Members of the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet have welcomed a new strategy designed to help more people in Wolverhampton get active – and say the council will contribute fully to help deliver it.

With latest data showing that physical activity levels among both adults and children in Wolverhampton are among the lowest in the country, the city's health and wellbeing board, Wolverhampton Health and Wellbeing Together, has developed a draft Physical Activity Strategy.

It was considered by members of the council's Cabinet on Wednesday (18 October) and will be presented to the Health and Wellbeing Together board in due course. 

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, Cabinet Member for Adults and Wellbeing and chair of the Health and Wellbeing Together board, told the meeting: “Physical inactivity is responsible for a staggering one in six deaths in our city. if we are truly going to make a difference to life expectancy, we must find a way of helping our residents to be more active.

“Whilst we as a council have a part to play, I firmly believe that this very complex issue needs to be tackled in partnership as a city. That's why Wolverhampton Health and Together Wellbeing Board is best positioned to lead on this crucial piece of work.”

The draft strategy and associated action plans are designed to inspire and support adults and children to move more and build activity into their daily lives. They focus on four themes:

  • Active Wulfrunians – creating a city where everyone is physically active every day and understands the benefits of being active and how to be active in a way that suits their ability.
  •  Active City – creating and promoting suitable activities, programmes and infrastructure which enables residents to engage in regular physical activity that meets their needs.
  • Active Spaces and Places – creating a city where community spaces are enhanced, invested in and protected, and which encourage and promote physical activity.
  • Active Systems – working collaborative as a whole system to create leadership, governance and partnerships that enable practice and protocols to promote physical activity across all sectors.

Councillor Jaspal continued: “Whatever your age, there's strong scientific evidence that being physically active can help you lead a healthier and happier life and reduce your risk of developing major illnesses like coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer.

"It can also boost your self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy levels, as well as reducing your risk of stress, depression and dementia.

"We also recognise that being healthy and feeling good is about more than simply not being ill; lots of different factors shape our health and wellbeing – where we live, our education, income, the type of job we do, our lifestyles, access to green spaces, and the connections we have with other people.

"Through this strategy, as a city we want to create an environment where our residents can live longer, healthier and more active lives, and where every child in the city has the best start in life.

"This is an exciting chance for stakeholders to work together to make Wolverhampton a city that helps its residents to get moving more, and to enjoy the many benefits that enjoying an active lifestyle can offer."

To read the draft strategy, please visit Wolverhampton’s Physical Activity Strategy