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NHS Confederation - Welsh Health Survey results

Helen Birtwhistle, Director of the Welsh NHS Confederation commented on the Welsh Health Survey.

“Figures from the Welsh Health Survey (http://gov.wales/statistics-and-research/welsh-health-survey/?lang=en) show that that a significant number of us are either overweight or obese and are not taking part in enough physical activity. This is not only having an effect on our own health and wellbeing, but is also placing significant demand on our health service.

“The potential benefits of becoming more physically active are well documented and include reducing the risk of many chronic conditions, improving self-esteem and interacting with local communities.

“People do not have to be dedicated sportspeople to reap these benefits. Just taking part in a small amount of physical activity a few days a week can have lasting positive effects.

“The vital link between health and sport is why the Welsh NHS Confederation signed a memorandum of understanding with Sport Wales. This partnership demonstrates a commitment from both sectors to come together to promote healthier living and improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Wales.

“While change will not be realised overnight, through our work with our members and Sport Wales we are working to encourage people of all ages to enjoy more active and healthier lives and take more personal responsibility for their health which will, in turn, help to secure the future of the health service.”

For further information or media requests, please contact Leah Bryant, PR Manager for Sport Wales, on 029 2033 8272 or Leah.Bryant@sportwales.org.uk

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