Health reports have been cropping up over the past month. We've been noticing that inactivity is a theme present throughout these, and how perhaps the CSGN, and the work that is being done in promoting active travel, could be a way to tackle the issues raised in the reports.
ParticipACTION tweeted that children and young people in Canada spend on average 7.48 hours in front of TV or computer screens every day. It is recommended that they get 60 minutes of physical activity each day.
The University of East Anglia is looking at how group walking works – stating that it reduces resting heart rate, blood pressure, total cholesterol and improves overall health, mental wellbeing, pyisical activity. This is in light of 29% of adults are doing less than 30 minutes of moderate physical activity every week, and 1 in 10 adults walk less than 5 minutes at a time each month.
Research has been taking place at the University of Cambridge where they are investigating the effects of inactivity. The study showed that approximately 676,000 deaths each year were as a result of inactivity, in comparison to 337,000 related to obesity. A daily brisk walk of 20 minutes was recommended as a way to tackle this statistic.
So to inspire us to stay active, we turn to news of an interactive ‘Travel Tracker’ tool in Scotland recording one million active journeys since its launch. You can read Living Streets’ schools coordinator Chris Thompson’s celebratory blog here.