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Parliament talks up physical activity

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The first dedicated Parliamentary debate in its 800 year old history took place on 18th November, with attending MPs agreeing that Government has a key role to play in halting and reversing current rates on physical inactivity.
Activity rates are poorer than can be found across much of Europe and in other parts of the world and are a major source of concern on both national health budgets and the general wellbeing of the UK population.
Minister for Public Health, Jane Ellison, said that physical activity is now "more important than obesity” and that physical inactivity should cease to be "seen within the narrow prism of obesity.” 
Shadow health secretary, Andy Burham, has said that Labour would put physical inactivity at the heart of its manifesto and move the emphasis towards preventative measures, making exercise on prescription available at every GP surgery.
Public Health England launched ‘Everybody active, every day’ in October as an evidence based approach to physical activity, as part of the Government’s ‘Moving More, Living More’ commitment – part of the legacy ambition from London 2012.
Read more about this in our December ‘catch up’ with Justin Varney from PHE.
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