Residents among the most-active

A NEW survey shows people living in Hambleton and Richmondshire continue to be some of the most physically active in the country.

The Active People survey commissioned by Sport England – the largest single survey of sport and active recreation ever undertaken in the UK – found 27.7 per cent of over-16s living in Hambleton and 26.7 per cent in Richmondshire regularly take part in sport and active recreation.

Figures for both districts are above the North Yorkshire average (24.2 per cent) and the national average (21.8 per cent).

The results place Hambleton first in North Yorkshire and 11th out of 325 local authorities nationally. Richmondshire is placed second and 23rd on the national list.

Julie Hannon, Sport England relationship manager for local government, said: “These results endorse the fantastic work that has already been done – and continues to be done – by both local authorities as well as being encouraging for future physical activity projects.”

The survey measured what percentage of people do three lots of physical activity – lasting at least 30 minutes per session – every week. This is the amount of moderate-to-vigorous exercise that medical professionals say is necessary to improve an individual’s health.