Bradford South MP’s call on firms' help to tackle obesity

Bradford South MP’s call on firms' help to tackle obesity

Bradford South MP and former sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe

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Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Parliamentary Correspondent

Companies should bring back their own sports clubs to help tackle the nation’s “inactivity epidemic”, a Bradford MP says.

Gerry Sutcliffe has joined forces with Paralympic legend Tanni Grey-Thompson to draw up a strategy to persuade people to do more exercise.

The report, presented to Prime Minister David Cameron, highlights that more than half of all adults fail to do the minimum amount of exercise recommended by experts.

And it warns up to 37,000 lives are lost prematurely every year – because Britons have become 24 per cent less active over the past 50 years.

Mr Sutcliffe, the Labour MP for Bradford South, a former sports minister, said reversing that worrying trend was a matter for society – not just for the Government.

And he pointed to the declining tradition of companies encouraging their own workers to stay fit and active, to the cost of those firms themselves.

Such firms included Fields Packaging – where Mr Sutcliffe worked – as well as Hepworth and Grandage, International Harvesters and the English Electric Company.

Mr Sutcliffe said: “I can remember when big companies had their own football clubs and sports clubs – they saw it as part of the package they offered to their workers.

“The country’s been through a number of recessions and that’s no longer the case, yet the evidence shows that a healthy workforce is a more productive one.

“The Government has a role to play in making people more active, but this is also about society – about local councils and the health service, as well as private companies.”

A typical worker spends five hours and 41 minutes every day simply sitting at their desk, the inquiry found.

The report, by the All Party Commission on Physical Activity, also calls for: l more transport cash to be spent on walking and cycling – and less on road-building l more “street play areas”, where neighbours can gather and be active together – pioneered in Bristol l ‘breakfast fitness clubs’ and activity breaks in schools – as well as efforts to encourage youngsters to walk, or cycle, to school l a proper way of measuring physical activity – warning it was “almost impossible” to judge which initiatives were successful.

Mr Sutcliffe said a project in Bradford was already tracking the health of 10,000 people in the city from birth, adding: “It should be easy to track physical activity.”

And, asked about his own exercise regime, the 60-year-old said: “I walk to work every day, which takes about 15 minutes, and I still play five-a-side football most weeks.

“I also use the stairs, rather than a lift, when I can. I could do more but – as I approach my 61st birthday – I don’t think I’m doing too badly.”

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7:41am Wed 9 Apr 14

tinytoonster says...

now the bulls are safe i'll crawl out of the woodwork...
dont bother, will be voted out soon i hope!
now the bulls are safe i'll crawl out of the woodwork... dont bother, will be voted out soon i hope! tinytoonster
  • Score: 15

7:44am Wed 9 Apr 14

OLDLAD says...

Here's and ideal. Make people resonsible for their own situations, at the end of the day only they put themselves in the position they are in, no one else.
Here's and ideal. Make people resonsible for their own situations, at the end of the day only they put themselves in the position they are in, no one else. OLDLAD
  • Score: 13

7:52am Wed 9 Apr 14

johnh1 says...

The council should tackle their own obesity never mind bringing a firm in.
The council should start jogging and eating fresh fruit
They don't need a firm to tell them that.
The council should tackle their own obesity never mind bringing a firm in. The council should start jogging and eating fresh fruit They don't need a firm to tell them that. johnh1
  • Score: 14

8:15am Wed 9 Apr 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Gerry, where is our £200k. You haven't said a word about it.
Gerry, where is our £200k. You haven't said a word about it. Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: 14

8:20am Wed 9 Apr 14

bd7 helper says...

Close all the fast foods on great Horton road
That's a start
Close all the fast foods on great Horton road That's a start bd7 helper
  • Score: 21

8:21am Wed 9 Apr 14

bd7 helper says...

Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
Gerry, where is our £200k. You haven't said a word about it.
Thinkin of another scam. Eeerrrrmmmm. Food currys
[quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: Gerry, where is our £200k. You haven't said a word about it.[/p][/quote]Thinkin of another scam. Eeerrrrmmmm. Food currys bd7 helper
  • Score: 17

8:45am Wed 9 Apr 14

pww of idle says...

Must be nearing Election Time for this nondescript to crawl out of the wood once more ! This ex-minister of Sport didn't do anything for this city while in that office, now he's trying to get onto the obesity wagon , maybe shadow obesity spokesperson. Will he start with himself , seems to have put on quite a bit of weight , while living as a champagne socialist over the years !
Must be nearing Election Time for this nondescript to crawl out of the wood once more ! This ex-minister of Sport didn't do anything for this city while in that office, now he's trying to get onto the obesity wagon , maybe shadow obesity spokesperson. Will he start with himself , seems to have put on quite a bit of weight , while living as a champagne socialist over the years ! pww of idle
  • Score: 15

9:09am Wed 9 Apr 14

alive and awake says...

