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Scottish Government Active Scotland Delivery Plan

Last Updated: 7/13/2018

The Scottish Government has published their Delivery Plan for Physical Activity and Sport with the ambition to cut physical inactivity by 15% across Scotland by 2030, in line with the WHO's Global Action Plan for Physical Activity.

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WHO Global Action Plan on Physical Activity and Health 2018-2030

Last Updated: 7/13/2018

Launched in June 2018 the WHO Global Action Plan on Physical Activity and Health 2018-2030 is aimed at cutting Global Physical Inactivity by 30% by 2030

guidance

Invitation to the Scientific Consensus Meeting for the update of the UK CMO 2011 physical activity guidelines

Last Updated: 4/20/2018

Invitation to the Scientific Consensus Meeting for the update of the UK CMO 2011 physical activity guidelines, held on 20th June, 2018.

policy consultation

Consultation launched on children’s health and physical activity

Last Updated: 3/16/2018

ukactive has launched a new consultation that will help to shape the future of children’s physical activity across the UK. The consultation will focus on developing opportunities in three key areas: the organisations and institutions that children and young people experience, the physical environment that children and young people grow up in and the social environment that children interact with. ukactive wants written evidence which captures the views of children, young people, parents, teachers, activity providers, social workers, policy experts, business leaders, healthcare professionals and anyone else with a stake in children’s health to help plot the next chapter in the health of Britain’s children. The deadline for responses is Friday 1 June 2018. More information is available below:

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Scotland’s Mental Health Charter for Physical Activity and Sport

Last Updated: 2/12/2018

Physical activity through sport or recreation has been proven to have a positive impact on physical and mental health and wellbeing. Supported by funds from Comic Relief, SAMH embarked on a project to understand why people experiencing a mental health problem can find it difficult to participate in physical activity. This was particularly important as there is much evidence to suggest there is a link between regular physical activity and improved mental health. Work on the Charter was launched by SAMH Ambassador, Sir Chris Hoy, in 2016 and was developed through the People Active for Change & Equality (PACE) project with representatives from: NHS Health Scotland Sportscotland SPORTA Scottish Student Sport North Lanarkshire Leisure KA Leisure Glasgow Sport The result is Scotland’s Mental Health Charter for Physical Activity and Sport which sets out how sport and recreation organisations can adopt positive mental health practice to ensure everyone can engage, participate and achieve in physical activity and sport. Read the charter below:

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New Sport Challenge Fund

Last Updated: 1/19/2018

Spirit of 2012 today launches a new Sport Challenge Fund, offering a grant opportunity for a project that opens up sport or physical activity to an under-represented group. Applications are invited from organisations whose work is also focused on improving wellbeing, challenging perceptions towards disability and impairment, and decreasing social isolation. Research from Sport England shows that sport and physical activity can boost mental health, wellbeing and connect people, helping to reduce social isolation. However, the demographics of sport participation do not evenly reflect the demographics of the country, or of the communities where sport is played. The Spirit of 2012 Sport Challenge Fund will award £200,000 to a single project in Wales or England that brings new people together to enjoy being physically active. An essential element of this will be including time for social contact, in order that the project increases the mental as well as physical wellbeing of participants. Our preference will be for applications that focus on a beneficiary group not usually targeted with sports and physical activity provision – including but not limited to disabled people, those with long-term health conditions or an under-represented ethnic group or gender. Interested organisations should submit an expression of interest before 9am on 19 February, 2018. More information can be found here:

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UK physical activity guidelines review

Last Updated: 1/9/2018

The current UK physical activity guidelines were published by the Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) in 2011 and offer evidence-based recommendations for physical activity related health outcomes. A review will be conducted to provide updated practical public health guidelines and develop potential implementation pathways for all groups, from healthcare to communication professionals. Over the next 12 months, six Expert Working Groups (EWGs) will work with key national stakeholders to review the current guidelines and present new recommendations to the four UK CMOs based upon the latest scientific evidence. The groups will comprise of UK and international experts in the field, and will reflect on the four age ranges of UK physical activity guidelines (under 5s, children and young people aged 6 to 18, adults aged 19 to 64 and older adults aged 65 plus). A new CMO Expert Working Group for sedentary behavior across the life course and a CMO Expert Guidelines Implementation and Surveillance Working Group will also be formed. Read more below:

