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Lazy Brits get 5m fitness boost


Wednesday August 14th 2013

More than a quarter of UK adults do not even exercise for 30 minutes a week, according to public health minister Anna Soubry.

Ms Soubry made the statement as she announced a £5 million Government investment in encouraging people to do more exercise.

She did add that more than half of adults do the recommended 2.5 hours per week, but also that data shows only a third of boys and a quarter of girls are active for a minimum of 60 minutes a day, the recommended amount for children.

The Olympics and Paralympics were cited as inspiration to get active and healthy as part of their legacy, and Ms Soubry said: "We want to do everything we can to help people lead longer, healthier lives, which is why for the first time ever, we've given local authorities increased and ring-fenced budgets to tackle public health issues in their local area."

Three initiatives will share the £5 million investment, with £3 million going to Change4Life Sports Clubs, £1.1 million going to Street Play, which encourages families to play street games together, and various walking initiatives will share the remaining £1 million.

Change4Life Sports Clubs already operate in 8,000 areas around the country and its investment will concentrate on regions with the highest current rates of childhood obesity.

Copyright Press Association 2013

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