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GPs in 11 areas to prescribe cycling and walking as part of £13m Government pilot

GPs in 11 areas to prescribe cycling and walking as part of £13m Government pilot

GPs will be asked to prescribe cycling and walking to patients to improve physical and mental health under a new £12.7m Government pilot. In all,…

Monday, Aug 22

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GPs will be asked to prescribe cycling and walking to patients to improve physical and mental health under a new £12.7m Government pilot.

In all, 11 areas will receive part of the multi-year funding, which the Government said it hopes will ‘reduce disparities’.

The pilots, first promised in the Government’s 2020 Gear Change plan, aim to ‘evaluate the impact of cycling and walking on an individual’s health, such as reduced GP appointments and reliance on medication due to more physical activity’.

The funding will go towards ‘several pilot projects’ in each location, the announcement said, including: adult cycle training

free bike loans

walking groups

all-ability cycling ‘taster’ days walking and cycling mental health groups ‘wheeling’, for users of wheelchairs and mobility scooters Pilots will start this year and continue until 2025, with ‘ongoing monitoring and evaluation’ throughout.The Government claimed this was ‘the first time’ that ‘transport, active travel and health officials will work together towards a whole systems approach to health improvement and tackling health disparities’. Bath and North East Somerset Bradford Cornwall Cumbria Doncaster Gateshead Leeds Nottingham Plymouth Suffolk Staffordshire Source: UK Government The local authorities also need to improve infrastructure ‘so people feel safe to cycle and walk’, the Government said.Walking and cycling minister Trudy Harrison, said: ’Walking and cycling has so many benefits – from improving air quality in our communities to reducing congestion on our busiest streets.‘It also has an enormous positive impact on physical and mental health, which is why we have funded these projects which will […]

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