Exercise in SPACENews
We at SPACE are huge proponents of promoting physical activity to all out patients. Physical activity is regarded as a global public health priority, and physical inactivity the biggest public health problem of the 21st century.
Physical inactivity and sedentariness, “silent killers”, are associated with increased morbidity and reduced life expectancy. Despite this, about one third of the global population are inactive. In 2012, almost half of England and Scotland’s population did not meet the physical activity guidelines, and physical activity further decreases with age (British Heart Foundation, 2015).
It is imperative to further promote benefits of physical activity, work on strategies that will increase population levels of physical activity and make it an important part of people’s everyday lives.
Sit Less, Get Active MOOC
The University of Edinburgh (Usher Institute for Population Health Sciences and Informatics, Physical Activity for Health Research Centre, Sports and Exercise and School of Informatics), are the first to offer a “Sit Less, Get Active” Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), on June 30th, 2016. This new, interactive MOOC promotes and evaluates physical activity.
For those thinking, “what’s a MOOC??”: MOOCs are online courses that can be taken by anyone from any part of the world in their own time as long as you have access to the Internet.
Sign up here (it’s that easy): https://www.coursera.org/learn/get-active
Use this free course to learn how to monitor your own activity, set physical activity goals and make physical activity a habit- or share it with networks that you think it will benefit. We will present various examples on how to sit less and be more active in various settings such as your neighbourhood, home, work or educational environment, to help you incorporate the ones that fit the best to your lifestyle.
The MOOC is 3 weeks long with a commitment of not more than one hour per week. This course also offers you a unique opportunity to receive weekly physical activity health messages and monthly video reminders for 6 months after the initial 3 week-course as nudges to help you sit less and stay more active