The Heritage Minister Alun Ffred Jones and Wales’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Jewell have set out plans to get the nation more physically active.
Creating an Active Wales sets out the steps the Welsh Assembly Government will take, with partners, to achieve an active, healthy and inclusive Wales.
The action plan focuses on four strategic aims; to develop a physical environment that makes it easier for people to choose to be more physically active; to support children and young people to live active lives, and become active adults; to encourage more adults to be more active, more often throughout life and to increase participation in sport, by all sectors of the population.
Alun Ffred Jones said:
“We want to make being active the norm and as well as the obvious heath benefits to being active, we want as many people as possible to benefit from the feel-good factor of being physically active.”
“The actions in Creating an Active Wales seek to further support people who are already physically active and provide encouragement for those who are not. The plan has clarified the roles and responsibilities of all partners involved so everyone is clear of what is expected.”
Dr Tony Jewell, the Chief Medical Officer said:
“Increasing physical activity is something that we can all do as part of our everyday lives. It is not expensive to be physically active, it can be as simple as walking instead of using the car for short journeys, or cycling to work instead of taking the bus”
“The health benefits of regular exercise are well-known, and we want to people of all ages, right throughout Wales to become more active.”
Sports Council for Wales Chair Philip Carling said:
“Our vision is for a nation that is hooked on sport. We welcome the action plan as we continue to strive to inspire all people from all walks of life to become and remain active. We look forward to playing a lead role in the future of a healthier, more active Wales.”
The Welsh Assembly Government is working to create an environment that supports physical activity across all parts of society.