Mar 02 2017

Get Active in Harrow – Consultation

A group of Harrow organisations, including the Young Harrow Foundation, are working together to help Harrow get more people, more active, more often. This is your chance to say how Harrow could be a borough which helps everyone get more active.

Experts recommend adults do 20-30 mins each day to stay fit and healthy and children aged 5-18 should be doing an hour a day. Under 5s should be moving for at least 3 hours a day. In Harrow 30% of adults are doing less than 30 minutes activity a week and only 14% of 15 year olds are active enough.

This is a factor which has led to 1 in 3 adults and 21% of children over 10 years of age being obese. In Harrow we have one of highest rate of Type 2 diabetes and the highest rate of pre-diabetes. We know being active improves our mental health and would help us address the high rates of social isolation affecting older people but also affecting an increasing number of younger people potentially driven by their addiction to social media.

We are fortunate that Harrow has 28 parks (one of the highest proportion of green spaces in London), 23 outdoor gyms, 37 allotments sites, 61 school with activities facilities and more.

Together we can use these great spaces to inspire and empower our community to get active every day and reduce the health issues we are facing. To do this we are bidding for money to help create the environments, activities and sports opportunities that will get Harrow people active as a normal part of their daily routine.

This is where you come in; the link below is to a survey where we are aiming for 20,000 people to tell us what they want. This is a chance for you, your friends, your family, your work colleagues and your network to tell us what activities, sports or changes to the environment you would like to see in Harrow which would help you get more active.


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  1. Wealdstone Warrior

    Already completed my consultation, took less than 5 minutes. I think the ethnic/age/sexuality questions took longer to complete than the actual consultation questions. Classic question – “Do you want to be more active” Yes or no? Can’t wait for the results to be published.

    I really hope the Young Harrow Foundation is not being funded by council tax or any other tax for that matter. What’s next Fat tax!

    Waistline snoopers, going around with scales and measuring tapes, fining you for being a bit chubby. The Council is building over car parks, in an attempt to get rid of cars. The streets & parks are unsafe, and they wonder why no one wants to walk around Harrow.

    Harrow Council
    – sort out the problems first, before you start interfering in peoples activity levels. These days we know damm well what is good or bad, we have so much information to hand about health and nutrition and exercise and given the choice between pizza or lettuce, it’s a no brainer. Harrow Council want residents to be more healthy, yet grant 24 hour alcohol licences in problem areas. Eat, Drink and be Merry!

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