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Paths for All - Community Active Travel Grants

Last Updated: 1/9/2018

The grants aim to empower communities to make changes to paths in their area that will make it easier for people to make every day journeys by active travel such as cycling and walking. They will give priority to projects that: improve paths so it’s easier for people to use them and be more physically active; show people where active travel routes are; provide opportunities and encourage people in communities to work together. The grant will fund active travel routes to schools, to places of work, other popular places within towns and routes that help connect communities. More here:

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Scottish Government consultation on national obesity strategy

Last Updated: 11/17/2017

The Scottish Government is seeking responses to a consultation on a range of actions to improve diet and weight in Scotland. Alongside the launch, it announced funding of £42 million over the next 5 years to expand services. For physical activity, the consultation sets out ambitions to: •increase investment in active travel and link this with efforts to support weight management activity •improve planning systems to create enabling spaces for physical activity •the continuation of existing programmes, eg, Active Schools and Daily Mile to maintain physical activity and a healthy weight. The consultation document asks: How can our work to encourage physical activity contribute most effectively to tackling obesity? The consultation runs from the 26th October 2017 to the 31st January 2018. Download A healthier future - action and ambitions on diet, activity and healthy weight: Consultation document below:

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79% of Scottish Adults take part in physical activity

Last Updated: 10/10/2017

Headline findings from the Scottish Household Survey reveal that in 2016, 79% of adults had taken part in physical activity and sport in the previous four weeks. The rise in physical activity is driven by the rise in recreational walking. Participation in all physical activity and sport remained relatively stable between 2007 and 2010 but recently people have become more active. The Scottish Household Survey (SHS) is a continuous survey based on a random sample of the general population in private residences in Scotland. Questions are asked face-to-face by an interviewer in homes all over Scotland. Read more below:

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Physical activity and the environment (update): Draft guidance consultation

Last Updated: 9/19/2017

The NICE Physical Activity and the Environment Update Guideline is now out for consultation. The consultation closes on 02 October 2017 at 5pm and the documents can be downloaded from the weblink below:

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2017 European Week of Sport

Last Updated: 9/19/2017

The European Week of Sport takes place between 23rd and 30th September and aims to support and promote the benefits of an active lifestyle. The week is based on a key message to be active, using grassroots initiatives to inspire people to take part in regular activity and create opportunities in people’s everyday lives to be happier and healthier through physical activity. Three themed days will take place: • Saturday 23rd: Outdoors - A focus on the benefits and use of green space to get active. • Sunday 24th: Sports Clubs - Open days and taster sessions to increase participation at local clubs. • Monday 25th - Mindful: A focus on the benefits of physical activity on mental wellbeing. To be part of the week you can register your event and use the promotional material supplied to help promote your event. Read more

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Interested in helping young women enjoy sports and physical activity?

Last Updated: 8/18/2017

Spirit of 2012 has recently announced it is accepting applications for the Legacy 2014 Sporting Equality Fund This £300K fund is aimed at community groups which are looking to work with girls and young women who are not currently physically active but want to become active. For more information please click on the link to the fund below. The deadline for applications is 15 September 2017.

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New World Health Organisation Centre for Physical Activity and Health

Last Updated: 7/17/2017

The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated the University of Zurich as the new WHO Collaborating centre for Physical Activity and Health. They will support the implementation of the Physical Activity strategy for the WHO European Region 2016-2025. Over the next four years, the centre will seek to promote physical activity beyond the traditional provision of information, placing an emphasis on reaching people through supportive living environments. This includes doctors and health professionals, urban and traffic planning to support the everyday promotion of physical activity.

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NICE Guideline on Physical Activity and the environment (Update)

Last Updated: 7/13/2017

The economic plan, review protocols and search strategies for this NICE guideline have now been published on the project documents web page which can be accessed below. This information is published for transparency, and to enable stakeholders to prepare for consultation on the draft guideline. The consultation on the draft guideline and its supporting evidence is due to start on 21/08/2017.

