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Exercise: Children

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 134435, tabled on 8 January 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps his Department has taken to encourage exercise among 13 to 17 year olds.

Answered on

13 January 2021

The Government published ‘School Sport and Activity Action Plan’ in July 2019, to provide children with greater opportunity to do 60 minutes of sport and physical activity every day inside and outside school. This is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/children-to-have-greater-opportunity-to-access-60-minutes-of-physical-activity-every-day

In addition, Public Health England (PHE) published the update of ‘What Works in Schools and Colleges to increase Physical Activity’ in July 2019. This revised document presents a framework of eight principles for schools and colleges to follow when taking a whole school approach to increasing physical activity. This is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-works-in-schools-to-increase-physical-activity-briefing

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Department of Health and Social Care
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