More people getting active in South Yorkshire, says MP

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MORE people in South Yorkshire are taking part in a sporting activity at least once a week compared to when Britain won the bid to stage the Olympics in 2005, Public Health Minister Anne Milton has announced.

The figures, taken from Sport England’s Active People Survey on behalf of the Department of Health’s Responsibility Deal Physical Activity Network, show a boost in activity levels in Yorkshire and the Humber.

Around 1,561,100 people now participate in one session of sport a week.

That shows an increase of more than 210,000 people on the year before.

Launched last year, the Physical Activity Network aims to get people more physically active.

Anne Milton MP said: “These figures show that Yorkshire and the Humber is really starting to get moving.

“For any one who hasn’t yet thought about it, I hope the London 2012 Olympics and Team GB, inspires you to get active, take up a sport and get more exercise.

“By getting physically active, we reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, type two diabetes and cancer, as well as improving our mental health and well-being.

“We are working on a number of ideas to show that sport can benefit people’s health, including Change4Life sport clubs and Games4Life personalised activity plans aimed at families. “After such a fantastic display of sport and culture over the last few weeks, many of us are feeling sad it has come to an end.

“The best way to beat the post-Olympics blues is to get active. Take up a new sport and, you never know, you could be part of your own Team GB.”