Sport England study shows most Hackney adults lead active lives
Most adults in Hackney live active lives, a new Sport England survey has revealed.
Sport England has published the results of their new Active Lives Survey which measures the amount of physical activity that people undertake over the course of a year. The activities measured include walking, dancing, as well as cycling for travel, going to the gym and sport.
The survey measured participants as being ‘active’ (doing at least 150 minutes a week), ‘fairly active’ (doing 30-149 minutes a week) and ‘inactive’ (doing less than 30 minutes a week),
The initial high level results indicate that Hackney residents compare favourably with the national and London averages, with 69.3% of residents being ‘active’, 9.6% being ‘fairly active’ and 21% being ‘inactive’.
However, childhood obesity remains higher than the national average in Hackney and can lead to serious health problems and diseases later in life, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer and depression.
These statistics are positive for a borough that has a high number of active residents who are choosing healthier lifestyle and travel choices, like walking instead of taking the bus. By having controlled parking zones, closing roads to through traffic and making sure new developments are car-free, the Council discourages residents from owning and driving cars. However, there is a lot more work that needs to be done to tackle high levels of childhood obesity locally and support more residents to lead active lives.
We are encouraging residents to get involved in simple activities that can contribute to longer, healthier lives, whether through the Hackney Daily Mile,which encourages children to run a mile a day at school, or through increased walking by teaming-up with local businesses to offer rewards. We provide plenty of other opportunities for Hackney residents to lead more active lifestyles, including free walks and activities in our parks, free sporting activities for the over 50’s, and £1 fitness classes on estates. I’d urge residents to find out more and to get involved.