There has been much discussion recently of growing levels of obesity, especially among children and young people, and of the need to address this as a matter of urgency. The NCA has written to the Secretaries of State for Children, Schools and Families, Health, and Culture, Media and Sport, to draw their attention to the potential role for dance in tackling obesity.
Dance can have a positive effect on health and fitness in all age groups and is a popular form of physical activity among young people. Dance gets young people active and healthy, and appeals to many who are unwilling to take part in competitive sport.
The Dance Manifesto, produced by the NCA and Dance UK in consultation with the dance sector in 2006, cited research showing the increasing popularity of dance among young people, and of its importance as a physical activity for girls, many of whom drop out of sport. Dance remains among the five most popular forms of physical activity and believes that this can be developed further.