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Patients at Norfolk surgery urged to take part in parkrun

Patients at Paston Surgery urged to join parkrun. Picture:  North Norfolk CCG and South Norfolk CCG

Patients at Paston Surgery urged to join parkrun. Picture: North Norfolk CCG and South Norfolk CCG

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A doctors' surgery is prescribing parkrun to patients who would benefit from being more active.

The social prescribing scheme was started last year by parkrun UK and the Royal College of General Practitioners.

It allows doctors to prescribe outdoor activity rather than medication.

North Walsham-based Paston Surgery will be doing a 'parkrun practice takeover' at the weekly run at Blickling on Saturday, July 27. The free weekly run is a 5km course based in the National Trust grounds.

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Emily Player, GP at Paston Surgery, said: "The surgery is already active in encouraging patients and staff to attend their local parkrun in order to increase their level of fitness in a way that is accessible to everyone.

"It is not just the physical aspect of the parkrun which we advocate but the benefit to people's wellbeing. It can benefit mental health and help tackle loneliness."

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