Solihull NHS Care Trust works in partnership with Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and other agencies and groups to provide opportunities for people to be active.
The majority of the Solihull residents, in line with the rest of the country, have been found not to be active enough to benefit their health. Many people have been found to over estimate what they actually do and under estimate the amount needed to benefit their health.
Physical inactivity is known to increase the risk of coronary heart disease as much as smoking, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Being physically active also helps prevent and manage obesity and diabetes. Physical activity helps children appreciate an active lifestyle and keeps older people mobile for as long as possible, helping them to remain independent.
Most health problems can be helped by regular physical activity but if you have a health problem or are worried about your health, check with your doctor about the amount and type of activity that is suitable for you. DocSpot and Living Well are two programmes aimed at improving health through physical activity.
To find out more about local opportunities for physical activity visit the SolihullActive website (www.solihull.gov.uk/activities). Information on specific local initiatives that may be able to help you are available via this website.