Public Health England (PHE) has published a two year update on Everybody Active Every Day – the national physical activity framework. The framework was published in October 2014 setting out the need for action across four key domains at national and local levels – active society, moving professionals, active environments and moving at scale.
Between 2013 and 2015-17, there has been a 1% increase in the proportion of the population meeting the UK physical activity guidelines, representing half a million people. While this figure appears small, the report acknowledges that mobilising a nation takes years to achieve significant and sustained changes.
The report features our physical activity evaluation and scale up fora, a series of national events to bring together academics, providers, commissioners and practitioners within local areas to discuss how they can collaboratively plan, deliver and evaluate evidence based physical activity programmes and roll out what works at scale.
The report outlines areas of progress since 2014 across the four domains.
- Release of the governments new sport strategy – Sporting Future which set out five new high level outcomes recognising the breadth of the benefits of sport and physical activity.
- Release of Sport England’s strategy – Towards an Active Nation – which broadens funding allocation away from sport towards projects and organisations that can tackle inactivity.
- Bangkok Declaration on Physical Activity for Global Health and Sustainable Development – outlining six strategic areas for investment and action at country, regional and global level to help countries progress towards the World Health Organization target of increasing physical activity by 10% by 2025.
Below is a brief overview of the progress against the four key domains:
1. Active society
There has been a visible shift in national policies to incorporate physical activity including those outlined above and the draft cycling and walking investment strategy and the childhood obesity plan. National agencies have also utilised social marketing to create a social movement where being active is the social norm, eg, Change4Life, One You and This Girl Can.
2. Moving professionals
The childhood obesity plan identifies the need to support healthcare professionals to have the skills to engage with families. New Movement for Movement resources have been published to integrate physical activity and health education into the undergraduate medical curriculum. The Clinical Champions programme has seen healthcare professionals providing peer to peer training to support brief interventions in routine clinical practice.
3. Active environments
Publication of active design guidance by PHE and Sport England to target planners, health professionals and developers which outlines ten principles that bring together health, design and planning evidence. There has also been an increase in the realisation of the commonality between environments that support physical activity and addressing air pollution and environmental sustainability.
4. Moving at scale
There is work underway on producing ‘Promising practice 2’ to collate and review local case studies to identify ‘what works’. In addition, a new physical activity data tool was launched to support local areas to connect with the range of physical activity data to look at the trends over the year.