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400,000+ READERS leisureopportunities 28 OCT – 10 NOV 2014 ISSUE 644 Daily news & jobs: www.leisureopportunities.co.uk PHE launches framework to tackle inactivity


Public Health England (PHE) has published Everybody Active, Every Day, a framework for nationwide action to combat the physical inactivity epidemic. PHE’s latest statistics place inactiv-


ity responsible for one in six deaths in England and put its cost to the coun- try at an estimated £7.4bn a year. Te framework is the first consolidation of national and local priorities, including the Moving More, Living More commit- ment to a physical activity legacy from the 2012 Games, and NICE guidance. The focus on addressing physical


inactivity marks a significant win for ukactive, which has consistently cham- pioned the cause and produced the high-profile report Turning the tide of inactivity. “Tis is the largest and most significant


Leisure providers have a key role to play in tackling physical inactivity PHE has co-produced the framework with


piece of work on physical activity done by PHE since the inception of the unit in 2013,” ukactive CEO David Stalker told Leisure Opportunities. “It is a great indication that physical activity is starting to climb its way to becoming a top tier public health issue.”


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more than 1,000 physical activity leaders and is calling for action from providers and com- missioners to help achieve the goals. It was launched at London’s Kia Oval, where


minister for public health Jane Ellison kicked off the initiative with CEO of PHE Duncan Selbie, Lord Coe and Sport England CEO


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Te £8bn redevelopment of London’s Battersea Power Station has received another boost aſter a Frank Gehry and Norman Foster-designed mixed-use high street won planning approval. Te phase three plans – which will see a new


pedestrian high street running from Battersea Park Road to the existing power station build- ing – feature a new public park and glass cube-shaped community hub building, in addi- tion to bars, shops and cafés, and 1,305 homes. Te pairing of architecture titans Foster and


Gehry follows the work of other well-known practices dRMM, Ian Simpson, Wilkinson Eyre and Purcell on earlier stages of the devel- opment. Gehry is behind designs to the east


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of the new high street, including the striking ‘Flower’ building (pictured), the aforemen- tioned retail offerings and a gym. Meanwhile, Foster’s side includes a hotel and health clinic. Details: http://lei.sr?a=x4D6G


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Jennie Price. To make active lifestyles a reality for all, the framework’s four areas for action aim to: • Change the social ‘norm’ to make physical activity the expectation • Develop expertise and leadership within professionals and volunteers • Create environments that are designed to support active lives • Identify and up-scale successful pro- grammes nationwide. PHE’s executive director of health


and wellbeing, Professor Kevin Fenton, heralded the initiative as the chance to strike a decisive blow against one of the country’s silent killers, paving the way for healthier future generations.


“Physical inactivity is unrecognised as a sig-


nificant health, social and economic burden on individuals and communities in England,” said Fenton. “It is the fourth greatest cause of ill health in the UK, and a leading contributor to rising levels of many long-term conditions, such as obesity, diabetes and dementia.” Details: http://lei.sr?a=a6F8j


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