In Wales physical activity is included in a number of national and organisational policies. These include; Climbing Higher, Creating an Active Wales, the Active Travel Act, Sport Wales, Every Child Hooked on Sport, Play Wales, The Right to Play, Healthy Schools, Future Generations, and the National Health Service Together for Health a five-year strategy for the NHS in Wales.
The Welsh Government’s Our Healthy Future is a framework that sets the future strategic direction for public health in Wales, to tackle the causes of ill health and promote the factors that contribute to better health and wellbeing. The framework focuses on key priority areas such as health and wellbeing through the life course, improving mental wellbeing and reducing health inequalities.
The problem to date is that policy has not resulted in an increase in physical activity in Wales for the past 10 years. Moreover there are a significant proportion of the population who report doing no activity of moderate intensity at all.
The following policy documents were used in assigning a grade to this indicator: Climbing Higher, Creating an Active Wales, the Active Travel Act, Sport Wales, Every Child Hooked on Sport, Play Wales, The Right to Play, Healthy Schools, Future Generations, the National Health Service Together for Health, and the Welsh Government’s Our Healthy Future.
Local policies were not considered in the grading process due to time and resource constraints.
After extensive discussions, the Research Work Group concluded that the grade for this indicator would remain the same as in the 2014 Report Card. The grade was based on the findings that: a) at Governmental and quasi non-governmental levels there is still evidence of leadership and commitment to provide physical activity opportunities for all children and youth; b) there are allocated funds and resources for the implementation of strategies to promote physical activity for all children and youth; c) the Government has demonstrated progress through the key stages of public policy making; d) Wales still has a number of key national and organisational policies that include physical activity and are making cross-government efforts to integrate them. With the exception of the proportion of children and young people ‘hooked on sport’ the Research Work Group also recognised that policies and strategies had not yet increased physical activity and that inequalities in physical activity remain.