More than a third of us are classed as inactive

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MORE than a third of Wiganers are inactive and are falling behind the rest of the region in terms of fitness.

Figures released from a report called Steps to Solving Inactivity shows that 36 per cent of the borough population are not getting enough exercise.

This is higher than the national average of 29 per cent of people.

It means they do less than 30 minutes of moderate exercise, such as cycling or fast walking, a week.

Despite this, health chiefs are positive that the rate of inactive Wiganers will continue to decline.

This comes after £771,000 was spent by the authorities this year on the borough’s physical activity programmes.

Prof Kate Ardern, director for public health at Wigan Council, said: “I’m pleased to say that inactivity levels in Wigan borough have reduced significantly in recent years.

“This correlates with the number of activities available, including our very popular Lose Weight, Feel Great programme, Trim Down, Shape Up, Active Living referral scheme, Active ageing programme, Outdoor programme and Back to Sport and Active Choices.

“Through our Specfit programme we also provide financial support to local amateur sports clubs to provide health initiatives within their local communities.

“Across the North West we spend the second highest on addressing inactivity, demonstrating our commitment to helping local residents get fit and healthy. I’m pleased that these initiatives are working and we will continue to invest in programmes designed to improve the health of our residents.”

Manchester, Bury and Trafford polled lower than the borough with 29 per cent of the population being inactive. Oldham came out the highest with 37 per cent of people termed inactive.

For more information visit www.getactivewiganandleigh.co.uk or www.wigan.gov.uk/lwfg