Hounslow Council, in partnership with Sport England, wants to hear from residents about their experiences of physical activity in the borough.
Published: Thursday, 4th August 2022
Hounslow Council, in partnership with Sport England, wants to hear from residents about their experiences of physical activity in the borough. Dubbed the Moving Communities survey, Hounslow Council is keen to address why 46% of Hounslow’s population is not meeting the Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines for physical activity.
The brief survey invites locals to share what they enjoy, the places and spaces they visit, and what stops them from being more active.
Councillor Salman Shaheen, Cabinet Member for Parking, Parks and Leisure, said:
“Recent data shows over 63 per cent of Hounslow's adult population over the age of 18 were overweight or obese, with 18 per cent of those adults being classified as obese.
“Being active every day is the foundation of healthier living and a better quality of life. It's medically proven that people who do regular physical activity have lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Even small changes can make a big difference over time, such as using the stairs for a couple of floors rather than taking the lift or getting off the bus a stop early and walking the rest of the way.”
The survey also wants to address the vital role that gyms and leisure centres play in helping people to be active and why many residents find it difficult to fit exercise into their daily lives.
Councillor Samia Chaudhary, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health Integration at Hounslow Council, said: “Whatever your age, there’s strong evidence that being physically active can help you lead a healthier happier life. From reducing the risk of preventable health conditions, including certain cancers, depression, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes, it can also boost your mood and increase energy levels.”
This data will assist the Council, leisure providers and policymakers to support the recovery of public gyms and leisure centres- paving the way to make more residents in the borough active.