The Active Partnerships national team have featured an article including some of our work within Suffolk.
11 counties within England have the opportunity to use walking, wheeling and cycling in order to improve physical and mental health and to reduce disparities -
through the promotion by GPs. £12.7million is being distributed nationally on this agenda, over multiple years - and Suffolk is one of the 11 areas to benefit from
These pilots specifically look to assess the impact of physical activity on an individual's health through the reduction of burden placed on the health service
(reduced GP visits, less medication required etc). The funding will be used on initiatives such as bike loans, adult cycle training and cycling mental health
groups. This is in tandem with investment to improving infrastructure to enhance cycling and walking participation.
The quote taken from the article about Active Suffolk's work reads:
"Active Suffolk are one of the stakeholders in the Suffolk scheme which will see £1.5 million focused on Ipswich and Lowestoft. Led by the Public Health and
Transport Strategy teams at Suffolk County Council other stakeholders include the primary care networks, Healthwatch Suffolk, Community Action Suffolk, Active
Suffolk, and the University of Suffolk Integrated Care Academy. The county's former NHS clinical commissioning groups - now Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated
Care System and Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care System – are also stakeholders. Read more about the Active Suffolk pilot."