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Social Determinantsof HealthAn Interdisciplinary Approach to Social Inequality and Wellbeing$
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Adrian Bonner

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447336846

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447336846.001.0001

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Health and exercise in the community

Health and exercise in the community

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(p.87) Seven Health and exercise in the community
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Social Determinantsof Health
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Naomi Brooks

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447336846.003.0007

This chapter discusses the health benefits of exercise and physical activity (PA) in the community. PA and exercise are known to improve a range of health outcomes. PA and exercise reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and metabolic disorders, and some cancers; improve functional ability by strengthening muscle and bones; and enhance psychological mood and well-being. In addition, PA and exercise can be a means of promoting social interactions, social support and reduced social isolation. The chapter explains these benefits in greater detail before considering physical inactivity (PIA) as a health concern and international policy aimed at promoting exercise and PA in the community. It also presents UK guidelines for exercise and PA and concludes with two examples of successful public health and community interventions to increase PA and exercise programmes in the community: the Daily Mile and the Football Fans in Training (FFIT) programme.

Keywords:   health benefits, exercise, physical activity, physical inactivity, public health, community interventions, Daily Mile, Football Fans in Training (FFIT), international policy

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