With over a third of adults in the West Midlands insufficiently ‘active’ and an irrefutable evidence base regarding the benefits of physical activity, more than 350 third-year medical students will be educated on the health benefits of ‘Movement as Medicine’ by staff from the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences this February.
Led by Dr Carolyn Greig, these sessions will cover many aspects of physical activity, including how it is never ‘too late’ to be active, and how healthcare professionals can safely and effectively promote activity in the clinical setting. This ground-breaking collaboration hopes to ensure that all future medical professionals graduating from Birmingham are capable of advising the public about ‘movement as medicine’, eventually contributing to a more proactive healthcare system and a healthier society.
A multi-disciplinary working group has already been formed and the collaboration has also extended to include the Pharmacy MPharm programme, with further plans to educate and empower nurses to deliver the same advice in future. This innovative collaboration is amongst the first of its kind in the UK, and it is hoped that many other universities will look to follow the University of Birmingham’s lead in the coming years.
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