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Exercise

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of (a) men, (b) women and (c) those over the age of 16 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 (i) in total and (ii) broken down by region. (256362)

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 16 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. The data are presented by region for each of the last three years. Data are also provided for the total adult population.

Participation in moderate intensity sport on at least five days in the past week, by adults aged 16 and over

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Men

Women

All adults

Men

Women

All adults

Men

Women

All adults

North East

14

9

12

16

9

12

14

8

11

North West

12

8

10

13

9

10

17

10

13

Yorkshire and the Humber

14

12

13

18

9

13

18

10

14

East Midlands

14

8

11

15

9

12

16

9

12

West Midlands

11

9

10

13

9

11

14

9

12

East of England

15

12

13

13

13

13

15

10

12

London

12

10

11

12

9

10

15

9

12

South East

13

11

12

12

11

11

13

11

12

South West

14

11

13

15

10

12

17

12

15

England

13

10

12

14

10

12

15

10

13

Note:

These figures are survey estimates which will contain a margin of error. For further information about the methodology, a full definition of moderate intensity sport and the confidence intervals around these estimates, see the final assessment of SR04 PSA3 at

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