A special event has been held today, bringing together organisations from across Kent and Medway to encourage more people to become regularly active and benefit their long-term health.
Led by Kent Sport and supported by Kent County Council’s Public Health team, the conference at the Detling Showground was attended by 150 people from 75 different organisations from across the county including leisure providers and leisure trusts, countryside and some sports organisations, health and social care partners including service providers, charities and commissioned organisations.
The aim was to bring together leisure, health and community organisations to help more people become more active. Kent and Medway Sports Board Chairman, Dick Fedorcio, said: “Levels of inactivity amongst adults, not only in Kent but in the country as a whole, is very concerning. We are therefore developing closer partnerships between the sport, leisure and physical activity sector with those involved in health, social care and other sectors. By working together we aim to encourage more people to try new activities and build activity into their everyday lives”.
Speakers from Public Health, Sport and Physical Activity and Community Engagement addressed the conference while case studies such as Primal Roots and Ageless Thanet highlighted where organisations have helped to get more people active in their communities. There were group discussions between organisations based in similar geographical areas to share ideas and help understand how they can contribute to this important agenda.
KCC Public Health Consultant, Allison Duggal said: “Physical inactivity is the fourth largest cause of disease and disability in the UK and contributes directly to one in six deaths. A substantial number of people in Kent are not active enough for good health and yet physical activity can reduce the risk of illness. For example, being active can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 30 to 40 per cent. Physical activity can make a difference regardless of the individual’s weight and brisk walking for just 10 minutes a day will make a difference.”
The event also saw videos from the finalists of the Kudos Award which recognises innovation in community sport and physical activity across the county. The winner – Olympia Boxing CIC – received £500 to continue or extend their Thera-Box programme and there was also a £250 cheque for Riverside Academy Football Club and Sevenoaks District council for its Inclusive Archery Project. Wayne Smith from Olympia Boxing CIC said: “We’re absolutely ecstatic to have won as it’s such a unique programme – we currently work with five schools, offering boxing to children with additional needs, and this will allow us to entice even more schools to join us.”
For details about Kent Sport and getting active go to www.kentsport.org/campaigns/everydayactive
For more information on support services in your area, ideas to get moving, plus apps and advice on eating well and healthy lifestyles, go to www.kent.gov.uk/one-you-kent