01 Apr, 2007 Last updated: 04 Dec, 2014

Despite sports of all kinds emerging over the last 50 years, we’ve seen a steep decline in the amount of time allocated to sport and physical activity. People are less active than they were, and this is playing havoc with our health.

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Despite sports of all kinds emerging over the last 50 years, we’ve seen a steep decline in the amount of time allocated to sport and physical activity. People are less active than they were, and this is playing havoc with our health. So wouldn’t it seem logical that the connection between sport and public health would be as tight as a rugby scrum? That public health strategies would include sports and active recreation as an important element in tackling obesity and other health issues? Unfortunately, it isn’t happening to the degree necessary and although mutual understanding between the sectors is increasing, there remains much work to be done. In this issue of VicHealth Letter we explore some of the challenges of a public health/sport partnership. We also highlight some of the best examples of how sport is attracting more participants and promoting healthy environments.