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Category: Health & fitness

BetterPoints makes social prescriptions for active travel easier to swallow

Active Travel England recently allocated funding for eleven local authorities to trial social prescriptions for walking, wheeling and cycling. Active travel is much harder to prescribe than traditional medication. Aside from the potential barrier of opportunity (for example, people won’t walk, wheel or cycle if there are no safe routes for it), a much higher…
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‘My psychiatrist mentioned BetterPoints … it’s given me a reason to go out each day’

John’s psychiatrist recommended a local BetterPoints programme to help improve his mental and physical health. ‘Recently, I had a very scary turn mentally. I have been prescribed new medications as well as therapy, my mental health was severely struggling.  ‘My psychiatrist mentioned BetterPoints and since then, along with my dog, it’s given me a reason…
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‘I walk everywhere now’

Gary suffers from severe depression and was getting no exercise before he joined a BetterPoints programme.   ‘I walk everywhere now: to the school, to the shops and my parents’ houses.  ‘I suffer with severe depression and anxiety. Walking is now a part of my life, it helps take my mind to a better place. It has…
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How BetterPoints can spot population health risks before they become a problem

Population health management is about predicting future health needs and intervening before someone becomes a ‘patient’. Data is useful but it is important to remember that each data point is a person, and that we need to talk to people to understand the reality of their situation. That was a key theme at the recent…
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Mental health practitioner Helena would recommend BetterPoints to clients

Helena is a mental health practitioner in Buckinghamshire. She heard about a local BetterPoints programme and wanted to know if it could help her clients, so she tried it out for herself. ‘A colleague told me about the app’, says Helena. ‘I decided to try it out myself first and now feel confident to recommend…
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How BetterPoints helped Sam give up smoking

Hounslow Council asked BetterPoints for a programme to help people take personal responsibility for their health, particularly among those at risk of developing avoidable long-term conditions. The One You Hounslow programme targets people at risk of developing conditions that arise from factors such as lifestyle and occupation – Diabetes, Asthma, COPD, for example – and…
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“The app has helped to me lose half a stone by cycling and walking”

Callum was physically active once a week, before he joined Hounslow Council’s A to B Actively challenge. He has now increased that to five days a week and enjoys a more active lifestyle. “I would always spend my evenings at home in front of the TV”, he says. “Now, I go out for a walk…
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‘It’s nice to feel like someone cares’

Alice struggled with her weight and had a lot of mobility limitations, and pain in her back, feet and knees. Walking half a mile was hard and took three days to recover. In late 2019 she had a gastric bypass operation to help her lose weight, and she took up more active forms of travel.…
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Research in lockdown suggests big potential savings for health interventions

During the second UK lockdown in 2020, we trialled a new method for encouraging people to take up online exercise classes. The result was huge cost savings compared to similar projects. We developed the research with IMIN, a physical activity connectivity platform, with their funding from Innovate UK. IMIN’s technology connects people with exercise classes. Together, we…
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What has World Heart Day got to do with walking and cycling?

This World Heart Day, we’re taking a look at the benefits of active travel for heart health.  The World Heart Federation is an umbrella organisation uniting patient, medical and scientific groups into a global cardiovascular community. They run World Heart Day to raise awareness about cardiovascular health. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the world’s biggest killer:…
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BetterPoints turns physical activity into charitable donations

We have grown a lot as a company since 2010, but one thing that hasn’t changed about BetterPoints is our dedication to giving back. With International Day of Charity almost upon us (Sunday 5 September), we would like to thank all our programme participants who have supported so many fantastic organisations with their BetterPoints donations.…
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Hounslow is the latest council to incentivise better health with BetterPoints

It is well-known, nowadays, that physical inactivity is a killer. It’s responsible for one in six deaths in the UK (equal to smoking) and is estimated to cost us £7.4 billion annually [Public Health England, 2019]. It can cause serious health problems such as obesity, chronic heart disease and Type 2 Diabetes.   Poor diet is also a major risk factor for premature death [NHS, 2021]. Almost two-thirds of adults in England are overweight or obese, while obesity-related…
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