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02 Nov 2020
Chief medical officer, Chris Whitty, to address the physical activity sector at ukactive National Summit

Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England will address the physical activity sector at this month's ukactive National Summit.

Whitty has been named as one of the headline speakers for the summit, which will be held as a virtual, online event.

His keynote speech will take place on Wednesday 25 November and – ironically – will focus on the importance of the physical activity sector’s role in supporting NHS England and the government’s wider prevention agenda.

Whitty will join other speakers at the summit, which will this year consist of a series of free online sessions taking place every Wednesday throughout November.

The series will kick off on Wednesday 4 November at 2pm with a session titled ‘Political and business leaders: a new vision for physical activity’.

Delegates will hear about the impact of COVID-19 on public attitudes towards health, the importance of cross-sector collaboration to secure lasting behaviour change, and how the pandemic has fast-tracked consumer demand for responsible business.

The session will set the scene for the remainder of the National Summit series, which will explore how the physical activity sector can work with stakeholders across various industries and policy areas to transform the COVID-19 pandemic into an opportunity for societal change.

The next session will take place on Wednesday 11 November, featuring representatives of Sport England, Sheffield Hallam University, Liverpool John Moores University and the Centre for Ageing Better. They will discuss the potential of data and insight to improve public health and wellbeing across the country.

Delegates can expect to hear from panellists about the role of data in identifying ‘what works’ and the measures businesses can put in place to foster a culture of innovation and open data sharing.

On Wednesday 18 November, delegates can register for a session titled ‘Placemaking for better social, economic and health outcomes’ to find out more about the future of our cities, town centres and housing developments.

Keynote speeches for this session will highlight changes in consumer behaviour, and outline the ways in which the physical activity sector can leverage growing consumer demand for health and wellbeing services to its advantage.

The summit will then culminate in the session featuring Whitty, titled ‘Integrated approaches to health and social care’, on Wednesday 25 November.

Huw Edwards, CEO of ukactive, said: “As the sector endures the continued impact of COVID-19, the National Summit will lead a diversity of ideas and views to help our thinking on the future role we play in the communities we serve.

“We’ve brought together a programme of outstanding speakers including the Chief Medical Officer in England, Professor Chris Whitty, that will challenge us, as well as inspire us, to answer the fundamental question of how we react to change.

“We would like to thank our partners at Sport England, who have supported us in bringing the sector together for this important series of events, which I hope as many of you can enjoy and watch online, as well as take part in the Q&A after each session.”

To book your free place at the ukactive National Summit, please visit the National Summit website.


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25 Nov 2020
Carden Park scoops Best New Spa accolade at Good Spa Guide Awards 2020
The Spa at Carden in Northern England has been named the UK’s Best New Spa at this year’s Good Spa Guide (GSG) Awards 2020.
24 Nov 2020
Hall of Wellness Awards 2020 shortlist revealed, with nominations for Marc Cohen, Helena Grzesk and Andrew Jacka
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19 Nov 2020
2020 Global Sauna Forum will take deep dive into benefits of authentic Finnish sauna
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13 Nov 2020
Details revealed for 16th World Leisure Hybrid Congress
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13 Nov 2020
Soak around the world with GWI Hot Springs Initiative's live global bathing event
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12 Nov 2020
Wellness architect Veronica Schreibeis Smith wins Leading Woman In Wellness Award
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11 Nov 2020
2020 Shark Tank of Wellness competition winner hopes to help more people eat ‘food without fear’
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10 Nov 2020
GWS crowns designer protein company winner of first-ever wellness tech innovation competition
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