Health Secretary calls on NHS to make promotion of active lifestyles core business and not a peripheral concern.

The UK must move from ′relegation candidates to play-off contenders′ in the international physical activity league tables to improve health and cut costs – that’s the message from Health Secretary Andy Burnham today as he set out his vision for a fitter England.  In his speech, the Health Secretary called on the NHS to make the promotion of active lifestyles “core business and not a peripheral concern”. Health professionals should see improving activity rates and getting their patients moving as central to their work.  This builds on the Olympic legacy and aims to move Britain up the European league table in terms of physical activity. Britain is in 21st place in Europe when levels of physical activity are compared.

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