The Hertfordshire Year of Physical Activity, also known as HertsYOPA18, runs from 1 January to 31 December 2018. It is a year to focus on getting Hertfordshire moving and celebrate what the county has to offer to help our residents lead healthy lives!
Led by the Hertfordshire Sports and Physical Activity Partnership (HSP), Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) and Hertfordshire Association of Cultural Officers (HACO), and supported by the ten district councils along with many other organisations, everyone is encouraged to get involved.
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Why do we need a ‘year of physical activity’?
Leading an active lifestyle has many benefits to improving our physical and mental health. However, many adults and children are not meeting the national recommended levels for physical activity. One in five adults in Hertfordshire currently does less than thirty minutes of activity a week, which means they are missing out on a wide range of physical, mental and social benefits.
Did you know?
Regular physical activity is a natural medicine. It can reduce the risk of developing over 20 chronic conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some types of cancer. It can also help improve symptoms of depression and is a great way to meet new people, improve social connections, lift a low mood and improve sleep.
We want to make Hertfordshire become the most active county by:
- Increasing physical activity levels
- Shifting stubborn inactivity levels
- Celebrating what’s already happening
- Encouraging new programmes and events
- Please let use know what your club is going to do
Last edited by Ken Woodward on February 27, 2018