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Playing in the same team for a healthy active society? Working collaboratively with local authorities

Playing in the same team for a healthy active society? Working collaboratively with local authorities

By Gareth Dix , March 2016

Physically active people are happier, more productive and healthier.

However physical inactivity is the 4th biggest reason for premature death in UK, costing the economy £8.3 billion every year.

Evidence tells us that being regularly active significantly reduces the likelihood of many conditions such as type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers.

For over 50 years, local authorities have provided the public with accessible opportunities to be 'out of breath' in leisure centres, swimming pools, parks, coastal areas and in the countryside. However, financial challenges mean that many local authorities can no longer afford the same levels of investment into these facilities, assets and services.

In his study, Gareth Dix explored the relationship between providers of leisure, sport and physical activity, in addition to public health departments in local councils, and asked: ‘Could we all be in the same team?’ If so, can we then find innovative ways to work together for a healthier society?

This research is a localised qualitative investigation which focuses on Cornwall and Devon, but takes into account national and academic thinking through a range of interviews with policy makers, advocates, researchers and public health leads.

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