Shropshire Health and Wellbeing Board adopted the ‘Year of Physical Activity’ as its focus for 2015-16.
Why did we choose the Year of Physical Activity?
Physical inactivity is the fourth largest cause of disease and disability in the UK, with approximately one in two women and a third of men damaging their health through lack of physical activity. The population trend shows an increasing rate of physical inactivity. This is unsustainable and costs the UK an estimated £7.5 billion a year.
A wealth of evidence shows that an active life is essential for physical and mental health and wellbeing at every age.
The solution is clear: everybody needs to become more active, every day. Getting the population of Shropshire active everyday will only happen if we involve all sectors, and to make real and lasting change we need to take a long-term evidence-based approach, and embed physical activity in the fabric of daily life, making it an easy, cost-effective and ‘normal’ choice in every community.
The Health and Wellbeing Board held its Launch Event for the Year of Physical Activity. The event was well attended by a wide range of professionals.
What are the next steps?
The Health and Wellbeing Board is now developing its strategy for reducing physical inactivity.
Keep checking back for further updates. We look forward to sharing updates and involving you in the work.
If you have any questions, please contact Miranda Ashwell, Public Health Lead for Physical Activity at Help2Change Shropshire on 01743 453537.