Angling's health benefits acknowledged in national press.
in The Guardian newspaper to about a scheme in Newcastle-upon-Tyne
which involved GPs prescribing fishing as a tonic for patients suffering
from stress and depression has been welcomed by anglers.
article explains how angling is one of several activities which can be
recommended by Doctors as a "social prescription". Innovation charity
Nesta has found that a majority of GPs are keen to find alternative ways
of improving patients' health and wellbeing without dishing out more
and more medicines.
Speaking to The Guardian, GP Guy Pilkington, the chair of the CCG, says the approach is crucial:
health service is facing what appears to be ever-increasing fiscal
holes between what we get and what we have to do. If we don't get better
at empowering people to look after themselves, using low-cost,
high-impact interventions, we're going to really struggle in the near
future to fund a comprehensive health service," he says.
member of the fishing group, so-called "young" John, is unequivocal
about the group's impact. "If I wasn't doing this," the 30-year-old
says, "I'd be dead. It's the only thing that's helping me really."
report is just one in a number of pieces that have explained the health
benefits of our sport. Indeed, many American journals have carried
similar reports before, with health benefits including stress relief,
very well documented.