Increased physical activity is a key area for the Health and Wellbeing of young people. It is vital to tackle inactivity, as this can have beneficial effects to improving health and maintaining good health.
However, over the last year during the COVID 19 pandemic, physical activity has declined, contributing to sedentary lifestyles developing in young people. This increases the risks of health related issues if the opportunities and facilities aren’t available. Most options haven’t been at hand due to the shutting down of places and indoor spaces where young people would exercise.
As that changes and society begins to get access to those places again it’s a timely reminder that guidelines recommend that young people should be active daily, and over each week, should participate in at least 300 minutes of moderate intensity activity.
In England overall, 74% of 11 to 24 year olds are deemed to be physically active; in Barking & Dagenham the comparison is down to 65%.
Healthwatch Barking and Dagenham will undertake a project to explore with local young people,
• what healthy exercise means to them
• which options are open to them and the exercise they like to take part in
• their views on how exercise relates to a healthier life for them
• the barriers they encounter to taking part
This will be carried out using a set of questions developed for local young people and through direct contact with individuals about their journey to using exercise to stay healthy or not as may be the case.
Barking and Dagenham has an estimated 45,300 young people between the ages of 11 and 24 representing 20% of the total local population and so Healthwatch call on young people to get involved, give your opinions and let your voice be heard on what this means to you! Complete the Questionnaire here.