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The important role physical activity plays in improving health is sometimes unrecognised and misunderstood. Currently, physical inactivity is the fourth leading cause of global mortality and ill health in society today. The incidence of diseases such as heart disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes could be decreased if more inactive people were to become active.

Inactivity related illness costs the UK economy more than £5 billion a year and the implications of this are wide ranging. Community-based physical activity interventions such as Active Herts, provide a cost effective, readily accessible option for people to take their first step to a more active lifestyle.

The following resources and publications provide a strong evidence base and further reading for healthcare professionals to learn more.