Solving inactivity

12 November 2014        

Two women running

Public health spending on physical activity will double next year, according to a new report.

More than 70 per cent of councils have increased their spending on physical activity initiatives. The report by ukactive found that councils were now allocating 4 per cent of their 2014/15 budget to such programmes compared to 2 per cent in 2013/14.

In order to stay healthy, it is recommended that adults do 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity, such as cycling or brisk-walking a week. However, many different surveys have shown that not enough people are regularly active.

Simon Gillespie, our Chief Executive, said: “Being physically active is a vital part of keeping your heart healthy, but far too many of us lead lives that just aren’t active enough.

“We need to build physical activity back into our everyday lives, whether that’s encouraging the workers to go for a walk during their lunch break, or making roads safe so that children can walk or cycle to school.

“This challenge cannot be tackled by public health teams alone. It needs a cross-governmental approach which looks at how we can improve transport, education and town planning to help get people moving more.”