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Residents invited to Move More every day to boost health

Published on 8 September 2023

The benefits of moving more for our physical and mental health are well known - and the Borough Council and its partners are inviting individuals, communities and organisations across the High Peak to boost their health and wellbeing by building movement into their daily lives and joining the Movement for Movement.

Being active for more than 150 minutes a week is enough to benefit your health. In High Peak 21% of people do less than 30 minutes physical activity per week and 14% do none at all - that's over 10,000 people who don't do any physical activity.

To address that, the Move More High Peak strategy has been developed - a ten-year plan setting out why moving is important, what needs to be done to enable people to get involved and how we will do it.

The new strategy has been developed in partnership through a collaborative process involving a growing range of people and partners.

Together, our aim is for everyone across the High Peak to move more every day and to provide greater support to those that need it most.

Councillor Damien Greenhalgh, Deputy Leader and Executive Councillor for Regeneration, Tourism and Leisure, said: "I'm delighted that we're now launching this important collaborative strategy aimed at improving the physical and mental health of all our residents.

"We feel proud and privileged to have led the development of Move More High Peak with a wide range of partners who all share the same aspiration - which is supporting people across our Borough to be more active every day to boost their wellbeing.

"We're inviting people to reimagine how they can move more in their everyday lives, from walking and gardening, to the perhaps more recognised activities like going to organised fitness classes, swimming or playing sport. There's a growing number of partner community groups, clubs and agencies that are joining our growing Movement for Movement - so you'll see our Move More branding in your local town and across High Peak.

"I hope people across our Borough take up the invitation and get involved so that, together, we can make a real difference."

Being active not only helps individuals, it benefits communities and wider society and has positive knock-on effects on the economy, environment and our National Health Service.

Achieving the vision will take a collective effort from individuals, communities and organisations. The Council and its partners want everyone to get involved and you can help by:

·       Being a Move More advocate - share the strategy and consider how your community or organisation can get involved

·       Inspiring others to move more - share why it matters to you and ask others why it matters to them and how they would like to get moving more

·       Working with us to implement the priorities set out in the strategy

Find out more on the Move More website