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Active lifestyles

Keeping active is one of the most important things you can do for your health.


Physical inactivity is estimated to cause 3.2m deaths globally each year, but in Derbyshire only six out of 10 people do the recommended amount of activity of 150 minutes per week.

According to the PHE Health Profile 2014, rates of obesity (24.7%) in Derbyshire are higher than the national average, and this can lead to serious long term conditions such as diabetes or heart disease.

Regular activity will help ward off disease, help you stay independent, reduce the risk of falls and give you more energy - but most of all it can be great fun.

Derbyshire is a great place for physical activity with country parks, trails, hills, reservoirs, woodland and parks. From walking, running, cycling to climbing swimming and hang-gliding, there is something for everyone.

We're on hand to help you manage your weight and keep active. We're involved in several schemes around the county that aim to help you have a healthy lifestyle.

Live Life Better Derbyshire is a county wide health and wellbeing service. It offers help with active lifestyles, weight management and smoking support.

The Derbyshire Health Referral Scheme helps people with certain long term conditions to increase their physical activity.

Active Derbyshire provides information about sport and exercise opportunities across Derbyshire. It includes a walking for heath scheme which runs guided walks around the county and Jog Derbyshire which is a network of local, fun and sociable jogging and running groups. These groups are open to anyone.

Heart of Derbyshire is our new scheme that sees local businesses sign up to offer healthier food choices.

Derbyshire Village Games is a community spirited sport project across rural Derbyshire. It uses inter village competition, festivals and events to encourage people to take part in sport and recreation.

Children’s activity

We’re also working hard to make sure that children and young people have the best start in life. Making sure that they’re healthy, active and not over weight plays a crucial part in this.

Children aged under five who can walk on their own should be active for at least three hours every day.

Children and young people aged between five and 18 should do at least 60 minutes of activity every day.

We support a range of schemes to get children active.

The Five60 programme aims to get school children thinking about making healthy choices and gives them the information they need to help them do it.

The ten week programme is carried out with pupils aged between eight and ten and helps them to make the right decisions to improve their health and wellbeing.

Each hour long session involves fun physical activities as well as discussions around health, nutrition and road safety.

On completion of the programme pupils receive a certificate and information pack to take home to encourage the whole family to lead healthier lifestyles. Ninety eight per cent of schools in Derbyshire are now taking part in the Five60 programme.

We’re supporting a pilot scheme offering breakfast clubs in 25 Derbyshire schools. This aims to make sure that children start the day off with a filling, wholesome meal.

The Healthy Child Programme for under-five’s offers a programme of screening tests, developmental reviews, and information and support for parenting and making healthy choices.

Malnutrition

Sometimes people can find it difficult to make sure they’re eating the right type of food or the right amount of food. This can lead to malnutrition, especially in older people. You can learn more about our scheme to tackle malnutrition on our eating well page.

Keeping fit as we get older

To get the full benefits of being active, as you get older it’s recommended that you:

  • Are active daily and try to do at least two and a half hours of moderate intensity activity each week.
  • Do exercises to improve the strength of muscles and bones.
  • Do exercises to help improve balance and coordination.
  • Strength and balance is considered to be one of the biggest issues in reducing the risk of falls.

Falls prevention

As we get older we’re more at risk of injury and long term health problems resulting from trips and falls.

We shouldn’t see falls as a normal part of ageing. There are lots of simple things you can do to help you stay steady on your feet and exercise is one of the best ways to help you do that.

Derbyshire’s Strictly No Falling scheme helps support older people who may have had a fall or at risk of having fall.

Strictly No Falling offers specially tailored sessions that aim to improve your strength, balance and coordination in order to reduce your risk of falls.

All of the staff who deliver these sessions are qualified and have been approved by the Falls Activity Advisors.

The service works in partnership with lots of organisations including our public health and adult care teams, Derbyshire Community Health Services, Age UK Derby and Derbyshire and other partners.

You can find falls prevention sessions on the Active Derbyshire website.

There are lots of other things besides exercise which can be done to help prevent falls. Find out more from Age UK.