Survey aims to help Brummies be more active

By on 24/03/2016 in News

Health chiefs want to know what Brummies do to stay active.

In the week when NHS England unveiled plans to get people at risk of type-2 diabetes more active, Birmingham City Council’s Wellbeing Panel is asking people:

  • how active they are or aren’t
  • what they do to stay active
  • what local facilities they use

And anyone who completes a 10-minute survey could win Love2shop vouchers worth up to £300.

To complete the survey, for a chance to win Love2shop vouchers worth up to £300, go to:

Head of Wellbeing Service, Karen Creavin, said: “A growing number of people across the city are physically active but too many people still lead inactive lives and we want to understand why. What are the barriers to people being active? What do we need to do to encourage inactive people to use our Wellbeing Centres, parks, open spaces and cycle lanes more?

“There are many benefits to being physically active. Studies show it can reduce your risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer, while an active lifestyle is also good for your mental health.

“So we want to know what works for people in Birmingham and what doesn’t. This doesn’t have to be about sport. Being active is about what works for you. So that might be walking the dog, working in the garden, going for a walk or a bike ride. We want to know what you do and where you do it.”

Birmingham is bucking the national trend when it comes to physical activity, thanks to award-winning initiatives like Be Active, Active Parks and This Girl Can.

According to Sport England’s latest Active People Survey, the number of active people in Birmingham continues to rise, despite a national drop. Since the first Active People Survey was published in 2006, the proportion of Brummies participating in sport and active recreation, at moderate intensity, for at least 30 minutes on at least 12 days a month has increased from 17.2 per cent to 20.4 per cent.

Now the city council’s Wellbeing Service is determined to build on that progress.

To complete the survey, for a chance to win Love2shop vouchers worth up to £300, go to:

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