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Encouraging people to be more active could help prevent and treat more than 20 chronic diseases, increase life expectancy and reduce pressure on the NHS.

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We are promoting physical activity in Scotland by:

Background

The Scottish Health Survey published in 2016 indicated that 63% of adults and 73% of children in Scotland met the guidelines for Moderate or Vigorous Physical Activity (MVPA) in 2015.

A lack of physical activity contributes to nearly 2,500 deaths in Scotland and costs the NHS around £91 million per year, so it’s vital that we tackle the issue.

We set targets and monitor levels of physical activity through the Active Scotland Outcomes Framework.

The National Strategic Group for Sport and Physical Activity helps us to identify steps we need to take to achieve the Framework's targets.

Bills and legislation

In 2012 we introduced the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act to help tackle sectarianism and other football-related offences.

Contact

Email: ceu@gov.scot

Telephone: 0300 244 4000

Post:
Scottish Government
Active Scotland
Area 3J North Victoria Quay
Edinburgh
EH6 6QQ