Where next for the design, delivery and evaluation of community-based physical activity prescription? Emerging lessons from the United Kingdom

Emily J. Oliver, Benjamin J.R. Buckley, Caroline Dodd-Reynolds, John Downey, Coral L. Hanson, Hannah Henderson, J. Hawkins, James Steele, Matthew Wade, P.M. Watson

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Abstract

Despite widespread use, community-based physical activity prescription is controversial. Data limitations have resulted in a lack of clarity about what works, under what circumstances, and for whom, reflected in conservative policy recommendations. In this commentary we challenge a predominantly negative discourse, using contemporary research to highlight promising findings and ‘lessons learnt’ for design, delivery, and evaluation. In doing so, we argue for the importance of a more nuanced approach to future commissioning and evaluation. Contribution: • Amalgamating learning from multiple research teams to create recommendations for advancing physical activity prescription.
Original languageEnglish
JournalApplied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism
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Publication statusPublished - 29 Jul 2021

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