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a jogging imageJune 26 2018

GP practices are being asked to develop closer links with their local parkrun to become certified ‘parkrun practices’, the RCGP has announced.

Health care practitioners should consider signposting patients and carers to one of the 535 parkrun event across the UK, and to particularly encourage those who are the least active and have long-term health conditions to go for some outdoor exercise.

The parkrun sessions are free, 5k events that take place every Saturday morning year-round in public areas of open space. “Each event is coordinated entirely by local volunteers and they are accessible for people of all ages and abilities. There are also 220 2k junior parkruns for 4-14-year-olds and their families on Sunday mornings,” said the RCGP.

“There is no need to run at parkrun and junior parkrun – thousands of people walk the events or join in as volunteers or spectators. Whether it is to be part of a supportive, welcoming community, gain fitness, make friends, learn new skills, try something new or simply be active in the fresh air, everyone has their own reason to attend a parkrun.”

RCGP Clinical Champion for Physical Activity & Lifestyle, Dr Andrew Boyd said: “Inactivity is a leading cause of premature illness and death in the UK. GPs and their teams play a key role in encouraging and empowering their patients to get more active in the best interests of their health. parkrun provides an accessible, non-intimidating local opportunity for patients and staff to increase their activity levels, and have fun doing it, all in the great outdoors – and for free!”

Links:
RCGP announcement    
RCGP parkrun practice 

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