Patients to receive exercise advice from doctors

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FAMILY doctors are set to educate patients about the benefits of exercise as part of a new initiative announced by the Scottish Government.

The so-called “brief interventions” will see doctors asking patients about their levels of physical activity and offering advice and support if appropriate. GPs and health professionals in six health board areas will encourage adults to get active, as part of the year-long pilot project.

Sport minister Shona Robison said: “This is not about telling people to take more exercise, but health professionals offering advice to people who can get the most benefit, most quickly, ultimately reducing the need for further treatment.”