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People in Bucks need to get more active

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Published by the Mix96 News Team at 11:43am 4th April 2018

Bucks County Council are working on a 5 year plan to get Buckinghamshire active.

They've teamed up with partners across the county after research found 1 in 5 adults, nearly half of girls and a third of boys are inactive in the area.

Public Health Principal Sarah Preston told us why getting more active is so important:

"It helps you to feel good, it helps children to grow and achieve at school. It improves health reducing the risk of illnesses including some of the big one like cancer, heart disease and dementia and it supports people to live independently."

Buckinghamshire has produced the Health & Wellbeing Strategy with a vision to “create the best conditions in Buckinghamshire for people to live healthy, happy and fulfilling lives and achieve their full potential”

The strategy they are working on has the following key priorities:

  • Give every child has the best start in life 
  • Keep people healthier for longer and reduce the impact of long term conditions
  • Promote good mental health and wellbeing for everyone
  • Protect residents from harm
  • Support communities to enable people to achieve their potential and ensure Buckinghamshire is a great place to live

Partners involved from across the County include:

  • Voluntary and community organisations
  • Buckinghamshire County Council and District Councils (transport, planning, culture & leisure, children’s, community development) 
  • Clinical Commissioning Groups 
  • NHS Secondary Care Trusts
  • County Sports Partnership
  • Leisure operators and National Governing Bodies of Sport
  • Public Health England

One area they are looking at is creating active environments.

Sarah Preston told us what that means:

"That includes making sure that physical activity is thought about when planning new neighbourhoods and planning new housing, transport links to see what we can do to encourage more people to walk and cycle and creating places that people want to walk and cycle and parks that families want to visit. So having a look at what we've already got and how we can do more."

Other areas in the strategy being looked at include active communities, skilled workforces & working collaboratively with others in the county.

Activities are already available in Bucks and you can search your local area to find whats near to you here.

 

 

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