A national survey, conducted by Sport England in partnership with Public Health England, has found that the concerted efforts of organisations across Cheshire and Warrington has stabilised physical inactivity levels in the sub-region.
Results show that 64.3% of Cheshire and Warrington residents are successfully hitting the recommended 150 minutes of moderate level physical activity per week – an increase of 0.7% over the previous 6 months. This means that there are 487,800 people who are classed as ‘active’ in the sub-region.
It has now been 12 months since Active Cheshire formally adopted the sub-regional strategy to tackling inactivity across Cheshire and Warrington. A huge thank you to the 300+ people who pledged their support to the sub-regional ambitions to tackle physical inactivity, and play a part in improving the health, wellbeing and prosperity for local residents.
The Blueprint to Tackle Physical Inactivity, co-designed by cross-sector partners, set to embed physical activity into all aspects of everyday life by 2040 through five pillars. The whole system approach looks to embed physical activity through Active Workplace, Active Kids (0-11), Activators, Active Minds and Active Design. To date, 112 organisations have taken the Pledge and developed bespoke Active Plans which will influence the habits of more than 58,404 people.
Anne Boyd, CEO of Active Cheshire said: “A huge thank you to the wide range of local partners who are working hard every day to improve the health and wellbeing of local residents. These results show us that the efforts of our partners fighting against a culture of convenience is helping to sustain physical activity levels in our region.”
Anne added further: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank our hardworking partners for helping to bring the local plan to tackle inactivity to life. We have already seen some amazing workplaces, schools, charities, and statuary organisations doing more to empower others to add movement into their day. It’s fantastic to have you all on board.”
Despite the numbers hitting the recommended goals, there are still 179,900 adults doing less than 30 minutes of moderate level physical activity a week, and missing out on the array of benefits not only to health, but broader social and economic outcomes. The challenge in front of us is not only maintaining those who are already active, but also encouraging those classed as inactive to embed physical activity into all aspects of their life and battling against an increasingly convenience-led and sedentary lifestyle.
To find out more about the local plan to tackle physical inactive please click here
To find out more the Pledge and how you can get involved please click here
To find out more about how we are celebrating everyday superheroes in Cheshire and Warrington who have inspired others to move more, no matter how big or small click here