HERG’s research on swimming already making a big splash

Published: Thursday 6 July 2017

Drs Anokye, Stewart and Pokhrel from Brunel’s Health Economics Theme contributed a key chapter to a major new report, Health & Wellbeing Benefits of Swimming, commissioned by the Swimming and Health Commission on behalf of Swim England. It is supported by the Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies. http://www.swimming.org/swimengland/new-report-shows-health-benefits-swimming/

The HERG team’s chapter, Swimming for health and wellbeing: the economic case, partly drew on their previous research on physical activity (PA) and concluded: 

‘Applying the same methodology as Stewart et al. (2015) and following Chief Medical Officer guidance that vigorous PA ‘counts double’ towards meeting PA guidelines (Department of Health, 2011), we estimate that those who swim for recreational or competitive purposes are eight times more likely to meet PA guidelines’.

In launching the report, Swim England also published a report setting out how it had  already begun to address some of the recommendations in the Swimming and Health Commission report, alongside some of the key activities it would like to develop in the future.

In a further example of the impact it’s already making, few days after its publication, Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive of Public Health England, highlighted the report  in his weekly blog: https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2017/06/23/duncan-selbies-friday-message-23-june-2017/?utm_source=Stake16&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=DSF

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