Module introduction

By the end of this module, we hope you will be able to:


  • define physical activity and understand the Chief Medical Officers' (CMOs') weekly physical activity recommendations


  • demonstrate the benefits of physical activity through the bio-psycho-social model


  • list the potential risks of exercise and relative contraindications to participation


  • review medication regimes and physical health risks that may impact on physical activity participation


  • summarise the latest evidence base for physical activity interventions in schizophrenia, bipolar affective disorder (BPAD) and major depressive disorder (MDD)


  • discuss insights from leading researchers and service users with expertise in physical activity interventions


  • outline exercise initiatives available within the community.


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