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Cycling has proved its worth during the pandemic, as a safe and socially distanced way for people to get exercise and as a means to travel to work and for other essential journeys. However, 74% of people from ethnic minority groups living in our 12 Bike Life cities and towns do not currently cycle. This compares to 37% of White people. Source: Sustrans, July 2020
As the Prime Minister set out his ambition for the country’s recovery in the West Midlands last week, the National Trust, the Mayor of the West Midlands, Sustrans, Create Streets and local council leaders[3] have written to him urging a £5.5billion commitment to an urban green infrastructure fund to level up access to urban green space as part of his “infrastructure revolution”. Source: National Trust, July 2020
It is understood that those in lower income households have acutely felt the impact of the pandemic and lockdown both economically and in terms of mental and physical wellbeing. Young people who live in those neighbourhoods, shared their experiences, worries and opinions about life during and after the Covid lockdown. Source: Street Games June 2020
An ever-increasing body of research indicates that the environment in which we live is inextricably linked to our health across the life course. For example, the design of our neighbourhoods can influence physical activity levels, travel patterns, social connectivity, mental and physical health and wellbeing outcomes. However, it is important to recognise that the causal links between built environment and health are often complex, in that they are influenced by numerous, sometimes conflicting,
Collective Skate Gal Club say they've taught 200 women how to ride, while creating a platform to promote women's rights. "Our generation have really stepped up the game – my grandmother didn’t have the opportunities that I have at my age." Akpene says. "Ultimately, it's about creating a community where people feel can be safe to try anything, to explore – to learn." Source: https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/4ag3pg/skate-gal-club-ghana-gender-equality-metoo-assault-survivors (February 2020)
Active school commuting alone is unlikely to be enough to prevent and reduce the prevalence of overweight/obesity in the most deprived English neighbourhoods. Childhood overweight/obesity-related interventions should focus on promoting participation in a range of health behaviours. Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31993476 (February 2020)
International research report recommends changing population behaviours and attitudes, using both community and workplace settings, provide an environment that encourages physical activity and that supports the access to facilities. Encourage the participation in programmes and interventions. Encourage more physical activity across society by interlinking systems-wide programmes and interventions. Source: https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR4291.html (February 2020)
Six neighbourhoods in Hastings with high levels of deprivation were selected for doorstep resident interviews. High levels of inactivity are closely associated with deprivation. Specifically income, education and local area deprivation. Even low-cost activities such as walking are affected by deprivation . These interviews sought to understand residents’ activity rates, the barriers they faced to becoming active, and the support they would like from clubs, coaches, volunteers and staff. Source:
Schools in Gloucestershire at set to fling their doors open and allow people to use their sports facilities. County schools will receive a share of a £1.6million funding boost to allow them to make better use of their sports halls or pitches. Source: https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/gloucester-news/how-youll-able-use-sports-3781857 (January 2020)
This edition of Health Matters focuses on the benefit of physical activity for the prevention and management of long-term conditions in adults. Includes summaries of the current guidelines and numerous examples of where this is being put in to practice. Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/health-matters-physical-activity/health-matters-physical-activity-prevention-and-management-of-long-term-conditions (January 2020)
Beat the Street is an inclusive, fun and motivating initiative that connects people with their local environment and encourages individuals to walk, cycle or scoot with family or friends to  collect points. Beat the Street Gloucester aims to increase physical activity amongst children and adults. (January 2020)
On International Women’s Day in March,  we published our evaluation of the Sporting Equality Fund, a £325,000 set of grants from the Scottish government to get more girls and women participating in physical activity. Fourteen organisations were awarded up to £25,000 for year-long projects – all were asked to look at how participation increased wellbeing. Across the fund as a whole, we saw average life satisfaction go up from 6.9 to 8.0 out of 10, with similar rises across the other three ONS wel