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Inquiry into physical activity of children and young people

Receiving evidence

Physical inactivity is considered to be the fourth leading risk factor for mortality. The Welsh Government has previously estimated the cost of physical inactivity to Wales as being £650 million per year. We know that active children are more likely to become active adults and we also know the importance of physical activity in tackling obesity.

 

Within this context the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee is calling for evidence about:

  • What do we know about physical activity levels in children in Wales? How robust is the data on this issue?
  • Differences in gender-based attitudes towards, and opportunities for, participation in physical activity in Wales.
  • The extent to which Welsh Government policies are aimed at whole populations and/or particular groups, and what impact that approach has on addressing health inequalities.
  • Barriers to increasing the levels of physical activity among children in Wales, and examples of good practice in achieving increases in physical activity, and in engagement with hard to reach groups, within Wales, the UK and internationally.
  • Physical activity guidelines and how we benchmark physical fitness in children.
  • Measurement, evaluation and effectiveness of the Welsh Government’s programmes and schemes aimed at promoting physical activity of children.
  • Value for money of Welsh Government spending to promote exercise in children.
  • The role of schools, parents and peers in encouraging physical activity, and the role of Sport Wales, NHS Wales and Public Health Wales in improving levels of physical activity.

 

Following its recent scrutiny of the Public Health (Wales) Act 2017, the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee anticipates that this inquiry will help inform its contribution to the development of the national obesity strategy required by that legislation. This inquiry will also take into account the recommendations of the recently published report of the independent panel review of Sport Wales.

 

Evidence sessions

 

Evidence session

Date, Agenda and Minutes

Transcript

Video

1. Ray Williams

Ray Williams, Holyhead & Anglesey Weightlifting and Fitness Centre

8 February 2018

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2. Women in Sport

Laura Matthews, Senior Insight and Policy Manager, Women in Sport

15 March 2018

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3. Public Health Wales

Dr Julie Bishop, Director of Health Improvement, Public Health Wales

Dr Ciaran Humphreys, Director of Health Intelligence, Public Health Wales

15 March 2018

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4. Estyn

Jackie Gapper, Assistant Director, Estyn

John Thomas, Her Majesty's Inspectors

Anwen Griffiths, Her Majesty's Inspectors

15 March 2018

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5. Academics

Dr Nalda Wainwright, Wales Institute for Physical Activity

Professor Simon Murphy, Cardiff University

Professor Mark Hanson, University of Southampton

19 April 2018

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6. Sport Wales

Sarah Powell, Chief Executive Officer, Sport Wales

Graham Williams, Director of Engagement, Sport Wales

19 April 2018

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7. Disability Sport Wales

Fiona Reid, Chief Executive Officer, Disability Sport Wales

Michelle Daltry, Partnership Manager, Disability Sport Wales

19 April 2018

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8. Children's Commissioner for Wales

Sally Holland, Children’s Commissioner for Wales

Emma Curtis, Policy Adviser

19 April 2018

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9. National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) and Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL)

Rex Phillips, National Official Wales, NASUWT

Tim Pratt, Director, ASCL Cymru

25 April 2018

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10. Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services, the Cabinet Secretary for Education, and the Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport

Vaughan Gething AM, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services

Kirsty Williams AM, Cabinet Secretary for Education

Dafydd Elis-Thomas AM, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport

David Rosser - Head of Sport, Welsh Government

John Pugsley - Head of Arts, Humanities and Wellbeing Branch, Welsh Government

Nathan Cook - Head of Healthy and Active Branch, Welsh Government

13 June 2018

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Business type: Committee Inquiry

Reason considered: Assembly Business;

Status: For consideration

First published: 20/07/2017

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