A DOSE OF PARKRUN

Trail Running (UK) - - Warm- Up -

Can that re­ally be ‘parkrun’ on my pre­scrip­tion or is it just the doc­tor’s dodgy hand­writ­ing? As part of a link-up be­tween or­gan­is­ers of the pop­u­lar weekly 5k runs and the Royal Col­lege of Gen­eral Prac­ti­tion­ers, in­ter­ested surg­eries can reg­is­ter to be a ‘parkrun prac­tice’ and pre­scribe jog­ging rather than med­i­ca­tion, es­pe­cially to in­ac­tive in­di­vid­u­als. Head of health and well­be­ing at parkrun Chrissie Welling­ton said: “Our re­search tells us that GPs and other prac­tice staff are al­ready sign­post­ing peo­ple to parkrun to great ef­fect and we want to scale this up. This ex­cit­ing and game-chang­ing ini­tia­tive is a huge step for­ward in help­ing us en­cour­age GP prac­tices across the coun­try to forge ben­e­fi­cial part­ner­ships with their lo­cal parkruns, and for all staff and pa­tients to re­alise the wide-rang­ing health ben­e­fits that parkrun can bring.”

Run your­self healthy at a lo­cal parkrun

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