“parkrun is so much more than a weekly free community event to me. In 2016 I was diagnosed with fatty liver disease due to being overweight and sedentary. As a clinician I had a great deal of shame that I had not looked after my own health.

My wife and colleague accompanied me to our local parkrun to support my new lifestyle journey. I will never forget how nervous I felt that first time. However, as soon as I got there the colourful flags, smiling volunteers and the vibrant community put me at ease and encouraged me every step of the way. It was a key part of me transforming my life. Losing weight, getting active, and more connected with my local community.

The personal journey it helped me achieve is why I am so passionate about supporting and signposting parkrun events to my patients, family, and friends. Whether it is volunteering, walking, running or spectating, parkrun is a fantastic social prescription.”

Dr Hussain Al-Zubaidi is the RCGP lifestyle and physical activity lead.

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