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Sport England, the Government agency that invests in grassroots sport, is tripling the money it spends to tackle inactivity. With more than one in four people in England doing less than 30 minutes of exercise a week, the Government wants sport to do more to tackle diabetes, obesity and other public health issues. Sport England will now spend 25 per cent of its annual budget, about £60m, on schemes specifically targeted at the inactive.Since we launched the campaign after the Olympics, weve got 1.6m more people playing sport but what we want to do now is to widen that number, Sport England chief executive Jennie Price told Sky Sports News HQ.We want to focus on those people for whom sport really isnt on their radar. Its an interesting challenge and we have some ideas of what will make a difference; it varies for different people.We have some great projects where, for example, trainers have helped women who had never run any distance, to run a half-marathon, so we know it can be done.Investing in people is a particularly good way to do it. Inactivity can happen to anybody of any age and it tends to come when something changes in your routine.Were really interested in children and young people having an interest in sport at a young age because it means they go back to it as adults.The initiative represents a major shift in focus for the agency, as it has spent much of the last decade handing over big cheques to sports national governing bodies (NGBs) for them to spend on projects aimed at getting already-active people to play more organised sport.But figures for sports participation - on a broadly upwards trajectory since London won the bid for the 2012 Olympics in 2005 - have stalled in recent years, prompting many to suggest it is time for a rethink.Price said Sport England would still continue to invest in organised sport via NGBs but the new push on inactivity would inevitably mean a bit less money for sports core market. Also See: Results & Medal Table Photo Galleries Team GB HOUSTON -- Houston Texans owner Bob McNair has received a clean bill of health after a 10-month battle with two forms of cancer. The 77-year-old McNair opened up about his ordeal on Thursday at a news conference attended by family members and his treating physicians at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. "In the past, if you mentioned cancer, people thought its a death sentence," McNair said. "Thats just not nearly the case." McNair says hes dealt with skin cancer for about 20 years. He traces the condition to his youth, when he incurred severe sunburns working as a life guard on a beach in the time before protective sunscreen. Hes been seeing a dermatologist regularly for two decades and says hes had a handful of minor procedures to remove non-cancerous growths on his skin. About six years ago, McNair was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), a form of the disease that originates in white blood cells in the bone marrow. Last fall, McNair noticed another tiny growth behind his left ear and visited his dermatologist again. This time, the growth was cancerous -- a squamous cell carcinoma. McNair underwent surgery on the left side of his head, but the cancer soon returned and in an aggressive form. Dr. Michael Keating, one of McNairs doctors at M.D. Anderson and a CLL specialist, said the CLL helped the cancers progression by weakening McNairs immune system. The Texans went 2-14 in 2013, prompting the firing of coach Gary Kubiak. McNair discovered the severity of his diagnosis about the time he hired Bill OBrien in January. The doctors recommended radiation and chemotherapy and McNair endured 33 rounds of radiation over six weeks and chemotherapy for four. McNair underwent proton therapy, a cutting-edge form of radiation in which cancerous cells are directly targeted, reducing the impact on surrounding cells. Dr. David Rosenthal, a professor of radiation oncology at M.D. Anderson, said the FDA-approved therapy reduces the toxicity and other risks of radiation and is becoming a standard of care for children. "The good news is these things can be dealt with," McNair said. With his immune system compromised more during treatments, McNair was told to avoid public contact. While undergoing treatments, McNair kept in frequent touch with the team by phone with general manager Rick Smith and his son, Cal, the teams chief operating officer. McNair told his players about his situation before organized team activities in May. "Hes always about the team," star receiver Andre Johnson said.dddddddddddd "When he sat down and talked to us as a team, all he could talk about is how much he loves football and its something that he loves being a part of and he wants to win." McNair started feeling the effects of radiation and chemotherapy after four weeks. But McNair said he never really suffered severe symptoms, managing them with medication and the herb turmeric on the advice of former Texans trainer Roberta Anding. "I was fortunate because everybody said youre really going to feel so bad from that," McNair said. "That was not the case." In April, a CT scan showed that the skin cancer was virtually gone. Another test on Monday showed similar results. He first publicly talked about his situation with the Houston Chronicle. "At this point in time, its history," McNair said of the skin cancer. McNair said maintaining a positive outlook was a factor in his recovery. A billionaire who made his fortune in the energy business, McNair pointed out that his treatment has been covered by regular health insurance and available to most cancer patients. "I think, with some people, it (cancer) frightens them and they dont seek treatment," McNair said. "The message is, there is treatment. Weve got great facilities here (in Houston), we have people who will take care of you and deal with these illnesses with great success." McNair has relayed that message to David Quessenberry, an offensive lineman diagnosed with lymphoma in June. The team has launched a T-shirt campaign in an effort to raise $100,000 for the Lymphoma Research Foundation. While his skin cancer is in remission, McNair is not cancer-free. The CLL remains, although he said his white-blood cell count is near normal range. But McNair is easily optimistic, pointing out that his father lived to be 102. But now, hes forced to take a lesser role in the football operation, turning over more responsibility to Cal. "Were in terrific shape," McNair said. "Ill continue being the CEO and continue doing everything I can to put together a winning football team, thats what were all about. Weve won this other battle and now weve got to win the battle of football. "I go to all the games and Ill plan on continuing doing that," McNair said. "I think I will enjoy it more and leave it to other people in the organization to worry more. Ill skip the worrying and take the enjoyment." ' ' '

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