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Sustrans launches new five year strategy

Last Updated: 5/19/2017

Sustrans has launched a new five-year strategy addressing the challenges of today and setting out a concrete pledge to make it easier for people to walk and cycle. The strategy has three areas of focus: 1. connecting people and places through routes and networks for leisure and everyday utility trips 2. creating liveable neighbourhoods, by working with communities to turn their streets into lively, people friendly neighbourhoods, and ensuring that new developments have walking and cycling at their core 3. transforming the school run and commutes by working with schools and employers to make it easier for people to walk or cycle for regular journeys. Read more:

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National Charity Partnership launches challenge to help people kick start healthier habits

Last Updated: 5/19/2017

The Tesco, Diabetes UK and BHF national charity partnership has revamped and relaunched its online Goal Setter tool to give people extra support to change their lifestyle. The Let’s Do This 8 Week Challenge allows users to set and track their health-related goals over an eight-week period. It gives users a more tailored experience and is designed to encourage lasting lifestyle change. Goals focus on everyday changes, such as becoming more active and improving diet. The 8 Week Challenge also contains achievable fitness tips, healthy recipes health-related inspiration to keep people motivated. Read more below:

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Development of a draft global action plan to promote physcial activity

Last Updated: 5/19/2017

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has published plans for the development of a Global Action Plan on Physical Activity to be presented to the World Health Assembly in May 2018. An overview of the process for developing the global action plan is below. • May 2017 - A zero draft of the global action plan to include the proposed vision, strategic objectives and set of actions/interventions for all relevant stakeholders. • June 2017 - A technical advisory group will convene to review the zero draft and the output will be a first draft of the plan. • July-September 2017 - An open, web-based consultation on the first draft of the plan and, where feasible, regional consultations with member states. The contributions will be used to develop a second draft. • September 2017 - A consultation with the United Nations agencies in Geneva on the second draft and the contributions will be used to develop a third draft. • October 2017 - Submission of the third draft to the WHO Department of Government Bodies for processing and translation, in time for consideration by the WHO Executive Board in January 2018 • March 2018 - Member state will consider the draft global action plan • March 2018 - Submission of the final draft to the WHO Department of Governing Bodies • May 2018 - Member bodies to consider the final draft. More information can be found on the World Health Organisation website:

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The Heart of an Active Nation

Last Updated: 4/11/2017

The Sport and Recreation Alliance has released its new strategy for 2017-2021 called The Heart of an Active Nation to create a vibrant sport and recreation sector which is fit for the future. The strategy outlines its ambition to create a vibrant sport and recreation sector reflecting the changing demographics, environments, resources and technologies that are happening. The vision of the strategy is an active nation through sport and recreation. It describes a world that the alliance wants to see, because of the important role of sport and recreation on physical and mental wellbeing, the economy and the development of society. The strategy sets out four objectives which will be the main focus of work and receive the majority of resources: Demonstrate the economic and social value of sport and recreation. Make sport and recreation volunteering more representative and more accessible. Work together with the sector to improve the availability, accessibility and quality of sport and recreation for children and young people. Make our members and us fit for the future. The full strategy can be downloaded below:

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Keep active to beat the ‘January Blues’

Last Updated: 2/17/2017

The Tesco National Charity Partnership is calling on people to be active to beat the January Blues by using its online motivational tool to get active. The partnership commissioned a survey which found: •eighty-two percent of UK adults report feeling down in January, with many attributing these feelings to dark nights, lack of money and cold weather •three in ten say going for a walk or a jog helps improve their mood, but only 14 per cent actually do it •nearly two-thirds of respondents (64 per cent) said they would like to find more time to exercise •nine in ten people agree that being active can help to reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes and heart and circulatory disease, but almost half (46 per cent) admit they lacked motivation. •adults reported spending an average of 88 minutes a week on moderate exercise such as walking or cycling. The National Charity Partnership’s online goal setter allows people to set and monitor their health-related targets and encourages them to keep going and achieve their goals.

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Weekend warriors’ still get important health benefits

Last Updated: 2/17/2017

New research from Loughborough University, University of Leicester and University College London, has found that people who cram all of their weekly exercise into one or two sessions, eg, at the weekend have a reduced risk of death from any cause of cardiovascular disease. The study included data from 63,591 participants, which was taken from the Health Survey for England and the Scottish Health Survey between 1994 and 2012. Participants' activity levels were classified as inactive, sufficiently active, weekend warriors or regularly active. Researchers examined the association between their physical activity patterns and the risk of death, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Compared with the inactive group, all groups saw a reduction in risk of death and cardiovascular disease. The researchers conclude that: “Weekend warrior and other leisure time physical activity patterns characterised by one or two sessions per week may be sufficient to reduce all-case, cardiovascular and cancer mortality risks regardless of adherence to prevailing physical activity guidelines”. The full journal article can be accessed below:

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World Day for Physical Activity on Wednesday 6th April

Last Updated: 2/15/2017

World Day for Physical Activity will take place on Wednesday 6 April 2016. “Active Child; Healthy Adult” is this year's central theme. Celebrate by organising an event and/or activity that encourages individuals and various community groups to be active. Register your event on the website to contribute to the log of activities taking place across the world. These events can be publicised by downloading promotional posters from the World Physical Activity Day website.

