SHOCKING new figures have revealed the effects of physical inactivity in South Derbyshire cost the NHS a whopping £1.38 million a year.
The Community Sports Trust published the stunning stat as part of a bid to get more people ‘fit and active’ and reduce the number of people falling ill as a result of being overweight and unhealthy.
It was also revealed that 61 deaths a year in South Derbyshire could be prevented if people aged 40 to 79 engaged in the recommended levels of physical activity.
A spokesman for the group said: “The total health cost of physical inactivity for the NHS in terms of treating bowel cancer, breast cancer, coronary heart disease and cerebrovascular disease is estimated at more than £1.38 million a year in South Derbyshire alone.
“We believe 28.3 per cent of over 16s in the area do less than 30 minutes of physical activity a week compared to the recommended guidelines of 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week.
“The adult obesity rate for the county is 25.3 per cent.
“A total of 56.7 per cent of the 16 plus population do 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity per week in bouts of 10 minutes or more.
“However, we are encouraged to see that 52.2 per cent of South Derbyshire residents have said they want to do more sport.
“It’s worrying that more than a quarter of adults in the area are inactive and obese. The good news is that it’s clear that people want to get fitter
“Inspired by the 2012 Olympics, our aim is simple - we want people of all ages and abilities in villages across the county to get active.
“Our network of village games co-ordinators and community sports activators work at grassroots level delivering sport on the doorstep.
“Our groups are especially set up for people who haven’t been physically active before or for a while.”
More information is available online at www.communitysportstrust.co.uk