Even with the weather being as cold as it was at times, I hope you all managed to take part in some form of physical activity to keep you warm and well!
I’m sure that it is a very busy start to the year for many of you- as it is certainly for us!
Last year with your help we achieved a lot of successes and aim to continue and build on this in 2015. We have a number of key deliverables which we aim to take forward in growing the network and making the case for physical activity participation across the nation with your continued support.
Some of you may already be aware that we are hosting our next Physical Activity Network Partners forum on 9th March 2015 (13:00-15:30) in central London and hope that you are able to attend. You will soon receive an invitation to the forum so please mark this date in your diaries!
These network events are very beneficial to us in that we value your contribution and hearing about your experiences of the Responsibility Deal as well as the feedback you provide us in moving forward.
In addition, we are working closely with many partners from various sectors to help us disseminate the message of physical activity and how to implement this in daily lives whether as an employer, a customer or a local authority. Leading organisations from industry are giving us a wealth of support to tackle the public health challenges that we face today.
With this is mind, we have set ourselves some targets which we aim to achieve over the next few months such as publishing the Physical Activity Network (PAN) toolkit on the RD website to aid partners and potential partners in signing up to the Responsibility Deal.
We also have an ambition to significantly increase the number of signatories to the network and simultaneously increase the number of pledges our existing partners are achieving. We have some 700 pledges from our 300 plus members and at my speech at the Responsibility Deal plenary meeting with the Minster Jane Ellison MP, I advised the group of the millions of people our PAN members reported they have supported in improving their activity levels.
We are determined to maximise the work of the network by pooling strengths, expertise and resources from current partners as well as seeking help from leading trade associations and the health care provider sector.
So it is a very busy time for the Physical Activity Network and we are optimistic that by working in partnership you can help us create an environment that helps people to live more healthily.