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Health benefits of golf highlighted in Parliament

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The health benefits of golf – which include helping people to live longer and improve their wellbeing – have been highlighted to Parliamentarians.

Dr Roger Hawkes and Dr Andrew Murray, from the Golf and Health project, told the All-Party Parliamentary Golf Group about research which aims to get more people playing.

Dr Murray said: “It is clear that golf has overall health benefits, which for many years have been underplayed. Golf can provide health benefits for people of all ages and backgrounds, providing moderate intensity physical activity.

“This has a key role in improving life expectancy, helping to prevent major chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart attacks, and improving mental health.”

Dr Murray, the project’s lead researcher from the University of Edinburgh, and Dr Hawkes, Executive Director for Golf and Health and Chief Medical Officer at the European Tour Golf, spoke to Peers, MPs and associate members.

Afterwards, the group vice-chair, Baroness Nye of Lambeth, said: “Golf is a sport for people of all ages, and I hope that the findings of the Golf and Health project can help to improve the public image of the sport and increase support for golf among policymakers.

“The Parliamentary Golf Group is committed to growing the game, and I also hope that the clear health benefits of golf will help to drive increased participation in the sport.”

Group co-chair Stephen Gethins MP, welcomed the work of the Golf and Health project. “Golf clearly plays an important role in maintaining a healthy, active population, and I look forward to seeing further research from the project on areas such as the mental health benefits of golf, physical benefits to older players and the positive effects of spectating.

“The Parliamentary Golf Group will continue to work closely with the project to ensure that the health benefits of the sport are clear to policymakers.”