physical exercise

Healthy care programme handbook

Resource containing a set of tools and resources to help partnerships concerned with the health of looked after children to carry out audits of services, formulate action plans and gather evidence of their progress.

Breaking through: healthy living centres, removing barriers to wellbeing

Series of articles describing the work of healthy living centres (HLCs) in Scotland and discussing how they can help communities change and grow and bring local people together to participate in new activities and opportunities.

It's more than just the park : facilitators and barriers to the use of urban greenspace

Report of a study which assessed the quality and accessibility of greenspaces and community facilities such as halls and leisure centres across two socially contrasting areas of the city of Glasgow.

Healthy weight, healthy lives: one year on

UK Government report reviewing the progress of the Healthy weight, healthy lives strategy for England and setting out plans to further support healthy weight through informing consumer choice, creating an environment which encourages healthy weight and ensuring quality weight management services are in place.

Unfit for purpose : how car use fuels climate change and obesity

Study assessing the contribution of the rise in car travel to the decline in human energy expenditure and the consequent rise in obesity in the UK. It also investigates increased car travel's contribution to climate change and tries to show that these health and environment challenges have common origins and some common solutions.

Obesity : guidance on the prevention, identification, assessment and management of overweight and obesity in adults and children (NICE clinical guideline 43)

Guidance from NICE to assist agencies to stem the prevalence of obesity and diseases associated with it through increasing the effectiveness of interventions to prevent obesity and improving the care offered to adults and children with obesity, especially in primary care.

My health: health action planning and health facilitation for people with a learning disability

This DVD asks viewers to consider their physical health, mental health and aspects of their life style that contribute in good or bad ways to both of these. It advocates regular physical health checks and the creation of a personal health action plan as part of a personalised and joined up service. It also describes the role of 'health facilitators', who can be friends, relatives or another trusted individual, to act as a broker between health services and a person with learning disabilities.

Keeping well : a booklet about health for people with learning disabilities

This resource, produced by Down's Syndrome Scotland, provides information about maintaining good health for people with learning disabilities.

Health in Scotland 2008: shedding light on hidden epidemics

Report from the Chief Medical Officer reviewing some of the data on the habits which studies are showing have a dramatic effect on risks of developing chronic ill health or premature death.

It also considers some of the mental health problems which may contribute to chronic stress in sufferers by lessening their ability to control and manage their lives. Such problems include ADHD in adults, post traumatic stress syndrome and obsessive compulsive disorders.

Health and the physical characteristics of urban neighbourhoods : a critical literature review

Review exploring the evidence relating to the effect of the urban physical environment at neighbourhood level on health and well-being, levels of physical activity and obesity. The aim was to find key studies published since 1990 and synthesise the main messages coming out of them.