Jeremy Hunt has been announced as the headline speaker for ukactive’s National Summit 2018, where he will share his vision on the role of physical activity in supporting the National Health Service.

The Health Secretary’s appearance represents a landmark moment for the sector, as the NHS celebrates its 70th anniversary.

The prevention agenda has never been more important, with the strain on the NHS building amid a growing physical inactivity crisis which claims 37,000 lives in the UK every year and costs the economy an estimated £20bn.

Hunt will address leaders from the health, physical activity, sports and charity sectors at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster on 12 September, where last year’s Summit drew 700 delegates.

By joining the event, he follows in the footsteps of Government Ministers Penny Mordaunt, Dr Phillip Lee and Tracey Crouch in 2017, NHS CEO Simon Stevens in 2016 and former Health Secretary Andrew Lansley in 2015.

The National Summit focuses on bringing the public, private and third sector together to collaboratively ensure physical activity is at the heart of the preventative public health agenda.

This year, the Summit will move from plotting the role of physical activity as the “golden thread” in solving society’s greatest challenges, to a focus on delivery – as part of ukactive’s work to make 2018/19 a year of action.

With several major reports from the ukactive Research Institute under development to further support policy calls, ukactive has set out a comprehensive agenda for the sector’s marquee policy event.

Throughout the day, speakers and panellists will tackle a broad range of subjects where physical activity can have a positive impact: combatting loneliness and supporting an ageing society, shaping the health of children and young people, improving the wellbeing of the nation’s workforce and providing deeper connections within communities.

As well as addressing everything from childhood obesity to inclusivity, the Summit will explore opportunities in the UK’s devolved countries, regions and administrations; and the role of the sector in preventing crime and supporting the rehabilitation of offenders.

Other speakers soon to be announced include senior figures from the worlds of sport, health, politics and business.

CEO of ukactive Steven Ward: “ukactive has been leading the policy calls for Government to focus the public health agenda on prevention and by joining the National Summit Jeremy Hunt has made a significant step to engage on this issue and the role of physical activity.

“This year’s Summit promises to provide clear delivery goals for physical activity across the broadest spectrum of societal challenges, from securing the future of the NHS to tackling a host of social challenges across the whole of the UK.
“I urge anyone with a stake in our nation’s health and prosperity to join us for National Summit 2018 – the people you meet will help you to shape the future of public health in this nation.”

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