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Doctors are prescribing bicycles as part of a £ 2 billion anti-obesity campaign


Bicycles are prescribed by doctors for patients, and all Brits are offered free £ 2billion driving training to get fat Britain on its bike.

Free repair vouchers worth £ 50 will be issued, and as part of a revolution unveiled today, bike paths will be massively expanded.

Boris Johnson announced that general practitioners in obesity hotspots will be asked to prescribe cycling so that patients can access bicycles through their local practice.

The government's “biggest and boldest plans” to promote active travel offer thousands of kilometers of new, protected bike paths and free bike training for every child or adult.

Boris Johnson is pictured on March 24, 2015 by bike on the streets of London, Britain

The creation of Britain's first zero-emission traffic city and a dozen “Mini Holland” programs that focus on cycling and walking will also be part of the revolution.

Cyclists can receive £ 50 vouchers for bicycle repairs from midnight.

Last night, cycling charities welcomed plans to "radically improve the quality of Britain's walking and cycling infrastructure".

Ministers hope that the new measures will make people active and reduce pollution in cities and towns, which will double health.

Mr. Johnson unveiled the plans and said it was time to change gear to encourage active travel.

He stressed: “From helping people get fit and healthy – and reducing their risk of illness – to improving air quality and reducing traffic congestion, cycling and walking play a major role in overcoming some of the greatest health and environmental challenges that we face.

“But to build a healthier, more active nation, we need the right infrastructure, training and support to give people the confidence to travel on two wheels.

So now is the time to change gear and push ahead with our biggest and boldest plans to promote active travel so everyone can feel the transformative benefits of cycling. "

Today's announcement comes a day after the government launched its new obesity strategy to tackle the country's bulging waistlines.

Officials are trying to take advantage of the growing popularity of cycling during the closure, where the number of people who get on the saddle has almost doubled.

Shoppers cycle Santander bicycles on Oxford Street in London, as non-essential stores in England open their doors to customers for the first time since the corona virus restrictions were introduced in March

Shoppers cycle Santander bicycles on Oxford Street in London, as non-essential stores in England open their doors to customers for the first time since the corona virus restrictions were introduced in March

The program provides for more bike racks at train stations and bus stops to encourage more people to commute to work.

Other measures include strengthening road traffic regulations, improving legal protection, increasing truck safety standards and working with the police and retailers to combat bicycle theft.

Ministers hope that a national e-bike program that gives access to more electric bikes will help those who are less fit or older get back in the saddle.

Secretary of Transport Grant Shapps described it as "a unique opportunity to change attitudes" to make cycling or walking part of the daily routine.

He added, "The measures we have outlined in this revolutionary plan today will do just that. Regardless of your age, your trip, or your current confidence in a bike, there are plans to help and support you."

The first 50,000 Fix Your Bike vouchers will be made available online this evening shortly before midnight, subject to availability.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson walks his dog Dilyn on the Checkers grounds to encourage people to move for better health

Prime Minister Boris Johnson walks his dog Dilyn on the Checkers grounds to encourage people to move for better health

Those who receive a voucher at https://fixyourbikevoucherscheme.est.org.uk – can save £ 50 on the cost of repairing a bike in participating stores.

The government said the vouchers will be released in batches to facilitate capacity management and to monitor the system before it continues to be introduced.

Halfords has stated that customers have thousands of slots a day to bring their bikes to stores and identify potential bugs that the program could fix.

CEO Graham Stapleton said: "We believe that the government's Fix Your Bike voucher program will not only help individuals have more confidence in the maintenance of their bikes, but will also accelerate the cycling revolution."

Official numbers indicate that cycling has increased sharply during the pandemic and bicycle use has almost doubled.

Earlier statistics showed that around six percent of Britons over the age of 16 – 2.8 million – cycle at least once a week.

Xavier Brice of Sustrans Charity for Pedestrians and Cyclists said today's announcement was "a big step forward." He added, "By helping more people leave the car at home for shorter trips, this package of measures will reduce pollution, address the causes of poor health, and improve the safety of our roads."

So far it is unclear where the first emission-free city will be.

Boris & # 39; Sugar tax threat for cakes and chocolate

Cookies, cakes and chocolate could be taxed on sugar if industry doesn't make them healthier, the government warned yesterday.

Ministers said they had not ruled out extending a levy already imposed on soft drink manufacturers to other high-calorie foods and beverages.

Boris Johnson previously waged war on "sin taxes", arguing that Westminster should not dictate eating habits.

However, the long-awaited obesity strategy expected yesterday promised further action if the current sugar, calorie and salt reduction program failed.

The Prime Minister launched the campaign and insisted that the ministers would not be "overly bossy or nannies".

Actions include ending the unhealthy food offering and restricting shop placement.

There will also be a ban on junk food advertising on TV and online before 9 p.m.

The calorie label is displayed on all menus in restaurants, cafes and takeaways with more than 250 employees.

There is also a consultation on calorie labeling of alcoholic beverages sold in shops, pubs and restaurants.

As part of the strategy, GPs are trained to be "healthy weight trainers" and paid to refer patients to weight loss groups.

There will also be a National Health England national campaign to help people eat healthier.

Experts hope that the measures will alleviate one of the UK's biggest health crises and cut the £ 6 billion annual bill caused by obesity-related illnesses.

Two thirds of adults in the UK are either overweight or obese, while one in three children carries excessive pounds when they leave primary school.

The government believes that the greater threat of coronavirus overweight will motivate the public.

However, the National Forum on Obesity said yesterday that not renewing the levy was a "missed opportunity" for ministers. And health fighters said industry should take more responsibility after not cutting sugar in common foods by a fifth by 2020.

The categories include muesli, yogurt, cakes, cookies, sweets, chocolate, ice cream and sweet spreads.

Tim Rycroft, chief operating officer of the Food and Drink Federation, said the government's ambition for a healthier population is right.

But he added, "It is also time to use real money for targeted measures to help those most affected by obesity, rather than relying on measures that hit the headlines."