• Course

4 hours and 30 minutes

GPs, GP trainees

Physical activity in the treatment of long term conditions

After completing this course of modules, you should:

  • Know how physical activity compares with other modifiable behaviours, such as smoking and diet, as a risk factor for mortality
  • Know the Chief Medical Officer guidelines for physical activity in the UK
  • Understand the mechanisms behind how physical activity can both prevent and treat a range of major diseases
  • Understand how physical activity is important in the prevention and treatment of the following conditions:
    • Cancer
    • Diabetes mellitus
    • Osteoarthritis and lower back pain
    • Cardiovascular disease
    • COPD and asthma
    • Mental health (depression and anxiety)
  • Know the important safety considerations for recommending physical activity in these conditions
  • Know the principles of promoting physical activity in primary care.


William Bird


Accreditor credit Accreditation statement
BMJ Learning courses 4.5 credits, 4:30 hours This course is accredited to the combined value of the modules it contains.

Release date

22 Oct 2014