Public Health England targets £7.4bn cost of physical inactivity

24 October 2014

Public Health England has published a framework to address the national physical inactivity epidemic, which is responsible for one in six deaths and costs the country an estimated £7.4 billion a year.

It aims to change the social norm to make physical activity the expectation, develop expertise and leadership within professionals and volunteers, create environments to support active lives, and identify successful programmes nationwide.

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