Report: Tackling Physical Inactivity— A Coordinated Approach

For a full copy of the All-Party Commission on Physical Activity report please visit here.

4 thoughts on “Report: Tackling Physical Inactivity— A Coordinated Approach

  1. Great another report. What difference will this one really make? We’ve had countless reports that all tell us the same; children and adults need to move more. Yet none of them seem to have found the mechanism to make it happen. We just leave it to get worse and then write another report saying we need to move more. Having been involved with Game Plan, the NICE Obesity report and the old National Alliance for Physical Activity I argued for a cross-party approach back in 2003 at No.11.
    Times are more challenging now within the public sector and unless its a statutory responsibility then its unlikely to get done. The headline suggestions seem OK until you dig beneath them. Good luck ‘healthchecking’ a PFI build. Infrastructure is pretty much fixed and you can not do a lot with it without large investment that doesn’t exist. Love to see the authors really track the change that happens as a consequence of this report.

  2. Whilst I absolutely welcome this report and it’s vital (literally) message that we all need to be more active, I am very disappointed by the choice of illustrations. They are all of children, and all show children engaged in sport, in one way or another. (I know you could debate whether children cycling is a sport..). Whilst it is vital that children become more active, and participating in sport is one way to do that, the simple fact is that the tens of thousands of people who will die over the next decade because of their physical inactivity are the adults, not the children, who are currently inactive. And for most of these, suggesting that they take up sport is wholly unrealistic, whereas suggesting they take up other forms of physical activity – walking, gardening, tea-dancing, etc – is much more realistic. I know the text of the report acknowledges that, but what a pity about the pictures, which tell a thousand words, or more.
    Jeremy Wight
    Director of Public Health
    Sheffield City Council

  3. Really pleased to see this report published, a coordinated approach is definitely what is needed the tricky part is the delivery. A national physical activity strategy is something we would like to see implemented across the UK with the skills of Sport & Exercise Medicine practitioners including Consultants and GPs with Special Interest being fully utilised. The benefits of physical activity for health and exercise medicine are enormous and as an organisation we were pleased to have been able to provide a written submission, including the learning and perspective from our Members, Fellows and Lay Advisers. We are looking forward to the second report.
    Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine UK

  4. One of the most effective contributions to tackling this problem has been the creation of the National Cycleway Network – the achievement of a voluntary organisation, with lots of highly informal support from local government. This is the way forward (it’s how things get done in the UK) but will require a sea change in current policies which seem designed to obliterate, or at the least emaciate, local government in England.

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