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CSP welcomes physical activity report

CSP press release published on 8 April 2014

Recommendations published in a report today by the All-Party Commission on Physical Activity are welcome, but immediate action is also needed, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy has said.

Responding to the report, Professor Karen Middleton, chief executive of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, said:

“The scale of the problem demands a significant response and the National Action Plan proposed by the commission has the potential to be just that.

“Physiotherapists are getting people moving, be it at school, in the workplace or in the community, and we welcome the proposals to radically increase activity levels in the future.

“We also need more immediate action, however, and the report is correct to recommend making the least active people a priority.

“Physiotherapists are changing lives through weight management programmes that provide expert treatment, advice and support to people who are obese.

“These services get people taking physical activity in a safe and supervised way to enable them to lead achieve and maintain a healthy weight, but must be made more widely available.

“Commissioning more services of that nature – for adults and children – would make an important contribution to tackling the enormous challenge outlined in today’s report.”

For further media information about the CSP please call the CSP press office on 020 7306 1111, email pressoffice@csp.org.uk. Out of hours please call Becca Bryant, head of press and PR (job-share) on 079172 40819, Jennie Edmondson, head of press and PR (job share) on 07786 332197, Jon Ryan, senior media adviser, on 07917 091200 or Laura Boyd, PR and social media officer, on 07766 994141.

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Notes to editors

  1. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is the UK’s professional, educational and trade union body. We have more than 52,000 members, including chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and support workers.

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