Simon Burns, the Minister of State for Health, has welcomed a commitment from Lloyds TSB and the Youth Sport Trust to involve young people across the UK involved in National School Sport Week. As part of the Government's Public Health Responsibility Deal, Lloyds TSB have pledged to get 5 million young people taking part in this year's National School Sport Week.
The Public Health Responsibility Deal is a network of business, charities and other organisations established by the Department of Health to improve public health and tackle inequalities through their influence over food, alcohol, physical activity and health in the workplace. Commenting on Lloyds TSB's commitment, Simon Burns stated:
"Lloyds TSB's track record and commitment to helping young people get more active is impressive. As part of the Government's Public Health Responsibility Deal, they have set themselves a high bar with their pledge to work with the Youth Sport Trust to get more than 5 million young people taking part in National School Sport Week across the UK in 2012. I am pleased to see that this pledge seeks to use the inspirational effect of hosting the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to get young people more active.
Getting children and young people more physically active is vital if we are going to improve their health and wellbeing, reduce obesity and make participation a lifelong habit for all. Being active has additional benefits and is a great way to help children improve their social skills, build confidence and improve self-esteem. I congratulate Lloyds on the leadership they are showing in this field".