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National Physical Activity Plan for Ireland


Get Ireland Active

Subject Keywords: Physical activity, Exercise, Obesity, Overweight, Sedentary behaviour, Lifestyle
Topic: Chronic Conditions
Chronic Conditions
Catalogue: Policy
Policies, Strategies & Action plans
Type: Report
Region: Republic of Ireland

There is strong evidence to support the multiple benefits of physical activity to health and wellbeing. It promotes healthy growth and development in children and young people. It contributes to cognitive function. It is important for healthy ageing and helps to maintain quality of life and independence when we grow older. It is also a preventative factor for many non-communicable diseases.

This Plan focuses on different types of actions, some immediate and some more long-term and sustainable solutions, which recognise that behaviour change is complex, challenging and takes time. This does not merely focus on overcoming deficits but concentrates on solutions and strengths and reshaping the environment for physical activity.







Rights: © Government of Ireland
Suggested citation:

Get Ireland Active. (2016) National Physical Activity Plan for Ireland [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 22nd February 2020].


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