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31 Oct 2019
Ukactive National Summit kicks off: party leaders challenged to commit to improving nation’s health

The physical activity sector has called for the UK's party leaders to commit to improving the nation's health in their election manifestos.

The appeal was made by ukactive chair, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, during the opening of the annual ukactive National Summit, which is being held in London today (31 October).

Speaking to an audience of 600 leaders and policymakers from across the health, fitness, sport, leisure and business sectors, Grey-Thompson said the forthcoming general election will offer parties an opportunity to “invest in the optimism” of the physical activity sector.

She revealed that she had written to the leaders of the Conservative Party, Labour Party, the Liberal Democrats, the SNP and the DUP, asking them all to address four policy calls in their upcoming election pledge. These are to regenerate the high street through physical activity, opening schools as community hubs during holidays, improve accessibility to active travel and to support older adults to access physical activity.

"A General Election is coming and political parties are finding it hard to read the public’s voting intentions," Grey-Thompson said.

"And what does this mean for us as a sector and ukactive as your representative body?

"We must frame our arguments on policy and regulation in a way that appeals to people’s hearts as well as their heads.

"Over the coming weeks and months, the team at ukactive will intensify its engagement with the main political parties, encouraging and insisting on commitments that support both the growth of our sector and the health of our nation.

“I've written to the leaders of the main political parties requesting a number of commitments within their General Election manifestos.

"These requests will establish a new relationship with our sector in a new political environment.

“What do we want modern Britain to look like? If our sector is going to flourish and thrive – if it’s optimism is going to be realised – it needs an environment that supports it and provides people with the opportunities to be physically active.”

This year's National Summit features a long list of high-profile keynote speakers, including Health Secretary Matt Hancock, Olympic gold medallist Dame Jess Ennis-Hill, former Cabinet Secretary Lord Gus O’Donnell and Chair of the Royal College of GPs, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard.

• To follow live updates from the National Summit, follow HCM Editor Liz Terry on Twitter: @elizterry


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01 Jun 2020
Global Wellness Day 2020 to be celebrated in over 150 countries via 24-hour live stream
Due to the global pandemic, there has been a renewed focus on health and a spotlight shone on wellness. On 13 June 2020 the ninth annual Global Wellness Day will be hosted using a 24-hour live stream to highlight the importance of wellness.
13 May 2020
ISPA Conference and Expo rescheduled to help industry focus on reopening preparations
The International Spa Association (ISPA) has announced it has rescheduled and relocated the 30th annual ISPA Conference and Expo.
13 May 2020
We Work Well launches web-based meeting platform for digital buyers event
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, a plethora of industry events and conferences have been cancelled and rescheduled to avoid risk the spread of the virus.
01 May 2020
Gerry Bodeker, Marc Cohen and Anna Bjurstam to speak at virtual International Ayurveda and Yoga Conference
Spa brand Subtle Energies has announced that this year’s International Ayurveda and Yoga Conference will be hosted online with free entry for all.
29 Apr 2020
Belgin Aksoy says COVID-19 is a wakeup call
In the era of coronavirus and lockdown, people all around the world are turning to wellness for support and comfort. On 13 June 2020 the ninth annual Global Wellness Day will be hosted to emphasise the importance of wellness and taking care of ourselves.
24 Apr 2020
Euphoria launches five-week virtual retreat inspired by Greek mythology
Holistic Greek destination spa, Euphoria, has announced the launch of a free five-week immersive virtual retreat inspired by Greek mythology and the five elements.
20 Apr 2020
Fourth World Wellness Weekend aims to draw more people to the wellness cause
This year’s fourth World Wellness Weekend (WWW) is aiming to shake up perceptions of wellness and help incorporate wellness into more people’s routines.
18 Apr 2020
HOTel&SPA 2020 cancelled – next event will be May 2021
Vladi Kovanic, director of VK Organisation – organiser of Forum HOTel&SPA – has cancelled the event for 2020.
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