Government launches new Obesity Plan

The Government has today launched its plan to tackle childhood obesity including details on a Soft Drinks Industry Levy.

Childhood Obesity: A Plan for Action outlines the Government’s goals and actions to cut childhood obesity within the next ten years, a figure that currently stands at a third of children between the ages of 2 and 15.Included in the action plan is more information on the ‘sugar tax’ which the Government announced in the Budget earlier this year. The plan also confirms the commitment the Government made at the Budget to invest the revenue from the soft drinks industry levy, which is targeted at the producers and importers of soft drinks, in ‘programmes to reduce obesity and encourage physical activity and balanced diets for school children’. This will see the doubling of the Primary PE and Sport Premium as well as put a further £10 million a year in to healthy breakfast clubs for schools. The Government has also launched a consultation on the detail of the levy.

The Government has also included in the plan details on how they intendsto increase the duration and quality of physical activity and sport in schools. It recommends that school children should be receiving 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day, in-line with the recommendations of the UK Chief Medical Officers. At least 30 minutes of this should be delivered in school with the remaining 30 minutes supported by parents and carers outside of school time.

To help facilitate this, Government has asked County Sports Partnerships to work with National Governing Bodies and Youth Sport Trust, as well as other national and local providers, to offer high-quality sport programmes to every primary school from September 2017.

The plan also includes:

  • A new healthy rating scheme for primary schools to encourage schools to develop and improve their contributions to the improvement of children’s healthy through their diet and physical activity. This rating scheme will be taken in to account during Ofsted inspections and parent will also be involved in the rating process
  • In addition to inspections, in 2017 Ofsted will undertake a thematic review of obesity, healthy eating and physical activity in schools
  • In early 2017, Government will update the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework to make specific reference to the UK Chief Medical Officers’ guidelines for physical activity
  • Public Health England will produce advice to schools for the academic year 2017/18 on how schools can work with the school nurses, health centres, healthy weight teams and other resources to help children develop a healthier lifestyle
  • Commitment to continued Government investment in walking and cycling to school and the production of a Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy
  • Moves to enable health professionals to support families including strengthening guidance on physical activity for midwives and health visitors

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Cerebral Palsy Sport announce partnership with CP TEENS UK

Cerebral Palsy Sport and CP Teens UK have announced a new partnership to get more people with cerebral palsy and physical disabilities into sport and physical activity.  In doing so we also helping to tackle the issue of social isolation that can often be experienced by people with cerebral palsy and to educate people that those with cerebral palsy can still play & participate and enjoy sport.

Cerebral Palsy Sport is the country’s leading National Disability Sports Charity supporting people with cerebral palsy to reach their sporting potential. Our vision is to support people with cerebral palsy to reach their life potential through sport and active recreation.

CP Teens UK aims to provide connections & friendships for teenagers & young people with Cerebral Palsy as well as provide help, support & advice for teenagers & young people with cerebral palsy, and their families.

Ali Talbot, CEO of Cerebral Palsy Sport said “We are extremely delighted that Cerebral Palsy Sport have developed another unique partnership with our work with CP Teens UK. We have seen first-hand through Ellie’s story how the work of our charity can make such an impact on the lives of young people with cerebral palsy and getting them into sport. We look forward to working with CP Teens UK to develop more opportunities for people with cerebral palsy to take up sport and have fun”.

Ellie Simpson, founder of CP Teens UK, said “I am absolutely delighted that CP Teens UK has formed a partnership with CP Sport. On a personal level, CP Sport is an organisation that has helped and supported me massively and it is extremely close to my heart. I am so excited for this partnership going forward and to ultimately get more people like myself into sport at whatever level they choose.”

Cerebral Palsy Sport is the largest national disability sports organisation supporting people with cerebral palsy reach their sporting potential.  Our vision is that everyone with physical disabilities are able to access a sport(s) of their choice. Our mission is to improve the quality of life of people with physical impairments through the provision of appropriate sport and recreational activities.

For further information and images of sporting activities please contact or call 0115 925 7027

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