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The competition, instigated

he need to engage politicians in exercise

by The Physical Activity

has inspired the

Alliance (PAA), is initially

launch of a new global

open to all members of the US Congress, their DC

physical activity initiative.


Global initiative to engage politicians in exercise

congressional staff and

Kicking off in the US, the new Congressional Physical

interns, with the inaugural

Activity Challenge will aim

Congressional challenge

to highlight the importance

taking place from April

of making exercise more

26 to May 26 this year. Each participant will be

accessible and inclusive. US HOUSE OFFICE OF PHOTOGRAPHY

given an MZ-Switch heart rate monitor – supplied by fit tech firm Myzone – to use during the event. The challenge was

The challenge will start in the US and aims to go global

announced at a recent Physical Activity Congressional Briefing,

Even during a pandemic, it’s critical that we work to encourage physical activity Ron Kind

Congressman Ron Kind,

antidepressants ever invented

where the PAA introduced its

representing Wisconsin, said:

priorities and discussed the

“Being physically active is

importance of federal efforts to

one of the most important

it is critical that we work to

increase physical activity in the

lifestyle behaviours we can

encourage physical activity as

US and its wider ambition to

engage in to maintain our

we recover from the virus.”

raise the profile of exercise with

physical and mental health. It’s

politicians around the world.

been said that one of the best

is good old-fashioned sweat. “Even during a pandemic,


up with the Youth Sport Trust to develop a new online resource



port England has teamed


New Active Recovery Hub to help get children active

designed to help more children become physically active. Called the Active Recovery Hub, the initiative will provide schools, local

Teachers have told us they recognise the importance of physical activity

authorities and families access to free resources, designed to encourage children to reach the Chief Medical Officer’s target of

The new platform allows schools search for activities by age

Ali Oliver

taking part in 60 minutes of physical activity a day. The new platform allows


Ali Oliver, chief executive of the Youth Sport Trust,

be active and recover their

but they have so much on

wellbeing after the pandemic.

their plate at the moment,

“Teachers have told us they

we want to make it simple

schools and parents to

said the platform will make

search for activities by

it easy for schools to access

recognise the importance

age and the time of day

age-appropriate content so

of physical activity and the

they want to get active.

children can be helped to

outdoors in children’s recovery,

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