Hartlepool is sixth-laziest town in Britain

BIG ISSUE: More than one in three Poolies are classed as physically inactive
BIG ISSUE: More than one in three Poolies are classed as physically inactive

HARTLEPOOL has been ranked the sixth worst area in the country for the number of adults who don’t take part in any form of physical activity.

UK Active’s research found that overall, 30 per cent of people in England are classed as physically inactive, in that they do less than 30 minutes of moderate exercise, such as cycling or fast walking, a week.

Health experts recommend adults do 150 minutes of moderate activity over the course of a week in order to live a health life.

The area which came out top in the league of shame was Newham, in London, with 39.17 per cent of adults classed as inactive.

Hartlepool was not far behind, with the survey finding that 37.3 per cent of adults don’t get active each week.

Sunderland was ranked 13th, at a rate of 36.4 per cent.

The national average is 30 per cent.

The chairman of Hartlepool Borough Council’s health and well-being board, Coun Christopher Akers-Belcher, said: “We acknowledge the UK Active report and while we have a long way to go, we are making every effort to provide more opportunities for local people to get involved in sport.

“The Feel Good in Hartlepool project – which focuses on swimming, cycling, running, triathlon and a number of other sports – is receiving just under £200,000 of National Lottery funding over the next three years.”

He added: “The council has also recently announced it will be supporting Change4Life, a nationwide movement led by Public Health England, which aims to help people eat well, move more and live longer.”