LATEST SURVEY RESULTS SHOW WE ARE NOT GETTING ANY MORE ACTIVE IN GLOUCESTERSHIRE

LATEST SURVEY RESULTS SHOW WE ARE NOT GETTING ANY MORE ACTIVE IN GLOUCESTERSHIRE

LATEST SURVEY RESULTS SHOW WE ARE NOT GETTING ANY MORE ACTIVE IN GLOUCESTERSHIRE

For immediate release LATEST SURVEY RESULTS SHOW WE ARE NOT GETTING ANY MORE ACTIVE IN GLOUCESTERSHIRE

The latest, national survey results from Sport England released last week, show that the number of people in the county who are inactive has not changed in the last 12 months. This compares to a more positive picture across England where the number of inactive people has fallen by around 116,000. The annual Active Lives survey, conducted across England, monitors the weekly activity levels of 185,000 adults over 16 years of age. Active is defined as 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity a week and is the guideline for health from the Chief Medical Officer. Gloucestershire’s Activity Levels vary slightly across the county, with the Forest of Dean being the only district to show a positive significant shift on the previous 12 months. (Topline breakdown by district at the end of this release, with the full report to be released by Sport England in 2019). The benefits of regular physical activity have increasingly been promoted across England, highlighting those who are active having better ‘life satisfaction’, a positive link between activity and mental wellbeing. The benefits of activity to physical wellbeing include reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes by up to 40%, and reducing the risk of cancer, dementia, stroke and heart disease. Active Gloucestershire is a county-based charity whose aim is to ‘make everyone in Gloucestershire active every day’. This summer the charity has started working with a wide range of organisations in the county to start building a movement within the population towards increased activity levels. One success so far includes Gloucestershire’s ‘Beat The Street’ initiative, in which 10,000 people took part and 8% of those who were previously inactive, became active following the game. Jan Bowen-Nielsen, the charity’s new Chair of Trustees said ““I have seen what a positive difference even a small amount of exercise can do for individuals and I’m excited to have joined Active Gloucestershire to help the county become more active. I can however also appreciate that it can be difficult to find the time to and there may be other social, economic and physical barriers. We are bringing together public, private and charity organisations across the county to encourage and help inactive people become active and remove some of the barriers that may be getting in the way of a more active lifestyle. If individuals or organisations, active or inactive, would like to join our movement, or share their success stories in improving activity levels in the community please do email us via our website”. — ends —

Sources: 1 https://www.sportengland.org/media/13558/active-lives-adult-may-2017-18-report.pdf 2 www.activegloucestershire.org.uk

Active Lives Survey Results for the period May 2017-May 2018 (source: Sport England) Inactive Fairly Active Active England 25.2 (down 0.4% points) 12.5 62.3 Gloucestershire 22.7 12.1 65.2 Cotswold 21.6 12.5 65.8 Cheltenham 22.4 11.2 66.4 Forest of Dean 20.8 12.3 67.0 Gloucester 27.8 12.1 60.1 Stroud 20.4 12.2 67.5 Tewkesbury 22.1 12.5 65.4

Definitions ‘Active’ - more than 150 minutes of exercise a week, ‘Fairly Active’ - less than 150 minutes but more than 30 minutes a week, ‘Inactive’ - less than 30 minutes exercise a week.

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