It is widely accepted that sport and physical activity can have a positive impact in a number of areas on our physical and mental health, and importantly, on preventing health problems.
Physical activity can help reduce obesity, help people to socialise, engages us in the local community, help health bodies to communicate with hard-to-reach groups and can help improve mental wellbeing, to name just a few.
The Government recognises that regardless of age, income, educational level, social group or where people live a physically active life can give us great physical and mental benefits.
Despite these obvious benefits, it seems that community sport organisations and physical activity providers and the health sector do not always work together. Often they operate in separate silos, use their own jargon, measure success in different ways and generally do not create the synergy which could improve results in so many ways and optimise the outcome.
At the same time, there are a number of case-studies where local authorities, patient organisations, healthcare professional and research bodies, NHS healthcare providers, sports organisations, community groups, GP practices, workplaces and physical activity providers have developed and delivered innovative and efficient initiatives by creating shared values, through dialogue and engagement.
This conference is not about policies and strategies. It focuses on best practice and provides thoughts, tools and to-dos. Real stories and successes to be told, lessons to be learnt, ideas and experiences to be shared on how to create a healthier Scotland by getting more people, more active, more often.