English GPs 'unaware' of physical activity recommendations

A vast majority of doctors in England are “unfamiliar” with the recommended levels of physical activity. According to Public Health England (PHE), 80 per cent of English GPs are unaware of the national guidelines that suggest adults aged between 19 and 64 to undertake at least 75 minutes of intense activity a week. PHE’s National Lead for Adult Health and Wellbeing survey studied more than 1,000 GPs in England, and revealed that more than a half of had not undertaken any training with respect to encouraging physical activity.

Justin Varney, co-author of this survey, highlighted the need for significant improvement in knowledge, skills, and confidence in order to maximise the potential for PA advice in GP consultations.