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Participation in regular physical activity is associated with the prevention of chronic disease and the promotion of health and well-being. In 2007, the Department of Health developed a draft Physical Activity Care Pathway which involved 4 key steps:
assessment of patients’ physical activity levels
signposting to local physical activity opportunities
The trial was undertaken with 14 general practices. Patient eligibility was assessed using the following criteria:
aged 16 to 74 years
absence of contra-indications
appropriateness to discuss physical activity with the patient