One short walk per week a step too far for almost a quarter of East Riding residents

Almost a quarter of adults in the East Riding fail to take one short walk a week, new figures suggest.

Tuesday, 11th August 2020, 10:45 am
Almost a quarter of adults in the East Riding fail to take one short walk a week, new figures suggest. Photo: PA Images

Sport England’s annual Active Lives Survey asked 1,150 residents between November 2018 and November 2019 how often they take a 10 minute walk, for either leisure or travel.

The results show 24% of them did so less than once a week – though it is an improvement on the year before, when 32% gave the same answer.

The proportion of adults in the East Riding who do not take a short weekly stroll was lower than the average across England, of 29%.

The figures show that people in England are walking less than a year before, which underlines the challenge for the Government’s latest health campaign to “tackle the problem of obesity across all ages”.

The NHS recommends 150 minutes a week of moderate activity, which can include brisk walking, to treat obesity.

Separate statistics from Public Health England show almost two-thirds (62%) of adults in England are overweight, with the organisation warning obesity is linked to severe symptoms and death from coronavirus.

Dr Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at PHE, said: “Just ten minutes every day is a good start and can have health benefits but more is better and now more than ever avoiding public transport if possible and walking to work or to the shops makes even more sense.

“Staying active is an important part of maintaining or reaching a healthy weight alongside a healthy diet.”

The figures show that East Riding residents were even less likely to cycle than walk, with just 12% getting out on their bikes at least once per week.

And 17% said they did not either walk or cycle at least once every four weeks.

The Government’s new strategy to help people lose weight includes over £2bn in safe walking and cycling routes, a ban on some junk food promotions and stricter advertising controls.

A spokesman said: “We are determined to tackle the problem of obesity across all ages.

“We recently launched a world leading strategy to help reduce obesity rates and help everyone live healthier lives.”

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