Plans to make people more active could cut health service bills.
Central Beds Council’s executive committee has agreed the Physical Activity section of its Leisure Strategy. Local health services in Central Beds had to foot £3.6m costs in 2009/10 for issues arising from a lack of physical activity.
Currently 48 per cent of people in the county do no physical activity and only 23.4 per cent of adults in Central Beds do the recommended 30 minutes of exercise three times a week.
The council’s new strategy aims to make sure that people know about and have access to leisure services and facilities.
After the meeting, Councillor Brian Spurr, executive member for sustainable communities services, is pleased that the plan was approved. He said: “Our challenge now is to get the message out to our residents that keeping physically active is vital to staying fit and healthy. To do this we need to coordinate opportunities for physical activity and ensure that people know when and how to access them.
“We also need to remove any barriers which may be stopping people from taking part at the moment. There’s lots of hard work ahead but we are up for the challenge.”