Have your say on plans to encourage exercise

PEOPLE have been invited to comment on plans to encourage healthy lifestyles and take part in sport during the next five years.

Wakefield Council and the Physical Activity, Sport and Health Partnership (PASHP) have drawn up a strategy which aims to make people more aware of opportunities to get involved in sport.

It is devised to help protect people’s health and consider how people’s needs may have changed in the economic downturn.

A report which has gone out to public consultation said the strategy was important to address obesity in the Wakefield area.

It said 28.5 per cent of adults are obese and that childhood obesity is also on the rise.

The report also said Wakefield was ranked 54 out of 345 in the UK’s most deprived areas, which led to a decreased participation in sport.

Just over half of people in the district do not take part in any periods of 30 minutes of physical activity.

There is also a large gender split, with more men than women participating in sport.

To read about how the partnership plans to tackle these issues, and to comment on the strategy, visit www.wysport.co.uk/wakefield consultation