Healthier, longer lives: The contribution of Sport and Exercise Science Education

It is to the credit of modern medicine and improvements in public health that we are living longer lives. A girl born in the UK today has a 1 in 3 chance of living to 100, and the chance of living to 100 will double in the next 50 years.

However, these headlines give little indication of the quality of life we will be enjoying in later life. It is forecast that older people could spend up to a quarter of their lives in poor health. We must therefore ensure that greater focus is given to expanding healthy lifespan.

This aligns with the Government’s Industrial Strategy, which contains a mission to ensure that people can enjoy at least 5 extra healthy, independent years of life by 2035, while narrowing the gap between the experience of the richest and poorest.

Physical activity is key to maintaining health as we age. Sport and Exercise Science is a critical part of delivering the Government’s healthy ageing agenda. A fundamental component of Sport and Exercise Science is physiology – the science that aims to understand the mechanisms of the living body. It is core to understanding how the human body works during exercise and how it changes as we age. 

A report by The Physiological Society and GuildHE shows that Sport and Exercise Science graduates contribute £7.8 billion to society and the public purse, through higher earnings, added tax revenue and savings to public services.

In addition to these economic contributions, the research carried out by Sport and Exercise Scientists is intimately related to important health outcomes. For example, The “exercise” component of SES includes investigation of the positive and preventative impact of exercise on a wide range of major physical and mental health conditions, including inactivity, obesity, diabetes, cancer, cardiac rehabilitation, and depression.

Join Demos, The Physiological Society and GuildHE to discuss how Sport and Exercise Science education can have a positive impact on society, and lead to healthier, longer lives.

Speakers include:

  • George Freeman MP
  • Dame Julie Mellor DBE (Chair)
  • Nick Chamberlin – Policy Manager, British Cycling
  • Alison Giles – Joint Associate Director of Healthy Ageing, Centre for Ageing Better
  • Dr John Rogers – Sport and Exercise Medicine Consultant, Manchester Institute for Health and Performance


Date: Monday 30th September

Time: 4:15pm – 5:30pm

Venue: Cobden 1, Manchester Central Convention Complex

This event is kindly supported by the Physiological Society

Please note that this event takes place inside the secure zone. You will need a conference pass in order to attend.