Cambridgeshire named among 'least inactive' in damning report backed by Lord Coe

Lord Sebastian Coe. Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Cambridgeshire has been listed as one of the top areas for physical activity in a report accusing many councils of not doing enough to promote exercise.

A UK Active report backed by Olympics organiser Lord Coe, called Turning the tide of inactivity, warned that councils must do more to tackle an “inactivity pandemic”.

But Cambridgeshire was named as one of the 15 “least inactive” areas in the country, with 22.76 per cent described as inactive.

Val Thomas, consultant in public health at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “We will be continuing to work with district councils and other partners to find ways to give people options to take part in physical activity, particularly those who have sedentary lifestyles.

“It is encouraging, but there is more we can do.”

“The consequences of inactivity are clear – if you are inactive you risk being obese and developing chronic illnesses like heart disease, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.”

Cllr Pippa Corney, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s cabinet member responsible for sport, said: “Being active has huge health benefits and as a Council we are fully behind any initiative to get more people taking part in sport. “Recent Sport England research has shown that people in South Cambridgeshire are some of the most active in the country, but if you are looking to do more please take a look at our programme of activities that aims to give everyone a change to get involved.”

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