PhysioUpdate 3rd August 2021


Public health initiative aims to give people the tools to lose weight and increase activity

Four adults in 10 in England say they have put on weight since the first Covid-19 lockdown was implemented in March 2020, according to the results of a survey conducted for Public Health England (PHE).

On average, the adults whose weight rose gained about half a stone (4.1kg), with one in five (21 per cent) reporting putting on a stone or more. In those aged from 35 to 65 years, the average weight gained rose to more than 10lbs (4.6kg).

In response to findings of this and other surveys, PHE launched the latest ‘Better Health’ campaign today (26 July) in a bid to encourage adults to shed excess weight, eat more healthily and become more active in the coming months. 

 

Stone me: respondents aged 35-65 years had put on more than 10lbs (4.6kg), on average

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Staff at under-fire hospital raised concerns about the delivery of therapy services with CQC team

Therapy services for patients receiving coronary care at Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham, Kent, deteriorated earlier this year after changes were introduced in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

That is one of the findings outlined in a Care Quality Commission (CQC) report published yesterday (30 July) that focuses on the medical care – including older people’s care – at the hospital, which is run by Medway NHS Trust.

 

Patients needing CPAP were moved into intensive care or to another unit (stock image)

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Call to turn to Robin Hood for inspiration in promoting public health receives guarded welcome

Radical calls for scientists and practitioners to glean success stories from the rarefied world of elite sports and adapt them to help the wider population must be treated with caution, according to an international team of scientists.

In an editorial appearing in the latest issue of the British Journal of Sports Medicine, a team led by Gregoire P Millet from the University of Lausanne in Switzerland takes issue with aspects of an article that appeared in the journal earlier this year. 

Robin Hood's legendary attempts to help those in the greatest need could be inspirational

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