Physical inactivity

23 October 2014        

Two people running down a forest path

Public Health England has released a new report claiming action must be taken to address the “physical inactivity epidemic” putting the nation’s health at risk.

The Get Everybody Active Every Day report raises significant concerns over the nation’s growing level of physical inactivity, claiming around a quarter of us now do less than 30 minutes of exercise a week.

The health body has set out four key policy calls to help get the nation moving, including creating environments which make it easier for people to live active lifestyles.

Keeping active, alongside a healthy diet, can help keep your weight in check and reduce your risk of coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes as well as some cancers.

Public Health England says by persuading inactive people to do more exercise it could prevent one in ten cases of stroke and heart disease in the UK.

Mike Hobday, our Director of Policy, said: “Physical inactivity is a serious public health concern. It can increase your risk of becoming overweight and developing coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes and even some forms of cancer.

“Getting regular exercise can help you live longer and improve your heart health. Young and old alike need to move more. We must change this couch potato culture and put physical activity at the heart of our daily routine.

“The BHF welcomes Public Health England’s work to address this issue, but actions speak louder than words. This isn’t new news, we already understand the problem, what we need now is for Public Health England to start delivering concrete solutions.”