Dance classes are to be provided by the National Health Service in a drive to tackle plummeting fitness levels and a national obesity crisis.
In a campaign to be launched by ministers this week, GPs will hand out questionnaires to determine how much daily exercise their patients take. People who reveal a sedentary lifestyle could be prescribed a range of activities funded by NHS trusts, including street-dancing, tango classes and trampolining.
The move follows a number of pilot schemes across the country which have succeeded in getting people off the couch and motivating them to take more exercise. They have achieved success across the generations, from obese children to underactive pensioners. Now Caroline Flint, the Public Health minister, is to roll out the scheme across England and Wales.
Look, you're just giving ideas to our hyperactive health minister, Andy 'I run the occasional 10K' Kerr. If I want to live a sedentary lifestyle, then on my head be it. And it won't cost the health service as much as would be caused by the twisted ankles and heart attacks attributable to tango dancing in the streets...