Launch of the ‘Active Scotland Delivery Plan’
The Scottish Government released the ‘Active Scotland Delivery Plan’ on 12 July 2018, which sets out aims to enable people in Scotland to be more active with the key objective to decrease inactivity in adults and teenagers by 15% by 2030. It is one of the first national action plans released following the World Health Organisation’s global plan on physical activity.
The Plan will see nearly £1 million invested in 2017-2018 to support older adults in care to become more active through the ‘Care About Physical Activity’ programme, which has already found significant benefits to the adults involved.
Other initiatives to enable people to get and stay active include:
- working in partnership with sports bodies to encourage participation in sport for older adults, e.g. through walking sports such as walking football, walking netball, etc. (Active Scotland)
- the development of sports hubs in deprived areas
- improving walking and cycle paths
- increasing the Active Travel Budget
Public Health and Sport Minister Joe FitzPatrick, who launched the Plan, explained:
Being physically active is one of the best things we can do for our physical and mental health, whether that’s walking or cycling, gardening, going to a gym or playing sport. It can also transform communities by helping people connect and come together in shared activities.
For further information please visit the Scottish Government website.