Residents encouraged to get active for a Healthy Peterborough

The Healthy Peterborough campaign is aiming to get more residents active over the coming weeks.

Useful facts, support and tips will be provided via the Healthy Peterborough Facebook and Healthy Peterborough Twitter as well as posters going up across the city from now until the end of September.

Experts recommend that adults should do 150 minutes a week of physical activity that makes you breathe faster. This can be done in 30 minute sessions at different times and could include cycling or fast walking.

Councillor Diane Lamb, Peterborough City Council's cabinet member for public health, said: "It is estimated that in the UK one in every six premature deaths is caused by a lack of physical activity.

"By building activity into your day it keeps your heart healthy, reduces your risk of serious illness and strengthens muscles and bones. It can also be a great way of reducing your stress levels and lifting your mood if you’re feeling down.

“Our busy lives often mean that our own health is at the bottom of our list of priorities, but remember that it’s important to take time to look after yourself as not only will you feel the benefits, so will your family.”

Residents are being encouraged to get out and about at some of the city’s parks, cycle networks and woodlands.

Vivacity, the city's culture and leisure trust, run a number of gyms and other facilities across Peterborough. People can find out more by visiting the Vivacity website.

Dr Liz Robin, director of public health at Peterborough City Council said: "There is increasing evidence emerging that sedentary behaviour, like sitting or lying down for long periods, is bad for your health.

"As well as planning physical activities that make you breathe faster into your day, it's also important to minimise the amount of time spent on prolonged sitting, and to break up long periods of sitting as often as possible by getting up and moving around." 

The Healthy Peterborough website features lots of helpful information on getting active and what is available locally to support you.

The Healthy Peterborough campaign is led by Peterborough City Council and supported by Peterborough City Hospital, Peterborough and Cambridgeshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Local Pharmaceutical Committee and Public Health England.

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