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GPs to prescribe walking and cycling to improve health

GPs to prescribe walking and cycling to improve health

Image caption, The government intends to improve overall health and tackle health disparities through more physical activity Three Yorkshire cities are among 11 places where…

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Image caption, The government intends to improve overall health and tackle health disparities through more physical activity Three Yorkshire cities are among 11 places where doctors are to start prescribing walking and cycling to boost mental and physical health.

Bradford, Doncaster and Leeds will get a share of £12.7m earmarked for the "social prescription" pilots.

The government-funded plan aims to reduce the number of GP appointments and people’s reliance on medication.

Some GPs say there is not enough time to care for sick people as well as referring people to the new schemes. Image caption, In 2018, 36% of England’s adults were overweight – with 28% obese The new Gear Change Plan pilots would be "hugely beneficial" to overall mental and physical health, said the Department for Transport (DfT).

Walking and cycling minister Trudy Harrison said more cycling and walking would "ease the burden on our NHS" as well as "improving air quality and reducing congestion". What are the trials?

The government is developing the pilots with the NHS and Sport England

They include adult cycle training for all abilities, plus more walking groups for exercise and mental health Free bike loans will be offered Wheelchair and mobility scooter-users will also benefit The pilots run until 2025 in Bradford, Leeds, Doncaster, Cumbria, Gateshead, Nottingham, Staffordshire, Suffolk, Plymouth, Cornwall, Bath and NE Somerset Source: The Department for Health and Department for Transport The government said the authorities must also improve infrastructure so people felt safe walking and cycling. Image caption, Cyclist Chris […]

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