Harrow people do less physical activity!

activeIt can only be good that Harrow is intending to bid for up to £13million to become a Sport England pilot area to attract local people who don’t already do much physical activity.
Harrow has higher proportion of inactivity and performs low in required levels of physical activity (including active travel) compared to the national and London average. Areas of low activity coincide with areas of deprivation, low access to green space and those areas with high obesity levels.
1 in 3 adults in Harrow are inactive (less than 30 minutes activity per week). Two thirds of adults are obese.
Harrow council is responsible for providing sport and leisure services locally.
Guidelines for adults aged 19-64 to stay healthy include at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity such as cycling or fast walking every week, and strength exercises on two or more days a week that work all the major muscles (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms).
Physical activity levels also vary by household income. In England, 76% of men in the highest income quintile reached recommended levels, compared to 55% of men in the lowest income quintile. Harrow has areas of high deprivation.
The GLA has recently published a suite of 33 bespoke guides for each London borough describing the links between health and some of the key environmental determinants including Active Travel & Transport, Air Quality and Green Spaces. The guides aim to influence local borough decisions and how budgets are decided and allocated.
“We want to ensure that our planning, transport and regeneration programmes promote and encourage active lives from the moment our residents step out of their front doors with pleasant and safe spaces for walking, cycling, exercise and social activities” said councillor Sachin Shah, leader of Harrow Council.
Research shows that interventions in the walking environment for example, can lead to higher numbers of people taking part in outdoor activities and spending time outside their homes.
Hope the leader’s good intentions are fully reflected in the council budget.