Partners involved in health in Argyll and Bute launch a new strategy to increase levels of physical activity.
There is something that everyone can do that will have a lasting positive impact on their health; this is taking 30 minutes of physical activity on most days of the week. Physical activity is free and can help people to:
- Live longer
- Have fewer long term health conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure
- Have a healthy body weight
- Feel better emotionally
Not everyone is as physically active as they could be and some people find it more difficult than others to be active, examples include older or disabled people and people who live in remote areas. The new strategy aims to help people to be more active. This includes initiatives in schools, workplaces and healthcare settings.
7 target areas for the new strategy:
1. Maintain provision of physical activity within & beyond the school gate.
2. Facilitate greater levels of physical activity within the workplace.
3. Maintain provision of physical activity within recreational or leisure settings that are inclusive and accessible to all.
4. Support physical activity for older adults and those with long-term conditions.
5. Enhance the promotion of physical activity within healthcare settings.
6. Promote and maintain environments which support rather than hinder physical activity.
7. Facilitate greater partnership working and effective communication.
This strategy has been developed by the Health and Wellbeing Partnership for Argyll and Bute following a consultation exercise in spring 2014.