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All-Party Commission on Physical Activity launched to address growing inactivity epidemic

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A new All-Party Commission on Physical Activity featuring Paralympic icon Baroness Tanni-Grey Thompson and former Minister for Sport Gerry Sutcliffe has been launched to gather evidence on the UK’s activity levels. 

The main aim of the Commission is to attempt address the growing physical inactivity epidemic across the UK.

The six member Commission is made up of four Co-Chairs and two Commissioners.

The four Co-Chairs will be lead proceedings with each representing a different sector background.

Crossbench peer Baroness Tanni will represent sport, Conservative MP Charlotte Leslie will represent education, Labour MP Barbara Keeley will represent health and Liberal Democrat MP Julian Huppert will represent transport.

The two Commissioners will also bring sector expertise to the Commission and will support the work of the Co-Chairs and they will be Labour MP Sutcliffe and Liberal Democrat MP Greg Mulholland.

Following their extensive research, the Commission will look to publish their comprehensive report in the first half of next year.

"The human body was designed to move,” said a statement from the Commission.

"But in a very short period of time, we have become dangerously inactive as a population. 
"We are witnessing a physical inactivity epidemic.

"The All-Party Commission on Physical Activity has been established to address this urgent issue and make direct, policy-based recommendations to tackle this crisis. 

"The Commission will be taking evidence, both written and oral, to inform these recommendations which will then be published in a report in Spring 2014.”

The Commission is inviting written evidence to inform the policy recommendations and have called for a wide range of interested parties to contribute their comments. 

It will be supported by The British Heart Foundation, Designed to Move, The Lawn Tennis Association, Nike, The Premier League, Sustrans and The Young Foundation.

To find out more about the Commission or to submit evidence, Click Here 

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