Word on Health

Word on Red January

Our grateful thanks to RED January for their contribution to our radio report (whcih you can hear again via the audioplayer at the bottom of this page).  

Let's Beat Those Winter Blues! 

As a nation we're less active in the winter, something that's often linked with lower mood, energy, and increased depressive symptoms. 

RED January provides everyone with a free and inclusive way to boost their activity levels and wellbeing.

By taking part, not only will you be supporting your own wellbeing, you can support others too by fundraising for movement and mental health projects around the country.  Click here to join.

According to the UK Government  Physical inactivity is associated with 1 in 6 deaths in the UK and is estimated to cost the UK £7.4 billion annually (including £0.9 billion to the NHS alone).

Unfortunately, our population is around 20% less active than in the 1960s. If current trends continue, it will be 35% less active by 2030.

Many people don’t realise that physical activity has significant benefits for health, both physical and mental, and can help to prevent and manage over 20 chronic conditions and diseases, including some cancers, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and depression.

  • Around 1 in 3 (34%) of men and 1 in 2 (42%) of women are not active enough for good health.
  • Men are more likely to report being active at the recommended level than women.
  • Physical activity varies with age and life stage. People tend to get less active with age, especially in older years.
  • People with disabilities or long-term conditions are twice as likely not to be active enough for good health.

The UK Chief Medical Officers’ Guidelines recommend each week adults do:

  • At least 150 minutes moderate intensity activity, 75 minutes’ vigorous activity, or a mixture of both.
  • Strengthening activities on two days
  • Reducing extended periods of sitting

 

Listen to this weeks radio report

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