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Exercise

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of (a) men and (b) women over the age of 18 years who have participated in at least 30 minutes a day of moderate intensity physical activity on five or more days of the week in each of the last three years. (252810)

The Taking Part survey is a continuous household survey providing national data on participation in culture, leisure and sport.

The following table shows the percentage of men and women aged 19 and over who have participated in at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity level sport on at least five separate days in the past week.

Participation in moderate intensity sport on at least five days in the past week, by adults aged 19 and over

Percentage

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Men

12

13

15

Women

10

10

10

Note that these figures are survey estimates which each sit within a range.

For further information about the methodology and a full definition of moderateintensity sport, see the final assessment of SR04 PSA3 at:

http://www.culture.gov.uk/reference_library/publications/5653.aspx