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Volume 476: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration he has given to subsidising participation in physical activity and sport to effect improvements in quality adjusted life years. (205885)

As stated in the “Healthy Weight Healthy Lives: A Cross Government Strategy for England”, the Department is considering a range of different kinds of interventions to tackle the burden of lifestyle diseases. We are in discussions with the fitness industry and other stakeholders about ways in which we can encourage more people to become more physically active. Copies of the strategy are available in the Library.

The Department is building its knowledge of which interventions are most effective in encouraging individuals and families to change their behaviour and will provide resources to seek to pilot and evaluate a range of different approaches to encourage healthy living.