Report warns of physical inactivity ‘epidemic’

The Youth Sport Trust today welcomes a report warning that over half of all adults are failing to exercise for the recommended 2.5 hours a week.

The Youth Sport Trust today welcomes a report warning that over half of all adults are failing to exercise for the recommended 2.5 hours a week.

Tackling Physical Inactivity, a report produced by the All Party Commission on Physical Activity, claims that up to 37,000 lives are lost prematurely every year because of a lack of exercise and that we are 24% less active than in 1961.

The report calls for a cross-party five-year plan to help tackle the issue of inactivity and recommendations include investing in walking and cycling schemes and encouraging employers to allow their workers to be active at work.

The report also suggests that Ofsted should place more emphasis on inspecting school PE provision and teachers need further training to incorporate activity across the whole school.

Public health minister Jane Ellison said:

"We know more needs to be done, but good progress has been made, particularly in engaging children in sport. We have invested £155m into school sport and our Change4Life Sports Clubs are helping over 225,000 children to take part."

John Steele, Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust, said:

"We firmly believe that the road to a healthy and active lifestyle starts in childhood and are proud to lead interventions, such as Change4Life Sports Clubs - there will be 10,500 of these primary school clubs by September. We of course welcomed the government's further investment in school sport - however there is still much more to do if we are to ensure that enjoyment of exercise transfers into adult lives.

The Youth Sport Trust submitted written evidence highlighting some of the report findings. Alongside Change4Life Sports Clubs, the Youth Sport Trust also leads Bupa Start to Move: developing physical literacy - an innovative approach to professional development in PE for primary school teachers, which provides children with the foundations for successful participation in PE and sport.  

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