The nationwide campaign ‘Fit in 14’ was launched on Wednesday of this week by Commonwealth Games and Sport Minister Shona Robison. It will encourage Scotland’s workplaces to get more active by making physical activity a part of everyday lives.
This campaign forms part of Scotland’s first ever National Physical Activity Implementation Plan, A More Active Scotland – Building a Legacy from the Commonwealth Games, which is published online. The hope is that this year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow will inspire Scots to become more active and create a lasting legacy and healthier nation.
The reasons for tackling physical activity are compelling:
- It results in around 2,500 premature deaths in Scotland each day
- Costs the NHS around £91 million annually and is the second biggest cause of mortality
- Being active can help prevent and treat more than 20 chronic diseases
- It is estimated that getting Scotland more active would increase life expectancy by over a year.
The Plan has been developed in consultation with NHS Health Scotland and other key partners and focuses around 5 areas: Environment, Workplace Settings, NHS & Social Care, Education Settings and Sport & Active Recreation, identifying key milestones within these for a 10 year period after the Games this July.
Organisations of all sizes across Scotland are being encouraged to get involved in the legacy campaign ‘Fit in 14’, with small and simple ways to improve the health and wellbeing of employees at the heart of the campaign.