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ukactive chief backs 'healthy towns' strategy

ukactive is backing NHS proposals to create 10 “Healthy New Towns” that place physical activity at the heart of community life.

Under proposals, those who meet weekly activity targets could be offered discount gym memberships, savings on weekly supermarket shopping and sports gear, or free cinema tickets. Plans would also see housing developers offering free bikes with new homes, while streets could feature public gyms, adventure areas and sprint tracks.

NHS England’s Healthy New Towns programme, which was launched in March 2016, looks at how health and wellbeing can be placed at the heart of urban design and planning. The aim is to reduce pressure on the NHS by radically rethinking how people live.

The vision moved a step closer after NHS officials examined schemes, with Citiesmode, a London-based city planning consultancy, winning a design competition for Halton Lea in Cheshire. “Halton Connected” includes an urban obstacle course, connecting public gym equipment and sprinting tracks marked out on safe pavements.

“If there’s to be a much needed wave of housebuilding across England, let’s ‘design-in’ health from the start,” Simon Stevens, NHS England chief executive, told the Daily Telegraph:

Backing such ideas, ukactive urged the Government to “rip up the rulebook for town planning” and “embrace innovative solutions to get people back on their feet”.

ukactive chief executive Steven Ward said that incentivised gym memberships could provide a creative method to encourage people to be active, adding that “incentivisation has worked in supermarkets to make us buy more food so why shouldn’t it work for getting people more active?”

Ward said there were opportunities for gyms and leisure centres to help make “physical activity the beating heart of Britain’s healthy towns”. He called for a £1bn (US$1.3bn, €1.1bn) investment in Britain’s leisure facilities to create wellness hubs as the focal point of these new healthy towns – harnessing the physical activity sector as a new preventative frontline for the NHS.

The final Halton Lea plan and delivery strategy is due to be announced in January 2018.

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