Friday, 13 July 2012

No change in adults participating in 30mins of sport per week

Sport England, a public body under the Department of Media, Culture have this week annouced that participation in sport has increased since the UK were awarded the Olympics in 2005. Since 2005, 1.3 million more people over the age of 16 were now participating in a sport of some kind at least once per week. These figures amount to a total of 15.28 million people in England aged 16 or over taking part in a sport at least once weekly.

However such flag waving statistics are not reflected in local active participation rates. In Hyndburn the figures show that there was no change in over 16 year olds participation in 30 minutes of sport per week staying at 28.5 percent and in Rossendale a change in participation of just 0.4 percent from 35.2 percent to 35.6 percent.
"Physical activity is important for maintaining good health and well being. A vast array of evidence clearly demonstrates that an inactive lifestyle has a substantial, negative impact on both individual and public health – specifically, that physical inactivity is a primary contributor to a broad range of chronic diseases such as coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some cancers.

In England the estimated cost of physical inactivity to the NHS and the wider economy is £8.2 billion annually, which does not include the contribution of inactivity to obesity which in itself has been estimated at £2.5 billion annually1."
  1. New physical activity guidelines from the Department of Health set out recommended minimum levels of activity for three age groups:
  2. Under-fives: 180 minutes – three hours – each day, once a child is able to walk.
  3. Children and young people (5-18 year olds): 60 minutes and up to several hours every day of moderate to vigourous intensity physical activity. Three days a week should include vigourous intensity activities that strengthen muscle and bone.
  4. Adults (19-64 years old) and older people (65+): 150mins – two and half hours – each week of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity (and adults should aim to do some physical activity every day). Muscle strengthening activity should also be included twice a week.
    Lancashire County Council
The lack of improvement in Sport Participation in the constituency shows that even in the run up to the Olympics, the Government are unwilling to put in any effort to improve the lives of many who are less well off than themselves and unfair local government cuts may only widen the participation gap. These figures are further clarification of the current government neglecting deprived areas of the country once again.