Sutcliffe! he knows all about "sports clubs"
voted out next election for sure.

Leave fat people alone, look at all the VAT they pay.
Sutcliffe! he knows all about "sports clubs" voted out next election for sure. Leave fat people alone, look at all the VAT they pay. alive and awake
  • Score: 10

9:27am Wed 9 Apr 14

gotyasize says...

Great way to tackle obesity through exercise!!! GOTYASIZE FIGHTING FIT!!! In Girlington are doing what they do best and tackle many issues, one of them being obesity. Get down there to get fit!!
Great way to tackle obesity through exercise!!! GOTYASIZE FIGHTING FIT!!! In Girlington are doing what they do best and tackle many issues, one of them being obesity. Get down there to get fit!! gotyasize
  • Score: -6

10:31am Wed 9 Apr 14

Albion. says...

When you see people in the street gorging themselves on fatty, salty rubbish and seemingly at any time of day, I should think a bit more exercise might do some of them more harm than good. It needs to be a complete lifestyle change and unfortunately too many seem to lack the intelligence to stick to it.
When you see people in the street gorging themselves on fatty, salty rubbish and seemingly at any time of day, I should think a bit more exercise might do some of them more harm than good. It needs to be a complete lifestyle change and unfortunately too many seem to lack the intelligence to stick to it. Albion.
  • Score: 12

12:09pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Not so simple says...

Why don't the council close down more youth centres, reduce or end funding for fitness centres....allow more and more takeways and macdonalds to pop up all over the show: oooops I spoke to loud!

Of course your gonna get fatties if they have no jobs, no social lives and no where to eat apart from your local naff takeaway and chip shop!

Again not fit for purpose
Why don't the council close down more youth centres, reduce or end funding for fitness centres....allow more and more takeways and macdonalds to pop up all over the show: oooops I spoke to loud! Of course your gonna get fatties if they have no jobs, no social lives and no where to eat apart from your local naff takeaway and chip shop! Again not fit for purpose Not so simple
  • Score: 3

12:46pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

Open up a fat kid academy Gerry, you can then start another scam in charging the Bulls, via the ever agreeable Bradford Council to fund it. Maybe Green can pocket a bit this time around too.
Open up a fat kid academy Gerry, you can then start another scam in charging the Bulls, via the ever agreeable Bradford Council to fund it. Maybe Green can pocket a bit this time around too. Prisoner Cell Block A
  • Score: 6

1:18pm Wed 9 Apr 14

theoutsider says...

Bratfud is over run with far two many obese people; this diabetes is rife amongst the ethnic population and the NHS is struggling under the weight of it all. Females in particular are a problem who lead (by Western standards) sediatory life styles. Dont trust my word on that though ask the Doctors & Nurses up at the BRI who are loosing the will to carry on.

Gerry's no slim Jim his sen and thats from the former Diminisher of Sport for Labour. Too many Westminster lunches sat around doing bugger all Gerry.
Bratfud is over run with far two many obese people; this diabetes is rife amongst the ethnic population and the NHS is struggling under the weight of it all. Females in particular are a problem who lead (by Western standards) sediatory life styles. Dont trust my word on that though ask the Doctors & Nurses up at the BRI who are loosing the will to carry on. Gerry's no slim Jim his sen and thats from the former Diminisher of Sport for Labour. Too many Westminster lunches sat around doing bugger all Gerry. theoutsider
  • Score: 5

1:41pm Wed 9 Apr 14

yorkshiredude says...

My old man played sports for his place of work in Leeds in the 60s through to the 80s. I think the sport was more of an excuse for a lot of drinking - probably not v. healthy then.

It would make more sense if more money was spent on things like cycling infrastructure, with the companies doing things like putting in cycle storage, showers, lockers etc.
My old man played sports for his place of work in Leeds in the 60s through to the 80s. I think the sport was more of an excuse for a lot of drinking - probably not v. healthy then. It would make more sense if more money was spent on things like cycling infrastructure, with the companies doing things like putting in cycle storage, showers, lockers etc. yorkshiredude
  • Score: 3

1:45pm Wed 9 Apr 14

local0 says...

Why doesn't Gerry get his buddies on the council to stop allowing planning and licensing approvals for more and more fast food businesses. That would be a good start. Look at Great Horton Road. 20+ fast food takeaways within a hundred yards of each other and 10 yards away is Copthorne Primary School. Good example to set by the council for our kids and future generations. The obesity is not the only problem. Gerry and his mates at the council are, in allowing it to escalate to where we are now by allowing the food establishments to do as they wish by allowing planning and licensing approvals.
Why doesn't Gerry get his buddies on the council to stop allowing planning and licensing approvals for more and more fast food businesses. That would be a good start. Look at Great Horton Road. 20+ fast food takeaways within a hundred yards of each other and 10 yards away is Copthorne Primary School. Good example to set by the council for our kids and future generations. The obesity is not the only problem. Gerry and his mates at the council are, in allowing it to escalate to where we are now by allowing the food establishments to do as they wish by allowing planning and licensing approvals. local0
  • Score: 6

5:10pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Rumb7e says...

