Overview: Why increasing physical activity in Trafford is important
- Globally, physical inactivity is the fourth largest risk factor for death behind high blood pressure, smoking and diabetes.
- Only 62.5% of adults aged 40-79 in Trafford take enough physical activity to protect their health. By increasing this to 75%, or getting 13 251 people more active this would save 114 lives per year and £1.5m in health costs.
- Being physically active reduces the risk of developing a long term illness, osteoporosis and improves mental health and reduces the likelihood of requiring health and social care interventions.
- Being physically inactive causes 6% of coronary heart disease, 7% of type 2 diabetes, 10% of breast cancer and 10% of colon cancer.
- Physical activity in older people has low risks of adverse health responses or injury and is the most powerful intervention in preventing frailty and promoting successful ageing.
- In comparison to an active person, an inactive person will spend 38% more days in hospital, have 5.5% more GP visits and 12% more nurse visits . If these individuals then become active, an estimated £1,760-£6,900 could be saved per person each year.
- In Trafford 46% of adults who are inactive report wanting to take part in sport.
- There is a real need to empower people with the skills, knowledge and confidence to make being physically active a realistic and desirable choice.