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Keep British Summer Time in winter

29th October 2010

Not changing the clocks in the UK would help people stay healthier, according to an expert.

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Dr Mayer Hillman believes that keeping British Summer Time through into winter will help give people more opportunity to exercise outside.

The public policy specialist at the Policy Studies Institute proposes not putting the clocks back in October in one year, but still putting clocks forward in the subsequent spring, effectively placing the UK one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time in the winter and two hours ahead in summer, known as Single/Double Summer Time and adopting the same time as France, Germany and Spain.

With more of the population unfit and rising rates of obesity, he believes the extra daylight would encourage more people to be active outdoors and help improve the nation’s health and fitness.

Writing in the British Medical Journal, Dr Hillman said: “The common reaction to the prospect of less daylight and sunlight when the clocks are put back at the end of October - signalling as it does the end of outdoor activity and the onset of a largely indoor leisure life - is a negative one.

“The additional hours of daylight would considerably increase opportunities for outdoor leisure activities: about 300 more for adults and 200 more for children each year, given typical daily patterns of activity.”

Research shows people are normally happier in the brighter days of summer.

The Department of Health said people can do indoor activities in the winter, like swimming, dance or using the gym.

 

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