Contemporary lifestyle interventions for public health - Potential roles for professional sports clubs

Baker, Colin and Loughren, Elizabeth A and Crone, Diane and Tutton, Adam and Aitken, Peter (2016) Contemporary lifestyle interventions for public health - Potential roles for professional sports clubs. In: Sport and Exercise Psychology: Practitioner Case Studies. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-1-118-68654-6

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Abstract

Heart disease and stroke are the leading cause of death and are attributable in part to lifestyle factors including physical inactivity and excess body weight. The prevalence of physical inactivity and overweight and obesity is increasing worldwide to the extent that the World Health Organisation has made strategies that prioritise the health of all people and tackle growing inequities in health a worldwide priority. In the UK, there has been an increasing focus on strategies that seek to use sport and physical activity programmes as a means of promoting health through closer links with local authorities, primary care trusts (PCTs) and sporting organisations. These seek to prevent disease and improve population health and wellbeing by promoting healthier lifestyles to local populations via innovative and novel approaches. This chapter describes the development of a health intervention programme located within a football club in South West England and outlines the principles, challenges and key features as an example of a contemporary approach to health promotion.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Health and Social Care > Health and Social Care
Research Priority Areas: Sport, Exercise, Health & Wellbeing
Depositing User: Colin Baker
Date Deposited: 20 May 2016 14:19
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2017 15:06
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/3521

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