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UK Chief Medical Officers issue advice for health professionals on physcial exercise during pregnancy

Last Updated: 6/29/2017

The UK’s Chief Medical officers (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) have jointly released new advice on physical activity for expectant mothers— believed to be the first of its kind in the world. The new recommendations aim to reduce issues such as obesity, diabetes and other health concerns during pregnancy. The latest evidence suggests pregnant women should carry out around 150 minutes of ‘moderate intensity’ activity every week. This is described as ‘activity that makes you breathe faster’ while still being able to hold a conversation. This new advice is being issued in the form of an infographic, aimed at providing midwives, nurses, GPs, obstetricians, gynaecologists, as well as the leisure sector, with the latest evidence on physical activity during pregnancy. Women who have not been active before pregnancy are recommended to follow a gradual progression of exercise—beginning with 10 minute bouts of moderate intensity exercise, gradually building up to 150 minutes. The activity should be spread throughout the week, and it is important to remember that ‘every activity counts’. The new advice was constructed by the CMO Expert Committee for Physical Activity and Pregnancy, which included midwives, obstetricians, exercise physiologist, GPs, Public Health Consultants, Sports Medicine, exercise professionals, nursing and research scientists. The project was led by Professor Marian Knight and Dr Charlie Foster from the University of Oxford. The aim was to produce evidence-based messaging for health professionals to use with the public. The infographic was developed and tested with panels of health professionals and pregnant women before consultation with more than 250 UK based doctors and midwives. Health professionals are encouraged to use this infographic to discuss the benefits of physical activity with all pregnant women, to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle, with approximately 1 in 20 women being recorded as obese during pregnancy. The key points are: - Pregnant women who are already active should be encouraged to maintain their physical activity levels. - Women may need to adapt their activity throughout their pregnancy. For example, replacing contact sports with a non-contact sport or an appropriate exercise class. - Importantly, the evidence supporting this infographic found no evidence of harm for maternal or infant resulting from moderate intensity physical activity. - Those who were not active before their pregnancy are advised to avoid intense exercise, such as running, jogging, racquet sports, and strenuous strength training. But some activities can be adapted. - The final safety message is a common sense ‘don’t bump the bump’, referring to all activities which place pregnant women at an increased risk of injury through physical contact. - The study recommends pregnant women avoid activities where there is an increased risk of falling, trauma or high impact injuries. These include skiing, water skiing, surfing, off-road cycling, gymnastics, horse riding and contact sports such as ice hockey, boxing, football or basketball. They are also discouraged from exercise that requires lying flat on their back after the first trimester. - If you experience breathlessness before or following minimal exertion, headaches, dizziness, chest pain, muscle weakness affecting balance and calf pain or swelling, seek medical advice. Women may also be advised to reduce/stop physical activity following pregnancy complications such as vaginal bleeding, regular painful contractions or amniotic fluid leakage.

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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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Comic Relief's Funding Programme Opens

Last Updated: 4/11/2017

Comic Relief’s Communities and Sport for change funding stream is now open. The Communities and Sport for Change funding programme is looking for grant proposals between £40,000 and £75,000 for up to two years of activity in Glasgow and North Lanarkshire. They want groups to think about what is not working in their community and how sport and physical activity can be used as part of a solution to address the issues. Typical problems might be anti-social behaviour and older people feeling isolated or a lack of community cohesion. Find out more below:

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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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Drive to get older people active in Scotland

Last Updated: 3/31/2017

The Scottish Government and the Care Inspectorate have announced a £1 million drive to help develop and spread work to increase levels of physical activity in older people in Scotland. Older people in care homes across Scotland are set to benefit from a programme to boost physical activity. An improvement programme will run which provides training and development to staff in care services in different areas in Scotland. Local learning events will be held and the programme team will offer support to care services to help increase levels of physical activity in the older people they care for. In Scotland there are 866 care homes for older people, approximately 2,500 care at home/housing support services and many other support services for adults. Developing and spreading work to improve physical activity participation in these care services through the proposed improvement programme supports the Scottish Government’s 2020 vision of maintaining people in their own home or in a homely environment, prevention of ill health and admission to hospital and supporting self-management. Read more below:

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