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Melton now has the most active adults in Leicestershire

Published Wednesday, 23rd October 2019

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The latest survey into physical activity levels in adults has shown that more people in Melton are being physically active, with a significant decrease in the number of people who are doing less than 30 minutes of physical activity per week.

The latest Active Lives Adult report has been published by Sport England, which provides an updated overview of sport and physical activity levels in the 12 months from May 2018 to May 2019, in which data is used in comparison to previous years.

Key highlights for the borough include:

  • Melton has the most active Adults in Leicestershire with 66.4% (England average is 63.2%) of adults meeting Chief Medical Officer (CMO) recommended physical activity guidelines (150+ minutes of physical activity a week). An increase of 4.6% of adults meeting CMO guidelines compared to this time 12 months ago.
  • Melton has the lowest level of inactive Adults in Leicestershire with 20.8% (England average is 24.8%) of adults not undertaking at least 30 minutes of physical activity a week. An increase of 4.7% of adults moving from the inactive criteria to the fairly active/active criteria.

Councillor Alan Pearson, the portfolio holder for Housing and Communities said: “It is fantastic news that Melton residents are incorporating a healthier lifestyle into their routines and we are leading the way in physical activity across the county. Exercise not only makes us healthier but it has been shown to increase our mental wellbeing and improved sense of happiness.  Last year we invested extra resources into our Sports and Leisure team in order to address these issues in our communities and these headlines are a really positive indication of how they are contributing to the Physical Activity & Health Strategy of; inspiring more people, to be more active, more often’. We aim to build on these excellent results and will continue to work with partners to increase physical activity in harder to reach groups, making Melton a happier, healthier Borough.”

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