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Read more › News, Press - 21st June 2018

parkrun UK teams up with Royal College of General Practitioners to prescribe active lifestyles to patients and practice staff

parkrun UK and the Royal College of General Practitioners are set to launch a groundbreaking initiative that could see thousands of patients being ‘prescribed’ outdoor physical activity rather than medication.   The initiative aims to improve the health and wellbeing of health care staff, patients and carers, reducing the need for lifelong medication. In 2017,…

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Read more › News, Press - 15th June 2018

parkrun/NHS celebration day proves to be a hit

More than 146,000 people got involved in parkrun events around the UK on Saturday 9 June as parkrun and the NHS joined forces to celebrate 70 years of the health service.   135,318 walkers and runners completed a parkrun, 8,942 of those were completing their first-ever parkrun, thanks to the support of 11,188 volunteers.  …

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Read more › News - 11th June 2018

Queen Elizabeth Hospital takeover at King’s Lynn parkrun

My name is Sarah Byatt and I am the Executive Assistant to the Medical Director at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn. I have worked at the Trust for almost 11 years.   I took part in my first parkrun in March 2013 after reading about it in the local press and hearing people…

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Read more › News - 5th June 2018

Physical activity – the best buy in public health

“Walking is the best medicine” Hippocrates, 470 BC   Adults are more than 20% less active since the 1960s, by 2030 it is predicted we will be 35% less active. This is a shocking statistic.   In my role as a practice nurse, I have been recommending a treatment that has had fantastic health outcomes…

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Read more › Press - 1st June 2018

85,000 to join special parkrun to celebrate NHS’s 70th birthday

More than 85,000 people are expected to take part in a special parkrun UK event on Saturday 9 June 2018 to celebrate the NHS’s 70th birthday.   Backed by double Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes, parkrun for the NHS is the first event of its type.   Staff from all parts of the NHS,…

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Read more › News - 1st June 2018

Brain haemorrhage to parkrun, thanks to the NHS

The survival statistics after suffering a subarachnoid brain haemorrhage are not good. Many die on the spot when they happen, many are crippled for life, and an exceptionally lucky few recover. Simon Shrouder is one of the lucky few.   In the week that parkruns across the country prepare to celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS,…

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Read more › Press - 12th May 2018

Dame Kelly Holmes backs parkrun for the NHS’s 70 birthday on 9 June to get the nation active

Double Olympic gold medallist and former nursing assistant Dame Kelly Holmes is urging the nation to get active in the year the NHS turns 70. ‘parkrun for the NHS‘ aims to encourage new participants, including NHS staff and volunteers, to come along to their local parkrun – to recognise the contribution of the NHS to the health…

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Read more › News - 25th April 2018

A healthier and happier planet

Our work is guided by the philosophy, increasingly supported by research, that participation in parkrun contributes to improved health and wellbeing. This is now reflected in our mission statement “a healthier and happier planet”, as parkrun’s Health and Wellbeing Lead Chrissie Wellington explains.   The benefits of physical activity are only the tip of the iceberg…

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Read more › News - 8th February 2018

Participation, not pace, is what’s important

As an NHS physiotherapist I find that many of my patients are aware they need to do more physical activity, even before I have given them any advice. What they want to know is how, despite the pain in their leg, despite the weight they’ve put on or despite them getting out of breath on the…

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Read more › Press - 4th December 2017

Survey reveals healthcare professionals prescribing parkrun to boost the nation’s health

A survey of almost 2,000 healthcare professionals has revealed the significant extent to which parkrun is being prescribed to patients in the UK.   parkruns are free 5k events that take place in around 500 parks and open spaces around the UK every Saturday throughout the year, coordinated entirely by local volunteers. They are open…

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