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Physical Activity

The Scottish Government's over-arching policy objective is to make Scots active for life. We want to get and keep more Scots active help Scots be the best by dealing with a spectrum of physical activity - helping those who are inactive at one end, to supporting elite athletes at the other.

By aligning sport and physical activity more closely together, the links between the two will be strengthened. The Scottish Government's sport and physical activity strategies continue to play an important role in setting out the detail of what needs to be delivered on the ground.

The Scottish Government has made Physical Activity a new national indicator to reflect its importance. Physical inactivity contributes to nearly 2,500 deaths in Scotland and costs the NHS around £91 million per year. It is a health challenge that the Scottish Government is passionate about taking on. An annual investment of £3 million is aimed at increasing physical activity, including those furthest away from meeting the physical activity guidelines - teenage girls and older adults. This is in addition to National Programmes such as Active Schools, which provided over five million opportunities for young people to be physically active.

An annual investment of £3 million is aimed at increasing physical activity, including those furthest away from meeting the physical activity guidelines - teenage girls and older adults. This is in addition to national programmes such as 'Active Schools', which provided over five million opportunities for young people to be physically active.