Ireland is rapidly becoming unfit and obese. A recent study in the Lancet showed that one-third of Irish children are now overweight compared to one-fifth of US children and one-tenth of those in the UK are obese. 

The 2016 Irish Life Health Schools Fitness Challenge highlighted the stark observation that teenage girls are in particular an issue being 41% less fit than boys.  This trend lack of participation in exercise is continuing into adulthood with only 32% of Irish adults are meeting physical activity recommendations. This statistic mirrors the fact that two-thirds of Irish over 65s have at least one chronic disease such as diabetes.

It is time for new thinking and energy into get both our children and adult participation in sports and exercise by see how municipalities can nudge citizens to make full use of existing resources and facilities to help get Ireland’s health back on track.