Action plan drawn up to get folk active

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Only a third of Doncaster residents are getting enough exercise, health chiefs fear.

Statistics to be presented today to Doncaster Council’s health and wellbeing board show 32.7 per cent of people were getting the benchmark 30 minutes of moderately intense exercise once a week in April 2014 – down from 38.4 the previous October.

And the report reveals that a survey in 2014 revealed less than half of primary schoolchildren participate in three hours of physical education and school sport per week – a fall of 19 per cent since 2010.

It says: “Further work has to be undertaken to identify if this pattern is similar for secondary education. It is a worrying trend, which Doncaster Active Partnership will work to address.”

Officials said the April figure for adults still represented a rise on earlier figures. The report states that over seven years, participation levels for over 16s had increased from 28.3 per cent to 32.7 per cent.

It says: “This increase is above national, regional and South Yorkshire trends. However, despite this, the first six months for 2014 show we still have lower participation levels than the rest of the country.”

Health bosses have drawn up a physical activity strategy after identifying that there are specific issues in relation to participation in physical activity.

It states: “Participation levels in women are much lower with a 14.2 per cent difference in the number of men participating in 30 minutes of exercise in comparison to women.”

Health bosses say they will continue to provide activities such as Get Doncaster Walking festival to encourage people to exercise.