There needs to be a sea-change in the approach of Britons to physical activity, the health secretary says. Andy Burnham said the public needed to face up to the challenge of taking more exercise as research shows Britain is one of the least active in Europe. To help achieve the goal, a host of partnerships have been set up with the private and public sector as well as TV stars to promote physical activity. The programmes include everything from dancing to swimming. Britain is 21st out of 32 European countries – behind the likes of Bulgaria and Latvia – in terms of the amount of physical activity which people regularly do, government research shows. The recommended amount of exercise is one hour every day for children and 30 minutes at least five times a week for adults. But a recent survey by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy found two thirds were failing to hit the target with a fifth saying they only exercised once a month or less. Regular exercise means people are up to 50% less likely to be at risk of major chronic disease such as coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer.
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