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Minister launches physical activity drive

Record funding of £12m for physical activity initiatives in schools, workplaces, homes and across communities has been announced.

Over the next three years the extra funding will help expand a wide range of programmes including outdoor exercise sessions in parks, lunch time walks for workplaces and walking groups in deprived communities. It will be used to bolster public awareness of the benefits of physical activity when incorporated into everyday life.

Part of the national physical activity strategy, the funding will help deliver long-term targets for improving physical activity in Scotland. By 2022, 50% of adults and 80% of children are expected to meet international recommendations for daily levels of physical activity, with adults doing at least thirty minutes most days of the week and children doing one hour each day of the week.

Visiting the Play@Home project in Fife, which promotes physical activity in early years and is due to be rolled out nationally this year thanks to the funding boost, Minister for Public Health Shona Robison said:

"Generally as a nation we are not active enough and the increasing problem of unhealthy weight, particularly in children, is a real concern. For adults, just thirty minutes a day, five times a week, is the recommended amount.

"It is important that we continue to encourage everyone, especially young people, to realise the benefits of physical activity and incorporate it into their daily routine. Evidence shows that these healthy patterns of behaviour can stay with a child for life."

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