Co-production - a ‘game changer’ in designing exercise referral schemes to meet local needs

Josefine Björkqvist

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An estimated 86% of deaths in Europe are attributed to five major chronic diseases: cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease and mental disorders. A considerable proportion of premature deaths from chronic disease could be prevented through lifestyle factors, including physical activity.

Move More Aberdeen (MMA) is a physical activity referral scheme commissioned by Macmillan Cancer Support and Sport Aberdeen, based in Aberdeen, Scotland. The scheme offers a 12-week programme of physical activity followed by ongoing phone support for 12 months to drive long-term health behaviour change. The scheme expanded in February 2018 from a cancer-specific service to a physical activity referral scheme for people living with chronic disease.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbercky213.137
JournalEuropean Journal of Public Health
Issue numberSupplement 4
Early online date21 Nov 2018
Publication statusPublished - 21 Nov 2018


  • patient referral
  • exercise


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