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Transport Statistics, Great Britain 2016

Last Updated: 1/10/2017

The Department of Transport has released the latest statistics on travel habits in the UK revealing that 22% of all trips in the UK were made by walking in 2015. However, walking and cycling trips have declined since 1995/97. Main findings: •The average distance a person walked in 2015 was 185 miles – equivalent of the distance from London to Manchester. •44% of children aged 5-10 years and 37% of children aged 11-16 years walk to school. •15% of adults in England cycled at least once a month. The full survey can be accessed from the link below:

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Interactive body map: physical inactivity and the risk to your health

Last Updated: 1/10/2017

A new interactive body map brings together scientific evidence on the links between a lack of physical activity and risk of disease. The map allows users to click on coloured dots around the human body to reveal the risk posed by inactivity. For example, clicking on the lungs reveals that there is a 35% higher risk of getting lung cancer if you are physically inactive. You can also filter by disease or condition type. The full interactive map can be downloaded below:

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Children's activity across the globe

Last Updated: 11/23/2016

Report cards on the physical activity of children and youth across the world have been released revealing how countries compare in getting their youth active. Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance was responsible for organising the cards which graded countries on nine common indicators, overall physical activity, organised sport participation, active play, active transportation, sedentary behavior, family and peers, school community and the built environment and government strategies and investment. The cards reflect standardised grading across countries ranging from A= excellent to F = failing. In the UK, the grades given for overall physical activity are: England D Scotland F Wales D There is no data available for Northern Ireland.

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Sport and Mental Health - Young People

Last Updated: 11/23/2016

Sport and organised exercise should be used to promote better mental health for young people (aged 14-25 years) is the conclusion of a new report published by StreetGames and the Association for Young People’s Health. Young people are most commonly affected by anxiety and depression, eating disorders, conduct disorder, substance use disorder, ADHD and autism. However, this new review shows that the benefits of sport for mental health include preventing problems from arising and promoting positive youth development to treat mental health problems once they exist. The new literature review examines the connection between young people’s mental health and sport participation focusing on the prevention and treatment of mental health problems. Its aim was to find out which components of sport seem to be linked to good outcomes, and what is known about the potential mechanisms.

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Benefits of green space on health

Last Updated: 11/23/2016

Areas with more accessible green space are associated with better mental and physical health, according to a new POSTnote by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST). The POSTnote is a research summary of the physical and mental health benefits of contact with nature. Research into the public health benefits of urban green spaces has focused on three main areas: physical activity, mental health and exposure to nature as a treatment for some conditions. The POSTnote found that there is a link between people’s physical environment and their activity behaviour, with those living closer to a green space being more likely to use it. Those living closest to green areas have also been found to have reduced levels of mortality, obesity and obesity related illness.

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World Walking

Last Updated: 11/23/2016

World Walking celebrated its third birthday in October 2016. Developed simply to motivate people to walk more, World Walking now has over 15,000 active users of all ages in over 50 countries around the world. This free and easy online system can be used by individuals and groups, anytime, anywhere. and can be used in conjunction with Fitbit and Jawbone activity trackers as well as the Apple Health Kit. Getting started is simple. Just join the website, or download the app on your smartphone, choose your virtual walk... and go!

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Prof Chris Oliver awarded the Sir Alexander Morison medal

Last Updated: 10/25/2016

Prof Chris Oliver awarded the Sir Alexander Morison medal

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National NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme

Last Updated: 7/19/2016

Thousands of people in England at high risk of type 2 diabetes in ten areas will soon start to benefit from the first National NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme.

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UK Faculty For Public Health call on transportation

Last Updated: 7/19/2016

The Faculty of Public Health has called for a major shift away from cars in favour of walking, cycling and public transport.

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Living Streets research highlights benefits of walking

Last Updated: 5/23/2016

To coincide with National Walking Month Living Streets have published research relating to the benefits of walking.

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Living Streets launch Try20 campaign

Last Updated: 5/23/2016

National Walking month Living Streets has launched its Try20 campaign

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Sport Duty of Care Review: Call for Evidence

Last Updated: 4/20/2016

The Government has asked Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson to lead a review into the Duty of Care sport has towards participants.

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This Girl Can - One Year On

Last Updated: 2/3/2016

2.8 million women aged 14-40 who recognised the This Girl Can campaign have done some or more activity as a result according to independent research.

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