1 Jul, 2014

Cross-party Parliamentarians launch new report to fight physical inactivity crisis

Politicians from all parties join forces to help get our children moving | Every year physical inactivity costs UK economy £20bn

A new report launched today by a cross-party group of politicians sets out clear recommendations to tackle the growing physical inactivity epidemic in the UK. Co-authored by Crossbench Peer, Tanni Grey-Thompson, Charlotte Leslie MP, Julian Huppert MP, and Barbara Keeley MP, the All-Party Commission on Physical Activity report offers recommendations and solutions to help get us back on track.

This is the first of two reports from the All-Party Commission on Physical Activity, which was set up in October 2013. The first report, launched today, sets out the scale and scope of the problem, and maps out the specific areas that will require change.Supporting the report is a powerful coalition of multi-sector organisations, including British Heart Foundation, Lawn Tennis Association, Sustrans, Nike, Premier League, and The Young Foundation.

The report’s authors, Chief Executives from the coalition, along with support from Lord Coe, and leading athletes including Paula Radcliffe, cyclist Mark Cavendish, and Arsenal footballer Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, will deliver a copy of the report to the three main parties and 10 Downing Street this morning to discuss the urgent need to address this crisis through a collaborative, cross-party approach.

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Notes to Editors – Over the last six months, the All-Party Commission on Physical Activity has held five evidence sessions to hear from over 40 organisations and individuals across four key sectors – Health, Sport, Transport & Urban Planning, and Education; hosted two evidence sessions for MPs and Peers; and received over 150 submissions of written evidence. Oral and written evidence has been received from individual citizens, and from organisations such as The National Trust, British Athletics, and Public Health England.

Twitter hashtag – The hashtag for the All-Party Commission on Physical Activity report is #ActivityCommission