Active Calderdale

When we move, we’re stronger.

Halifax Opportunities Trust (HOT) cares and is committed to giving individuals and groups opportunities to improve their health and wellbeing. Some of our charitable aims are to:

  • To provide social and recreational activities
  • To protect the environment
  • To promote health and wellbeing activities

We believe that providing people with the right support can help influence positive changes in many aspects of their lives. We work with local partners to facilitate creative and collaborative initiatives that enrich the lives of our community and help us meet our aims.

Active Calderdale

Active Calderdale

Active Calderdale is a Local Development Pilot (LDP), introduced by Calderdale Council and funded by Sport England. Calderdale Council is the Local Authority that supports the borough in which HOT delivers its Services. In order to tackle inactivity in Calderdale, its aim is to surround the issue and make it an embedded part of day to day life for everyone in the borough, so that wherever you turn, you are receiving encouragement and opportunity to be physically active.

Its mission is to work with communities to make physical activity an embedded part of day to day life in Calderdale. By working with us, Active Calderdale is able to directly reach people so we can collectively improve the activity levels of individuals and groups, for physical and mental wellbeing.

Our collaboration means that the community is gaining further opportunities for improved health, by making the programme accessible to all. Here’s Active Calderdale’s Approach:

Taking Action

It’s no secret that people are less active than they were some 50 years ago. Factors such as technology have made our lives much easier, which is making us move less. Many of us drive, instead of walking; we have lifts, instead of stairs; Dishwashers, instead of washing up at a sink…

When we move around less, we burn off less energy. Research suggests that many adults spend more than seven hours a day sitting down, at work, on transport or in their leisure time. People aged over 65 spend 10 hours or more each day sitting or lying down, making them the most sedentary age group.

Find out more about this on the NHS website

Why do we need to be physically active?

Most people know that keeping active is good for our health – but did you know just how much good it can do?

Being more active can reduce your risk of diseases like cancer and diabetes, and it can keep you more mobile for longer as you grow older. It can also help you to feel better mentally, tackling conditions like depression and anxiety.

Being active can bring people together, build stronger communities and it can help the environment too!

You can improve your Physical Health

According to the NHS, physical exercise can reduce your risk of major illnesses, such as coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer and lower your risk of early death by up to 30%. (1)

You can improve your Mental Health

Physical activity has a huge potential to enhance our wellbeing. Even a short burst of 10 minutes’ brisk walking increases our mental alertness, energy and positive mood. Participation in regular physical activity can increase our self-esteem and can reduce stress and anxiety. (2)

You are reducing your carbon footprint

By participating in physical activity on foot, bike or within a group setting, you are helping to reduce your carbon footprint; compared to alternative activities, such as watching TV. If we all walked a little more and drove a little less, the quality of our air would be much better.

Our community will be stronger

By collectively moving more and creating more opportunities for people to come together and exercise, social inclusion will be improved. Having a sense of belonging is a key part of building strong communities. Read about this on our Staying Well page.

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Sources:

(1) https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/exercise-health-benefits/

(2) https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/how-to-using exercise#:~:text=Physical%20activity%20has%20a%20huge,can%20reduce%20stress%20and%20anxiety.