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- 28 October 2014 00:00
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Public Health England (PHE) has released Everybody Active, Every Day: An evidence based approach to physical activity, with the intention to develop a national approach to increase levels of physical activity in local communities.
When compared on an international scale the UK has a 20% larger rate of inactivity than the USA.
Around one in two women and a third of men in England are damaging their health through lack of physical activity and physical inactivity directly contributes to one in six deaths in the UK.
Everybody Active, Every Day highlights the need to make real changes to people’s lifestyles, and throughout their lives, to reverse these damaging patterns. This is crucial to individuals achieving the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) guidelines on how much physical activity people should be doing for good health.
The challenge will be to get all agencies from national level landscape partners to local level activity organisers to align their thinking and approaches to ensure that everyone is working to a similar agenda.
The inclusion of physical activity as a national health priority is welcomed and overdue. Many talk of physical activity as the ‘magic pill’ that can help to limit the effects of many medical conditions.