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DH backs swimming and dancing to fight obesity

11th February 2009

The Department of Health is to encourage family doctors to prescribe physical activity as readily as drugs as part of its “Be Active, Be Healthy” campaign.

The campaign was launched by public health minister Dawn Primarolo and advocates free swimming and a dance working group to help combat obesity. It is estimated that inactivity among individuals costs every PCT in the country up to £5m a year. In addition, a Physical Activity Alliance will pool the resources of the voluntary and private sector to get England moving.

 

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