In Parliament yesterday I took part in a debate on the threat that physical inactivity has on public health.
There is a wealth of evidence that clearly shows an active life is essential for physical and mental health and wellbeing. A number of diseases, including cancer and diabetes, are affecting an increasing number of people at an earlier age, as are conditions such as obesity, hypertension and depression. Regular physical activity can guard against such conditions. We must enable people to take control of their current and future health.
More than 20 years ago a programme with the local public health organisation was set up and it was called Thurcroft Healthy Hearts. From that programme came the Thurcroft Walking Group, its members are elderly people who have been meeting once a week to walk together, which has been to their general benefit. We need more of these initiatives in our society.