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Report reveals inactive Harlow residents costing lives and million of pounds

News / Tue 30th Jan 2018 at 08:14am

A HARLOW Council report on activity in the town paints a depressing picture of sporting and physical inactivity.

The reports’ harsh message is that the “estimated health costs of inactivity within Harlow is £1.5 million. It is estimated that 40 deaths per year would be prevented if 75 percent of Harlow’s population aged 40 – 79 were engaged in the recommended levels of physical activity”.

The report is being presented to the Harlow Council Scrutiny Committee on February 6th.

It’s key findings are:

Harlow has lower than average levels of physical activity with:

a) 52 percent of adults (16+) reporting to undertake 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity per week compared to the national average of 57 percent;
b) 33.6 percent of adults (14+) participate in sport at least once a week compared to the national average of 37 percent;
c) 21.5 percent of adults (16+) take part in sport and active recreation three times per week compared to the national average of 23.7 per cent
d) 33.6 percent of adults (14+) participate in sport at least once a week compared to the national average of 37 percent.

The report goes on to say: “The value of sport to Harlow’s economy is £33 million in gross value added (wages and operating profit). This is made up of £22.1 million from people participating in sport and £10.9 million from wider non-participation interests and 916 jobs”.

http://moderngov.harlow.gov.uk/documents/s10892/Scrutiny%20Review%20of%20Sport%20-%20Interim%20Report.pdf

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