“Exercise Hour” Proposed

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Government will solve obesity in the U.K.:

A radical plan to improve the nation’s health – including a workplace “exercise hour” – has been unveiled by a leading Government adviser.

New figures today show England is the fattest country in the EU. Now Professor Julian Le Grand, chairman of Health England, hopes to encourage people to improve their diets, give up smoking and exercise more.

He proposed the introduction of a smoking permit, which smokers would be required to show each time they bought tobacco. It is then their choice to go smoke free and not buy a permit.

Companies with more than 500 staff would have an “exercise hour”. Employees would have to deliberately choose not to join in. The proposalsare the opposite of the Government’s approach which requires people to opt in to healthy lifestyles. Instead it would be up to them to make the unhealthy choice.

One can only hope that the “exercise hour” will complement my National Exercise Initiative.

10:04 am on October 23, 2007