Improve Activity Levels and Promote Healthy Lifestyles
Engagement in, and access to, inclusive physical activity with peers is essential for the physical and mental health of those we work with.
Why focus on improving activity levels?
Young people living in or near the least affluent areas of the UK are known to be the least active and are less likely to have the opportunity to access sustained high quality structured activities. Access to sport and facilities is a major issue for young people living with a disability, and this is illustrated by the fact that there are 1.2m young people with a disability in the UK who access sport rarely or not at all.
Importance of a healthy lifestyle
Children living in deprived areas are substantially more likely to be obese. One in six children aged 5-16 were identified as having a probable mental health problem as of July 2021 and you are more likely to have lower mental health if you live with a disability. Regular activity, be it physical exercise or social activity that makes you feel like you’re part of something, is vital for young people’s physical and mental health.