One million more men: the Men's Health Forum physical activity and sport challenge

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Men's Health Forum
Men's Health Forum
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1 June 2010
Men's health week; 2010
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Social welfare
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This policy briefing, for Men's health week 2010, looks at means of increasing physical activity among men and of tackling sedentary lifestyles. The Government aims to get two million adults more active by 2012. Sport England wants to get one million adults taking part in more sport by 2012/13. Men's Health Forum (MHF) is setting a more specific challenge: they want to see government, the NHS, local government, sports organisations, charities and others working together to help one million more middle-aged men in England achieve the Chief Medical Officer’s minimum recommended levels by 2012. One million is not a randomly chosen number: it represents the number of men aged 35-64 who will need to change their behaviour if minimum activity levels in this age group are to rise to the level currently achieved by men aged 25-34. This would mean that about 50% of men aged 35-64 would be active at minimum levels by 2012.