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Refreshed Pledge to Lower Levels of Inactivity in Greater Manchester

Joined up approach to try and continue the trend of increased activity in the region.

We’ve renewed our unique agreement with Greater Manchester Moving aimed at getting 75% of the region’s residents active by 2025.

Our chief executive Tim Hollingsworth was in Manchester on Friday to refresh the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between us, Greater Manchester Combined AuthorityOpen in a new window and the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care PartnershipOpen in a new window.

He met with Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham and leaders from the NHS, local authorities and voluntary sector to discuss the continued work trying to make movement a normal part of everyday life in the region.

“Being active has so many positive benefits, supporting people to live happier, healthier lives,” said Tim. “Our recent Active Lives Adult Survey has shown great gains in the number of people getting active across the country.

“But inequalities remain and we must continue working to make sure the benefits of an active lifestyle are available to everyone.

“That’s why the partnerships with key organisations across Greater Manchester are so important – they will allow us to reach even more people with opportunities to get active.”

Since the MoU was first signed in 2016 the region has already seen an increase in walking and cycling investment, as well as agreeing that organisations work together to bring down the barriers many experience when trying to get active.

This new approach to the issue is part of our local delivery pilot programme, of which Greater Manchester is the largest of 12 locations around the country.

The region has some of England's highest levels of inactivity, but our latest Active Lives Adult Survey shows that efforts in the area are having an effect, with nearly 15,000 more people now doing more than 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity a week, than 12 months ago.

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