Sunderland found least active region in the North East

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The people of Sunderland are the least active in the North East, according to the Active People survey.

The Active People survey found that 63 per cent of adults in Sunderland exercised for more than 30 minutes per week, whereas 74.4 per cent of adults in Newcastle exercised for more than 30 minutes per week.

The active people survey was completed by 151,912 adults, and it included other parts of the North East such as North Tyneside and South Tyneside, where adults were also exercising more than the people of Sunderland.

Ian Thurlbeck, relationship manager of Sport England North East said: “The survey provides us with a picture of the activity and the inactivity that is going on in the North East. We can now look at which areas we need to concentrate on and in this case Sunderland is the most inactive.

“The majority of the North East shows a good exercise rate, Newcastle setting the example. But we are always looking forward to getting more people into sport and exercise because it’s such an important part of staying healthy and fit.”

Work is already underway within Sunderland to help people to get more involved in sport and fitness with the help of Active Sunderland.

Simon Wardle, part of the sport and leisure team at Active Sunderland said: “We can now take this information into deep consideration and put our events and ideas into practice. By doing so, we can help the adults of Sunderland get out and become more active, whether it is playing different sports or healthy eating start-up classes. This is all going to help.”

Active Sunderland operates events in and around the area including Herrington Country Park and Silksworth Community Pool and Tennis Centre. The BIG Workout is the last event of the year and registrations are now open, but there is a lot more to come in 2015.

For all event listings go to www.sunderland.gov.uk#####

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