Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Ceisteanna (213)

Louise O'Reilly

Ceist:

213. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of the implementation of the national physical activity plan; the progress to date on implementing each of the recommendations contained in the plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3417/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

Significant progress has been made on the implementation of the National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP) since its publication in 2016. Progress is being overseen by an Implementation Group, which is co-chaired by the Departments Transport, Tourism and Sport and Health.

A summary Progress Report and a detailed Implementation Report were published in 2017 and can be viewed on the Healthy Ireland website, www.healthyireland.ie  An updated Summary and Implementation Report will be published online in Q1, 2019.

Implementation of the NPAP is being pursued by several Departments and Agencies and is delivering a wide range of physical activity interventions and initiatives such as, for example, the Community Sport and Physical Activity Hubs supported by Sport Ireland and Local Sports Partnerships throughout the country. 

Engagement with key stakeholders to progress individual actions aimed at increasing national participation in physical activity has also been an important part of the implementation of the NPAP. In this regard, it is appropriate to emphasise the multi-disciplinary Stakeholder Forum on the Built Environment which was held last November and which supports key actions in both the National Obesity Policy and the National Physical Activity Plan. 

Implementation of the NPAP is also being coordinated closely with implementation of the National Sports Policy 2018-2027, published in July 2018, as both set out ambitious targets to increase physical activity levels across the population.