Saje Impact was proud to attend the ukactive National Summit in Westminster last week alongside passionate physical activity advocates, pursuing a collecting goal of an active society.

The ukactive National Summit is the biggest gathering of physical activity stakeholders from across the UK, delivering ambitions for a healthy, active nation with physical activity at the heart of the preventative health agenda.

The 2017 edition of the National Summit examined how society can harness the power of sport and physical activity with thought-provoking keynotes from some of sport, fitness, government and education’s industry leaders including Professor Grey Whyte OBE, Lawrence Dallaglio OBE and Sports Minister Tracey Crouch MP.

The Summit focused on how the sector should deliver the vision of an active nation practically and at pace, to get more people more active, more often. Physical activity was discussed as being one of the solutions to the collective health and wellbeing of the nation, and its role in supporting issues such as an ageing society, social cohesion, and shaping the future health of children and young people.

ukactive Chair Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE, DL used her keynote speech to call for urgent action to combat the physical activity crisis:

Physical activity is the golden thread that runs through society. It’s how we can help our children deal with many of the issues that they face. It’s how we can help an ageing population. It’s how we can be a preventative frontline to the NHS. Activity is so important and we need to raise it up the agenda so people understand that importance. It is time to bring policy back in line with our values, with our health, and our well-being.

The clear messaged emerging from the Summit was that physical activity has the potential to tackle some of the biggest challenges faced by society and it is our collective duty to work collaboratively to get the nation active.