Healthy Bodies Healthy Minds

NHS Health Scotland has recently produced two briefing papers on the relationships between physical activity and mental health improvement in children and young people. Both are availabe to download below.

  • The evidence briefing summary provides a summary of the best available evidence on the relationships between physical activity and both promoting mental wellbeing and preventing mental health problems in children and young people.

  • The practitioners briefing is a simple, practical guide which outlines the evidence and provides pointers for practice. This is aimed at a wide range of practitioners who work with children and young people, for example people who work in schools, youth work, health & social care or leisure.

The papers are based on an evidence review carried out by the University of Glasgow for NHS Health Scotland. In December 2008, NHS Health Scotland held 3 half-day workshops with representatives from the children and young people's workforce. The aim of these workshops was to explore how the findings of the evidence review could most usefully be shared and presented, in order to disseminate the findings and enhance practitioners' understanding of the links between physical activity and mental health improvement. As a result, the two summary papers were developed.

The full research report: Physical activity and mental health: the role of physical activity in promoting mental wellbeing and preventing mental health problems is available at http://www.healthscotland.com/documents/2816.aspx.


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