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Taking Action to Raise Activity Levels

Plans to encourage people in South Tyneside to be more active will be outlined to councillors next week.

Councillors will be told that locally more than a quarter of people aged 19 and over are classed as inactive which is higher than the national average.

To counter this worrying statistic, a new physical activity strategy has been created to encourage people in the Borough to move more.

Councillor Tracey Dixon, Lead Member for Independence and Wellbeing, said: "Increasing physical activity levels can contribute to the emotional, physical and social aspects of our residents' lives while also shaping and improving our environment.

"South Tyneside is noted for its beautiful coastline and green spaces and one of the ways to encourage people to be more active is by encouraging participation in local events such as health walks or parks maintenance.

"Our strategy seeks to complement our beautiful natural spaces and encourage 5,000 people who are currently inactive into some sort of physical activity."

A report to Members outlines how the strategy aims to encourage more than 1,000 more children to travel to school by foot or bike while a cycleway and walkway could be developed to connect South Tyneside to the new jobs to come at the International Advanced Manufacturing Park.

The Council has invested significantly in leisure facilities over the past seven years with the opening of Haven Point and Hebburn Central and, more recently, the refurbishment of Jarrow Focus which has resulted in a large rise in leisure memberships.

Members of the Borough Council will be asked to endorse the strategy and agree that it should be launched next month.

 

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