I would highly recommend:

http://www.parkrun.o
rg.uk/bradford/

Registration is free
You get a chip and a barcode and you get to measure yourself from week to week

Saturdays 9am at Lister Park (alternatives available)
No cost, just enthusiasm and spirit needed

How about it Gerry?
I would highly recommend: http://www.parkrun.o rg.uk/bradford/ Registration is free You get a chip and a barcode and you get to measure yourself from week to week Saturdays 9am at Lister Park (alternatives available) No cost, just enthusiasm and spirit needed How about it Gerry? Rumb7e
  • Score: 1

5:53pm Wed 9 Apr 14

tinytoonster says...

yorkshiredude wrote:
My old man played sports for his place of work in Leeds in the 60s through to the 80s. I think the sport was more of an excuse for a lot of drinking - probably not v. healthy then.

It would make more sense if more money was spent on things like cycling infrastructure, with the companies doing things like putting in cycle storage, showers, lockers etc.
sod the cyclists.
finance you own infrastructure.
[quote][p][bold]yorkshiredude[/bold] wrote: My old man played sports for his place of work in Leeds in the 60s through to the 80s. I think the sport was more of an excuse for a lot of drinking - probably not v. healthy then. It would make more sense if more money was spent on things like cycling infrastructure, with the companies doing things like putting in cycle storage, showers, lockers etc.[/p][/quote]sod the cyclists. finance you own infrastructure. tinytoonster
  • Score: 0

5:55pm Wed 9 Apr 14

tinytoonster says...

i notice no comments on the bulls debt story, well done gerry!!
i notice no comments on the bulls debt story, well done gerry!! tinytoonster
  • Score: 1

6:10pm Wed 9 Apr 14

BierleyBoy says...

There's nothing like leading by example. Wonder when the last time was he saw the inside of a gym or did any exercise....
There's nothing like leading by example. Wonder when the last time was he saw the inside of a gym or did any exercise.... BierleyBoy
  • Score: 3

6:47pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

BierleyBoy wrote:
There's nothing like leading by example. Wonder when the last time was he saw the inside of a gym or did any exercise....
Last time Gerry saw a gym was when he and Khan were looking for stuff to flog at the bulls.
[quote][p][bold]BierleyBoy[/bold] wrote: There's nothing like leading by example. Wonder when the last time was he saw the inside of a gym or did any exercise....[/p][/quote]Last time Gerry saw a gym was when he and Khan were looking for stuff to flog at the bulls. Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: 3

7:58pm Wed 9 Apr 14

alive and awake says...

Sutcliffe is out at the next election for sure. Why didn't he comment on the Rev Flowers.
Sutcliffe is out at the next election for sure. Why didn't he comment on the Rev Flowers. alive and awake
  • Score: 2

12:28am Thu 10 Apr 14

Papa Smurfs Wig says...

I think Gerry has become very unpopular on here but he got into bed with his partner in crime but he did "OK" out if it :-)
I think Gerry has become very unpopular on here but he got into bed with his partner in crime but he did "OK" out if it :-) Papa Smurfs Wig
  • Score: 0

10:50am Thu 10 Apr 14

bignozer says...

Anybody who vote for this man at the next election wants their head examining.
Anybody who vote for this man at the next election wants their head examining. bignozer
  • Score: 0

10:58am Thu 10 Apr 14

yorkshiredude says...

tinytoonster wrote:
yorkshiredude wrote:
My old man played sports for his place of work in Leeds in the 60s through to the 80s. I think the sport was more of an excuse for a lot of drinking - probably not v. healthy then.

It would make more sense if more money was spent on things like cycling infrastructure, with the companies doing things like putting in cycle storage, showers, lockers etc.
sod the cyclists.
finance you own infrastructure.
I do pay tax...
[quote][p][bold]tinytoonster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]yorkshiredude[/bold] wrote: My old man played sports for his place of work in Leeds in the 60s through to the 80s. I think the sport was more of an excuse for a lot of drinking - probably not v. healthy then. It would make more sense if more money was spent on things like cycling infrastructure, with the companies doing things like putting in cycle storage, showers, lockers etc.[/p][/quote]sod the cyclists. finance you own infrastructure.[/p][/quote]I do pay tax... yorkshiredude
  • Score: 0

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