This mental health awareness week, we’re backing a new physical activity and movement strategy by Active Suffolk, Move More to Feel Better. 

We know that movement helps with our mental health and wellbeing, but yet, in Suffolk, not enough of us are moving enough. This inactivity is having a negative and detrimental effect on both our physical and mental wellbeing. 

The Active Lives survey data for 2022 – 2023 for Suffolk informs that 25% (159,500) of adults are classed as inactive, whilst 30% (27,600) of children are classed as less active. Furthermore, where there are higher levels of inequality and deprivation in the county, there is a higher level of inactivity. 33.8% of adults living within the most disadvantaged communities in Suffolk are classed as inactive. 

We’re supporting this new strategy to help get more people moving who aren’t currently and help people to lead healthy active lives. Active Suffolk has identified eight key priorities which sit within three themes: People, Place and Partnerships. These priorities include identifying and working with people facing the deepest inequalities, ensuring active facilities are accessible and inclusive and collaborating with local organisations to make a bigger impact. 

This strategy will mean we can build a healthier and more resilient Suffolk. You can start moving more today, it doesn’t have to just be sport and exercise, hoovering, walking, and stretching are all good ways to be active! 

Read more about Move More to Feel Better in the strategy below or read the easy-read version: 

Move More to Feel Better

Move More to Feel Better – easy-read version