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Tackling Physical Inactivity - A Coordinated Approach - All Party Commission on Physical Activity

The report calls for the creation of a cross-sector and cross-departmental NAtional Action Plan supported by the leaders of all the three major political parties. Other recommendations include:

  1. Raise awareness by implementing a public health campaign focused on the benefits of physical activity.
  2. Track progress by developing and introducing a standardised measure of physical activity across the UK, and standardised evaluation of investments.
  3. Ensure local and national policy supports the design of physical activity back into everyday life through active travel and leisure (such as walking and cycling to school or work) and making 'active workplaces' the norm.
  4. Make physical activity a lifelong habit by providing early access to positive experiences for children in sports, physical education, and active plat.

To view the report click here.

Refreshed Local Sport Profile tool

A refreshed health section of the local sport profile tool includes data on physically active and inactive adults and obesity levels in adults from the Public Health Outcomes Framework, Public Health Allocations and Premature Mortality at local authority level:

Chief Medical Officer annual report: surveillance volume 2012 published

The Chief Medical Officer's Surveillance report is the first of two volumes of her annual report and is a compendium of data covering a number of public health areas. Key areas of concern for the CMO featuring in this year's report are: Obesity - According to estimates, almost two thirds of adults and one third of children under 18 are overweight or obese. She highlights that, in one study, 77 percent of parents of overweight children did not recognise that their child was overweight. Deafness and blindness and dementia - The GP patient survey shows a greater prevalence of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, in those with severe vision loss or severe hearing impairment. The CMO highlights the lack of robust data which hampers our understanding of this possible association. The CMO says that investigating this potential link could tell us more about the causes of dementia. Alcohol - In popular culture, drinking alcohol to excess is sometimes portrayed as normal behaviour. An analysis of six weeks of soap operas in the UK in 2010 found 162 instances of characters drinking to excess, with negative consequences rarely shown. In fact, 75 per cent of the population does not consume excessive quantities of alcohol, and the proportion of the population which abstains from alcohol is increasing. Walking and cycling - Safety for pedestrians and cyclists must be improved if we are to encourage people to walk and cycle more and reap the associated health benefits. The risk of serious injury for each kilometre travelled on a bike is 21 times higher than by car. The CMO says that the relative risks of walking and cycling are unacceptably high and must be reduced and that an integrated approach to improving safety for all road users must be taken.

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Joint report on commissioning obesity services published

A report recommending greater clarity around how obesity care in England is commissioned in the future has been published.

It aims to support more equitable access to obesity and weight management services, including obesity surgery, across the country.

WHO Country profiles on nutrition, physical activity and obesity

To support the exchange of experiences, policy development and action in the areas of nutrition, physical activity and obesity, the WHO Regional Office has compiled profiles on the 53 countries in the WHO European Region. While the individual country profiles are issued separately, this short publication gives an overview of information on the monitoring and surveillance of overweight and obesity, exclusive breastfeeding during the first six months of life, the intake of saturated fatty acids and salt, the supply of fruit and vegetables, iodine status and physical inactivity. A policy section summarizes salt-reduction initiatives, trans fatty acids policies, actions in the area of marketing of food and non-alcoholic beverages to children, and physical activity policies and recommendations. It also describes the methodology and the data sources used.

HSCIC report on obesity, diet and physical activity statistics published

This statistical report from the HSCIC presents a range of information on obesity, physical activity and diet, drawn together from a variety of sources.

The topics covered include:

  • Overweight and obesity prevalence among adults and children
  • Physical activity levels among adults and children
  • Trends in purchases and consumption of food and drink and energy intake
  • Health outcomes of being overweight or obese.

New Food and Physical Activity evidence briefings from the ESRC

The ESRC have just published two new evidence briefings on Food and Physical activity:

  • Food price promotions and public health
  • Poorer people are less physically active

NHS Scotland child healthy weight programme evaluation

An evaluation of the Child Healthy Weight Programme has been published today on the NHS Health Scotland. This can be accessed at:

Drawing on interviews with children, parents and staff, the evaluation describes how the Child Healthy Weight programme has been implemented across Scotland, the views and experiences of the children and families who took part in the programme, and examines some of the potential impacts of the programme.

Moving More, Living More document is published

The Department of Health has launched a campaign to reduce physical inactivity. This is part of the legacy from the London 2012 Games, and involves the Government and the Mayor of London committing to promoting physical activity.

New NICE local government briefings: Body mass index thresholds for intervening to prevent ill health among black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups

New NICE local government briefings: Body mass index thresholds for intervening to prevent ill health among black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups