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Getting active in Birmingham

The physical activity programme within the Public Health Place Team works with organisational partners and community-based groups to deliver initiatives aimed at supporting and increasing the take up of physical activity. This is done through encouraging behaviour change, participation in activities and creating environments that inspire people to move more throughout their day or take part in more organised physical activity.

Birmingham reports one of the lowest levels of physical activity in England. The Sport England Active Lives Survey indicates that just over a quarter of adults are inactive and do less than 30 minutes of physical activity a week. However, this figure is lower in Birmingham and lower still in black and Asian communities in the city. This compares to the England average where 66% of adults meet guided levels of physical activity.

An active lifestyle decreases the risk of developing many long-term health conditions. Physical inactivity increases the risk of developing lifestyle related diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular conditions and some types of cancer.

Creating A Physically Active City Forum

To support the priorities set out by the Health and Wellbeing Board, the Place Team facilitates a sub-committee – The Creating a Physically Active City Forum (CPAC). The purpose of the forum is to work together with partners to increase physical activity at a population level across Birmingham by ensuring that a joint action plan is developed and delivered. This will help to create a city where being active every day is easy, affordable and part of living in Birmingham whatever your age or ability.

Opportunities in Birmingham to help you get more active

There is also great stuff going on in Birmingham through our partners The Active Wellbeing Society and Sport Birmingham.

Page last updated: 22 December 2022

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