The association between physical activity and mental health is increasingly being seen as significant within Scottish and UK mental health and physical activity policy (e.g. The Mental Health of Children and Young People: A framework for promotion, prevention and care (Scottish Government 2005; Let's Make Scotland More Active: a strategy for physical activity (Scottish Government 2003). The past 15 years has also seen the development of a significant amount of academic literature on this potential association. This body of evidence has broadly suggested the existence of an association between physical activity and mental health.
Editor's comments - [ NHS Health Scotland commissioned this evidence briefing of the benefits of physical activity in terms of promoting mental wellbeing and preventing mental health problems with particular emphasis on the efficacy of different physical activity types, intensities, frequencies and durations (‘dose response’) in achieving these benefits.
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Reference : Whitelaw, S. Swift, J. Goodwin, A. Clark, D. (2008) Physical activity and mental health: the role of physical activity in promoting mental wellbeing and preventing mental health problems: An evidence briefing. Edinburgh: NHS Scotland
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