The World Health Organisation (WHO) recognises that physical activity* provides a fundamental means of improving physical and mental health status. However, physical inactivity is a major public health challenge in the developed world and is recognised as a global epidemic. Physical activity, of which sport is a component part, plays a significant role in reducing risk factors for chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure, overweight and obesity and high levels of low density lipoproteins. In the UK it is estimated that the costs of treating coronary heart diseases and conditions associated with physical inactivity such as obesity and poor mental health are in excess of £10 billion per year. To put this in perspective the public health threat from obesity is regarded by the Government as “a potential crisis on the scale of climate change” and may cost the nation £46 billion by 2050.
The Active People Survey was conducted between October 2005 and October 2006. Its purpose was to gather data on the type, duration and intensity of people’s participation in different types of sport and active recreation in Glucestershire. In addition it provides information about volunteering, sports club membership, receiving tuition from an instructor or coach, participation in competitive sport, and satisfaction with local sports provision. These areas provided are divided into 6 Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).
Editor's comments - [ This summary reports on the levels of participation in sport and physical activity within Gloucestershire. Specifically, this is with reference to the 6 KPIs. Included is an overview of the Survey data within each district and further comparisons to highlight localised differences. This summary seeks to provide a reference tool for organisations and individuals seeking an overview of participation rates in Gloucestershire. It adopts an informative approach and uses local population statistics to orientate the reader within the local context. ] Reference this?Cryer, J. (Year). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from <this page's full URL>
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Reference : Baker, CM. Owens, CS. (2008). Participation in sport and active recreation in Gloucestershire; A summary. Gloucester: University of Gloucestershire.
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