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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 3.2 million deaths globally each year, but in Derbyshire only 6 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 Exercise by Referral Derbyshire Scheme helps people with certain long term conditions to increase their physical activity.

Active Derbyshire provides information about sport and exercise opportunities across Derbyshire.

Walk Derbyshire is the countywide campaign to encourage people to walk every day. You can find out about local led walks and other opportunities to walk across Derbyshire.

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 5 who can walk on their own should be active for at least 3 hours every day.

Children and young people aged between 5 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 10-week programme is carried out with pupils aged between 8 and 10 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 about 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-5s offers a programme of screening tests, developmental reviews, and information and support for parenting and making healthy choices.


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.

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 2 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 co-ordination
  • 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 co-ordination 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.

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

We have lots more falls prevention advice.