Have your say to help residents move more and feel good

Liverpool City Council wants to find out how the city’s residents can get active every day.

The Council is encouraging residents over the age of 16 to fill in a short questionnaire, in which they will be asked how active they are and what would encourage them to live well.

The survey findings will be used to build on the feedback received from the Physical Activity survey carried out in 2022, which was completed by hundreds of residents and raised common themes such as time management and access to different types of activities.

The responses will also help to shape the city’s new Physical Activity Strategy which will be published this Spring. The City Council will work in partnership with Sport England and other organisations to develop the strategy.

Latest figures show that around 75 per cent of people in Liverpool are physically active, with 25 per cent being classed as inactive. Last month, the City Council’s Public Health team issued a stark report which highlighted that unless urgent action is taken, by 2040 residents will have poorer health and shorter life spans.

To fill in the survey, visit the official consultations page on the City Council’s website – the questionnaire will close midnight Wednesday 6 March 2024.  If the survey is required in a different format or language, please contact pasdev@liverpool.gov.uk

Councillor Harry Doyle, Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet member for Health, Wellbeing and Culture, said:

“Being physically active every day, in whatever way fits our needs, can be a great foundation for living a happier and healthier life.

“The findings of the recent State of Health in the City report, are a stark and clear call for urgent action to break the vicious cycle of poor health and enable more of us to live in good health for longer. 

“Moving more helps us feel good.  It can prevent and combat the effects of poor physical and mental health which impacts not just on individuals but on those around us, such as other family members and the wider community.

“This is a great opportunity for people in Liverpool to share their views on how we can all work together to help each other move more and live well.”

Tina Pilkington, Place Relationship Manager for Sport England, said:

“As a scouser I have many fond childhood memories of being active in Liverpool. Chalking out a hopscotch in my backyard in Old Swan, playing kerby in the street, the dreaded school cross country, or simply just spending an afternoon in Newsham or Croxteth Park.

“I know I have benefitted throughout my life because of physical activity –  socially, physically, and mentally – and I am really proud to be supporting the city in developing a Physical Activity Strategy, which is trying to make it as easy as possible for more people within local communities to be active. 

“Your voice is important in shaping this, – we want to know about your experiences of being active and explore how we can all support each other to move more. Your views will help embed physical activity across the city, in your homes, streets, parks, facilities and the local places that are important to you.”

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