Scotland on Sunday has flagged up a major health issue this week: 'Lack of physical activity is as damaging to health as smoking, alcohol abuse and diabetes combined.' According to the report, one solution, raised by Scotland's Chief Medical Officer Sir Harry Burns, would be for GPs to start recording physical activity alongside smoking status and talking to their patients about their exercise levels.
Members from the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine UK will be supporting the main messages coming from Scotland's CMO by discussing 'How we can get patients active' alongside 'Medical Challenges in the Commonwealth Games' at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh Sport and Exercise Medicine Symposium on Friday (7 February 2014). The messages coming out of the Symposium will be key, not just for the health of the population in Scotland, but for people across the UK and the FSEM UK hopes that the Commonwealth Games this year can provide further inspiration for people to get more active.
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GPs interested in having a sub specialty in sport and exercise medicine can find useful information on taking the FSEM Diploma exam here.