Eliminating inactivity could cut mortality rates by over 7% – Noone
Dublin Senator Catherine Noone has called for substantially more investment in the promotion of physical activity following a study claiming eliminating inactivity would cut down mortality rates by almost 7.5%.
The Europe-wide study was which was carried out by the University of Cambridge and published in the American Journal of Clinical nutrition said that 676,000 deaths each year were down to inactivity.
“Since I took up office, I have been actively campaigning for promotion of physical exercise and the reduction of obesity – especially childhood obesity.
“This new research however has reinforced how imperative it is to promote physical exercise. According to the Schools Fitness Challenge 2015 – a fitness study of 13,000 Irish students – an unacceptably high number of 15 to 16-year olds boys are showing the early onset of heart disease.
“I believe investment in cycling infrastructure to make our streets safer to cycle to school or place of work would be an excellent first step in eliminating the scourge of inactivity.”