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Diabetes in Parliament: 30 May – 3 June

Exercise – DCMS – Lord Pendry

Tue, 31 May 2016 | House of Lords – Written Answer

Asked by Lord Pendry Asked on: 18 May 2016 Department for Culture, Media and Sport Exercise Lords HL44 To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of research that shows that lack of physical activity is negatively affecting more people than obesity, whether they have a strategy on how to support grassroots attempts at getting citizens to take part in more and sustained physical activity.

Baroness Neville-Rolfe Answered on: 31 May 2016

Government is determined to tackle physical inactivity. Around one in two women and a third of men in England may be damaging their health through a lack of physical activity. Ministers across government continue to work together to identify opportunities to get people active in a range of ways including active travel, health initiatives, planning and sport.

In December 2015 Government published ‘Sporting Future: A New Strategy for an Active Nation’ – the first comprehensive government strategy for sport for 13 years – it sets out a new vision for a successful and active sporting nation. It has a strong focus on reaching inactive people and helping them to get moving in ways that suit them.

Sport England’s new strategy ‘Towards an Active Nation’, published on 19 May, states that tackling inactivity is a major priority for the organisation, it is tripling its current investment to over £250 million over 4 years, making it the largest single national investor in tackling inactivity.

Grouped Questions: HL43


Exercise – DCMS – Lord Pendry

Tue, 31 May 2016 | House of Lords – Written Answer

Asked by Lord Pendry Asked on: 18 May 2016 Department for Culture, Media and Sport Exercise Lords HL43 To ask Her Majesty’s Government in what ways they are targeting the entire population to encourage them to take up physical activity, and not just those who are overweight or obese.

Baroness Neville-Rolfe Answered on: 31 May 2016

Government is determined to tackle physical inactivity. Around one in two women and a third of men in England may be damaging their health through a lack of physical activity. Ministers across government continue to work together to identify opportunities to get people active in a range of ways including active travel, health initiatives, planning and sport.

In December 2015 Government published ‘Sporting Future: A New Strategy for an Active Nation’ – the first comprehensive government strategy for sport for 13 years – it sets out a new vision for a successful and active sporting nation. It has a strong focus on reaching inactive people and helping them to get moving in ways that suit them.

Sport England’s new strategy ‘Towards an Active Nation’, published on 19 May, states that tackling inactivity is a major priority for the organisation, it is tripling its current investment to over £250 million over 4 years, making it the largest single national investor in tackling inactivity.

Grouped Questions: HL44


Breastfeeding: Obesity – DH – Dr Sarah Wollaston

Wed, 1 June 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

Asked by Dr Sarah Wollaston (Totnes) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ensure that the benefits of breastfeeding will be included in the upcoming obesity strategy.

Answered by:
Jane Ellison
Answered on: 01 June 2016

Our Childhood Obesity Strategy, which will be launched in the summer, will look at everything that contributes to a child becoming overweight and obese.


Exercise – DfE – Philip Davies

Thu, 2 June 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

Asked by Philip Davies (Shipley) To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make an assessment of the effectiveness of the Active Movement programme implemented by Public Health Berkshire; and if she will roll that programme out to other parts of the country.

Answered by:
Edward Timpson
Answered on: 02 June 2016

We want all pupils to be healthy and active and we welcome schemes such as Active Movement, which encourage pupils to participate more in physical activity. However, there are currently no plans to assess or roll out the Active Movement programme to all schools. This Government gives schools the freedom to choose how to use the primary PE and sport premium to improve their PE and sport provision. PE remains a compulsory subject at all four key stages in the national curriculum. The national curriculum sets out the expectation that pupils should be physically active for sustained periods of time.

Through the primary PE and sport premium, the Government has provided over £450 million of ring-fenced funding to primary schools to improve PE and sport[1]. As announced in the 2016 Budget, revenue from the soft drinks industry levy will be used to double the primary PE and sport premium to £320 million a year from September 2017, enabling them to further improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport they offer.

This is part of a wider government commitment to cut obesity rates; linking in to work across Whitehall, including DCMS’ recent Sports Strategy and DH’s forthcoming Childhood Obesity Strategy (expected to be launched in summer 2016).

[1] Across the academic years 2013/14 to 2015/16.

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