Sun, 24 January 2021

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm GMT

How To Design and Lead an Active Life

Prof Harry Rutter in conversation with Peter Walker

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Movement is fundamental to human wellbeing, and our modern sedentary lifestyles are a health catastrophe. Find out how to turn yours around with scientist Harry Rutter and journalist Peter Walker.

Sedentary living now kills more people than obesity. Scientists call activity ‘The Miracle Pill’ – if you could turn incidental daily movement into a drug, it would be the most valuable pill in the world.

Most people know physical activity is good for us. And yet 1.5 billion people around the world are so inactive they are at greater risk of everything from heart disease to diabetes, cancer, arthritis and depression, even dementia.

How did we get here? Daily, constant activity was an integral part of humanity for millennia, but in just a few decades movement was virtually designed out of people’s lives, fetishised as chore — “exercise” – or a pursuit reserved for an elite athletic minority.

Public Health scientist Prof Harry Rutter and Guardian journalist Peter Walker are here to offer a template for change. Drawing on Harry’s experiences leading the English National Obesity Observatory and contributing to the development of the WHO’s Global Action Plan on Physical Activity, and Peter’s experiences transforming his own life and health, they will deliver a walk-up call.

It’s never too late to start pursuing a physically active and healthy lifestyle. In this livestream event, you’ll discover how to banish your sedentary lifestyle for good.

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Peter Walker

Guardian correspondent, commentator and broadcaster

Peter Walker is a political correspondent with the Guardian, and a commentator and frequent broadcaster on issues including politics, active living and health.  He has written a previous book about the many benefits of everyday cycling, Bike Nation: How Cycling Can Save the World, which is how he became fascinated by the problem of inactive lifestyles. As a journalist he has reported from countries including North Korea, China and Iraq, and is now based in parliament.

Professor Harry Rutter

Professor of Global Public Health, University of Bath

Prof Harry Rutter is professor of global public health at the University of Bath. He was the founder director of the English National Obesity Observatory, and among other roles chaired the UK NICE programme development group on walking and cycling; is a member of the NHS England net zero carbon expert panel; and is an adviser to the World Health Organisation where he contributed to the development of the Global Action Plan on Physical Activity.