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A major charity initiative is urging families across the North West to get active in their area to help protect their wellbeing.
A UK-wide survey commissioned by the National Charity Partnership, a collaboration between Diabetes UK, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Tesco, found that 72 per cent of adults in the region fail to meet the government’s recommended guidelines on moderate exercise.
The National Charity Partnership is concerned that generally low rates of exercise, could be having a detrimental long-term effect on the health of thousands of people across the region.
More people than ever before are being diagnosed with either Type 2 diabetes or heart and circulatory disease. Being physically active is known to help reduce the likelihood of developing both conditions, but 15 per cent of adults in the North West who were surveyed said the cost of fitness classes stops them being active.
Adults in the North West reported spending an average of 89 minutes a week on moderate exercise such as walking or cycling. This is substantially below the 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week recommended by government.