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We encourage and enable the inactive to be more active

This outcome is about reducing inactivity in Scotland.  A first step towards achieving this can be supporting people to walk more.  There is no universal agreement about what constitutes low levels of activity for adults or children.  In the indicators we have defined inactivity as less than 30 minutes physical activity per week for adults and less than 30 minutes physical activity per day for children and young people (aged 2-15).  Globally, in 2013 the World Health Organisation developed a new voluntary target for member states to reduce physical inactivity by 10% by 2025.

What works factsheet: Inactive to more active

A more complete summary evidence account for this outcome is available here.

Percentage of Inactive Adults

Inactive adults

In 2016 one in five adults (20%) had very low activity levels , doing less than 30 minutes moderate to vigorous physical activity in a week.

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Percentage of Inactive Children

Inactive children

The proportion of children aged 2-15 years who did less than 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity a day was 8% in 2016.

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Recreational Walking Participation in Adults

Walking

The percentage of adults who walked for more than 30 minutes at a time for recreation was 67% in 2016. Overall, this is an increase of thirteen percentage points from 54% in 2010.

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What works factsheet: Inactive to Active

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Title:We encourage and enable the inactive to be more active
Description:We encourage and enable the inactive to be more active
File:What works factsheet: Inactive to more active. [DOCX, 26.6 kb: 23 May 2017]
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Summary Evidence Account

This account sets out the key evidence that informs our understanding of who the inactive are in Scotland and what works to encourage the inactive to be more active.

Summary evidence account

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Title:We encourage and enable the inactive to be more active
Description:We encourage and enable the inactive to be more active
File:Summary Evidence [DOCX, 46.8 kb: 17 Dec 2014]
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