Promoting lifestyles that improve people’s wellbeing and quality of life with less need for health and social care. Supporting people taking an active part in community life and reducing loneliness and social isolation.
Council initiatives to encourage participation in sport and exercise have led to an increasing proportion of people who are active. The increase has been in line with London (since 2014) and England as a whole (since 2012).
Heston leisure centre has been completely refurbished and now features a 25m pool, learning pool, 100 station gym, soft play area for children, exercise studios, cycle training, cricket, football, basketball and tennis facilities.
£2 million investment with Fusion Lifestyle from late 2017 will see major improvements at Hanworth Air Park Leisure Centre, Isleworth Leisure Centre and New Chiswick Pool.
£1.1 million is being invested in new and improved Active Spaces to get children more active outdoors.
Over 3500 children taking part in daily running as part of the Super Active Schools programme.
Eight new outdoor gyms suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels have been created.
Over 29,000 residents took part in Beat the Street a walking and cycling challenge to get more active and reduce car use.
At Feltham Arena the car park has been improved, and new sports facilities, play areas and a renovated running track are in the pipeline. Access will be improved and the Parkguard service utilised to prevent antisocial behaviour.
One You Hounslow has helped 5,000 adults to get active, over 1,200 to stop smoking, and offered advice on healthy eating across the borough.
2,145 residents have been provided with free health checks.
Working with local voluntary and community groups local people’s lives have been improved. Examples include Goodgym, whose runners do community tasks like gardening and weeding, and Green Gym which improves people’s health and wellbeing while creating green spaces for everyone to enjoy. Parkruns in the borough are participated in by over 800 people each week.
The council continues to press for appropriate health services to be available for all residents as changes to the NHS take place across London.