Dr Martin Stockwell, a joint medical director at Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, is encouraging people to not just watch sport this summer but to take part too by getting involved with the national Games4Life campaign.
A top doctor at a local NHS trust is encouraging people to not just watch sport this summer but to take part too.
Dr Martin Stockwell, a joint medical director at Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, wants people to get involved with Games4Life.
This is a national campaign, which aims to get families up and active.
Dr Martin Stockwell, Joint Medical Director at the Trust, said: “We’re all looking forward to the Olympic Games and other big sporting events this summer, and I’ll certainly be tuning into my favourites.
“But taking part can be even more fun for you and your family and will, at the same time, keep your health in check – getting your heart pumping can help to prevent diseases such as cancer, stroke and type two diabetes, and can help to improve your mental health and relieve stress."
To get involved, people can fill out a five-minute “activity check” on the Games4Life website – www.mygames4life.co.uk – to receive a personalised activity pack.
Alternatively, people can download a new mobile phone app – the Fun Generator – which features more than 100 ideas for indoor and outdoor activities.
Dr Stockwell said: “National guidelines suggest that children aged five to 18 years should do 60 minutes of activity every day, while adults should get 150 minutes a week.
“Two- to four- year-olds should be doing around 180 minutes of activity a day.
“I’d encourage as many people as possible to get involved with the Games4Life initiative and to use this summer’s sporting events as an opportunity to try new sports, to get fitter and, crucially, to improve your health.”
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