modal age of 66. Most participants were female (60.6%) (n = 1,517) versus 39.4% of males (n = 987), and the majority were White British (95%). Frequent reasons for programme referral were a BMI >30 and depression. Proportionally, postcodes B37 and B16 had the highest number of service users (n = 407; n = 389) and the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) ranged from 5.9-21.1. A total of 312 (12.5%) participants presented with a longstanding illness. This may not be an accurate representation of the service users as a whole due to a high degree of missing data. • There was a significant increase in the number of reported 30 minute exercise sessions per week between the start and the end of the programme. • There was a significant decrease in reported systolic blood pressure and waist measurement between the start and the end of the programme. • The programme did not appear to make a difference to the service users’ weight, BMI, hip measurement, or diastolic blood pressure. • There was a significant increase in reported well-being WEMWBS scores between the start and the end of the programme

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Sport & Exercise
Research Priority Areas: Sport, Exercise, Health & Wellbeing
Depositing User: Colin Baker
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2015 11:57
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2016 16:11
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/2379

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