DoH backs swimming and dancing to beat obesity

GPs are being encouraged to prescribe physical activity as readily as drugs as part of the DoH's 'Be Active, Be Healthy' campaign.

It reveals that the cost of inactivity to each PCT is £5m a year.

Launched by public health minister Dawn Primarolo it also advocates free swimming and a dance working group to harness a ‘Strictly Come Dancing fever that has swept the nation’.

2,012 walking routes across England are to be unveiled in the run up to the London Olympics and a Physical Activity Alliance will pool the resources of the voluntary and private sector, such as leisure centres and grass roots organisations, to get England moving.

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