Borough activity levels continue to increase
The latest figures for the Sport England Active Lives Survey have been released and it is good news for the borough.
The Active Lives Survey is carried out in every local authority across England and reports back on adults' physical activity levels, looking at whether or not individuals are inactive (less than 30 minutes of physical activity a week), fairly active (30-149 minutes per week) or active (over 150 minutes per week).
The figures, which cover the period between November 2017 and November 2018, show that the adult residents of Basingstoke and Deane have become more active compared to results for the same period from the previous year. 69.8% of people are now reported to be active, 11.6% are fairly active and 18.6% inactive.
This compares to respective figures of 63.6%, 11.6% and 24.8% from the previous period and means that over 9,000 more residents than before are now doing in excess of 150 minutes of physical activity a week.
These results compare favourably with the figures for Hampshire and Isle of Wight (66% active) and England (62.6% active).
Cabinet member for Communities, Culture and Partnerships Cllr Simon Bound said: “We are committed to ensuring that our residents are healthy and taking part in physical activity so this is great news for Basingstoke and Deane.
“Physical activity has many proven benefits in addition to helping with keeping fit and losing weight. Activity can also help with mental wellbeing, offer socialising opportunities and it can also provide a source of enjoyment.
“Although more people are doing physical activity, we recognise that 42,200 residents of the borough are still doing less than the recommended 150 minutes of physical activity a week. The council’s Health and Wellbeing Team will continue to work with local partners in the Basingstoke Sport and Physical Activity Alliance to help towards maintaining this positive trend.”
The Basingstoke Health Walks scheme is just one of many ways to get active locally. Regular walks takes place around the borough each week and you can find the full schedule on the council website at www.basingstoke.gov.uk/healthwalks.