This project examines the effectiveness of physical activity counselling (PAC) delivered by community exercise professionals in GP surgeries. The aim is to encourage participants to enter a community sports pathway comprising of 12 exercise sessions and to go on to sustain increased levels of physical activity.


Physical activity levels will be monitored via accelerometer throughout the intervention and follow up period to determine effectiveness. Risk factors of cardiovascular disease will be measured at baseline and 12 weeks. The investigation will be hosted by the Medici Medical Practice in Luton, and is funded by Luton Borough Council. Baseline data collection will begin on September 1st 2014 and conclude in Spring 2015.


Participants will be people aged between 18 and 74 who are inactive and overweight.


  • Total number of potential participants
  • Number of participants attending one-to-one PAC sessions
  • Number of participants attending group PAC sessions and log-ins to online support system
  • Number of participants attending community sport sessions (electronic registers)
  • Directly measured levels of physical activity
  • Risk factors of cardiovascular disease: Blood pressure, cholesterol levels, fasting blood glucose levels, body composition analysis (body fat mass, lean mass and body fat percentage).

Experimental Design

Participants will be randomised between three intervention groups, all receiving physical activity counselling sessions, but varying degrees of measurement.

  1. Standard Let’s Get Moving pathway
  2. Let’s Get Moving pathway monitored via accelerometer
  3. Let’s Get Moving pathway including physiological measurement at baseline and 12 weeks


Data will inform the impact of varying degrees of measurement upon physical activity promoting interventions and specifically the Let’s Get Moving pathway.