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Be active: Be healthy

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At every life-stage it is important that we build physical activity into our daily routines. It is a basic foundation for healthier lifestyles.

The Chief Medical Offi cer has advised us that adults should aim to achieve at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity on fi ve or more days of the week (60 minutes every day for children and young people). We know that many are a long way from that – indeed, around one fifth of men and a third of women are even doing less than one session of 30 minutes’ physical activity a week. So we have a long way to go to reap the benefits of a more active nation.

Earlier this year [2009], we launched Change4Life. Its message is simple: we must all “eat well, move more and live longer”. What we need is a lifestyle revolution.

Be Active, Be Healthy forms part of this revolution. By working with policy makers, local government and grassroots organisations, we can help to put physical activity at the heart of every community, so that individuals are healthier, businesses more productive, and our environment too is improved.

This is even more important as we prepare to host the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games [2012], which will showcase the best athletic talent and will provide inspiration and opportunities for all of us to take part in sport and be more active. We will therefore build upon the review of sport and physical activity which was reflected by Sport England’s new strategy to develop a worldleading community sport system and paved the way for an ambitious crossgovernment
target to get 2 million more people active by 2012.

With the support of the new Physical Activity Alliance, a range of initiatives across the spectrum of physical activity and new investment in the delivery infrastructure, Be Active, Be Healthy will transform local communities and help us build a fitter, healthier and happier nation.

  

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Editor's comments - [  This Plan sets out the Government’s framework for the delivery of physical activity for adults, alongside sport and based upon local needs, with particular emphasis upon the physical activity legacy of the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games. It updates the previous physical activity plan, Choosing Activity.  ]  Reference this?Cryer, J. (Year). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from <this page's full URL>

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Reference : DoH. (2009) Be active: Be healthy. London: TSO

 

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