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New physical activity guidelines

New physical activity guidelines have now been published by the four UK Chief Medical Officers, covering:

early years;
children and young people;
and older adults.

This is the first time UK-wide physical activity guidelines have been produced and represents the first time guidelines have been produced in the UK for early years (under fives) as well as sedentary behaviour, for which there is now evidence that this is an independent risk factor for ill health.

Physical activity should be encouraged across the population, with the latest evidence showing there is a clear link between physical activity and chronic disease. The new guidelines offer more flexibility for achieving the recommended levels of physical activity.

To read the related Department of Health news story click here.

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