Help for people to be more active28th April 2008
More than 70 groups have asked local election candidates to support plans to encourage children and adults to take more exercise.
The groups want candidates to promise to put 10% of their transport budget into exercise schemes. Currently less than half a per cent of such budgets are devoted to similar schemes.
The campaigners include the Association of Directors of Public Health and the Ramblers' Association. They have stated that money invested in health schemes could lower serious disease rates and improve mental health.
The campaigners have written a report which says that a 20mph speed limit should be standard in residential areas and traffic regulations should be strictly imposed.
They have also called for more cycling routes to be built and to ensure "ambitious targets" are set in order to get more people walking and cycling.
The report mentions the fact that "two generations ago" children were able to play in the street and adults could socialise there.
"In many continental cities and towns this is still true, but in the UK it has become unconventional, and worthy of disapproval, for parents to let their children play out in the street."
Dr Tim Crayford, of the Association of Directors of Public Health, said that in order to combat the growing obesity problem: "We need to see a visible investment in infrastructure that makes cycling and walking the travel modes of choice for people across the country."
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Title: Help for people to be more active
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 6538
Date Added: 28th Apr 2008