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MORE than one million Scots are at risk of transport poverty, which would leave them without access to essential services or work, a study has shown.

Last Updated: 11/17/2017

MORE than one million Scots are at risk of transport poverty, which would leave them without access to essential services or work, a study has shown. A study by sustainable transport charity Sustrans Scotland found that up to 20 per cent of neighbourhoods studied were at risk of transport poverty occurring. And the areas at higher risk were far more likely to be in accessible small towns (28 per cent) or accessible rural locations (30 per cent) than in remote parts of the country. Entitled Transport Poverty In Scotland the report was released at the start of Challenge Poverty Week. The research used data on household income, access to cars and public transport, and allocated risk ratings accordingly. Read more below:

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Sustrans study shows people in cities want segregated space for cycling

Last Updated: 11/17/2017

The Bike Life study is run every two years by cycling and walking charity Sustrans and seven major cities. Sustrans’ Bike Life 2017, the UK’s biggest assessment of cycling in cities, reveals four in five people (78%) want more protected bike routes built to make cycling safer, even when this could mean less space for other road traffic. The Bike Life study is run every two years by cycling and walking charity Sustrans and seven major cities: Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Greater Manchester and Newcastle. Inspired by the Copenhagen Bicycle Account, it looks at progress across infrastructure, travel habits, public attitudes and the impact of cycling more widely. Bike Life shows that most people living in these cities think cycling is a good thing. Out of the thousands of residents interviewed, sixty four per cent said they would cycle more if on-road cycle routes physically separated from traffic and pedestrians were available. And over two-thirds think their city would be a better place to live and work if more people cycled. You can find out more below:

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Scottish Government consultation on national obesity strategy

Last Updated: 11/17/2017

The Scottish Government is seeking responses to a consultation on a range of actions to improve diet and weight in Scotland. Alongside the launch, it announced funding of £42 million over the next 5 years to expand services. For physical activity, the consultation sets out ambitions to: •increase investment in active travel and link this with efforts to support weight management activity •improve planning systems to create enabling spaces for physical activity •the continuation of existing programmes, eg, Active Schools and Daily Mile to maintain physical activity and a healthy weight. The consultation document asks: How can our work to encourage physical activity contribute most effectively to tackling obesity? The consultation runs from the 26th October 2017 to the 31st January 2018. Download A healthier future - action and ambitions on diet, activity and healthy weight: Consultation document below:

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Nature Walks for Wellbeing Pilot Launched

Last Updated: 11/17/2017

In partnership with NHS Forth Valley, Scottish Waterways Trust has launched a new pilot programme to offer outdoor nature therapy to adults in Falkirk, along the town’s canals and surrounding greenspace. Nature Walks for Wellbeing, funded by The Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland, is a programme of green exercise, health walks and nature-based therapy activities aimed at helping adults in Falkirk who are living with poor mental health, and may be experiencing exclusion and isolation. The 2 10 week-long pilot programmes aim to improve community health and wellbeing through a vibrant range of activities, including sensory explorations, mindful discovery, natural history learning, and outdoor physical activities such as yoga. Participants, who are referred onto the programme through the Woodlands Resource Centre in Falkirk Community Hospital, will also get to try new experiences and learn new skills. Led by NHS clinical staff and a Community Engagement Officer from Scottish Waterways Trust, Nature Walks for Wellbeing are delivered in 90 minute sessions which enhance mood and self-esteem, and provide a wide range of physical and mental health benefits, along with reducing social isolation. In total, 30 people are set to benefit from the initial pilot programme in Falkirk, and Scottish Waterways Trust is fundraising to continue the project once the pilot programmes have ended. More information can be found here:

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LCTT Challenge Fund Round 2 open for applications

Last Updated: 10/26/2017

Transport Scotland’s Low Carbon Travel and Transport Challenge Fund is now open for Round 2 applications. Energy Saving Trust administers the fund on behalf of Transport Scotland. Public, community and third sector organisations can apply for funding under the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020 Programme to facilitate the delivery of active travel and low carbon transport hubs. Following the first round of funding awards, there remains £2.25 million of uncommitted ERDF funds to invest in projects from the Highlands and Islands (H&I) area and £2.15 million of ERDF funds for projects from the Lowlands and Uplands (LUPS) area of Scotland. Transport Scotland is also making available a limited amount of funding - up to £1 million - to support a proportion of the funding requirements of projects. Transport Scotland has made the following changes to the criteria for the second funding call: • Total eligible project costs are set at a minimum of £250,000 and a maximum of £2 million. • Transport Scotland’s match funding support enables organisations to bid for up to 80% (in H&I) or 70% (in LUPS) of the total project costs. • Path-only applications will be considered provided they can demonstrate that the path works are of sufficient scale and strategic importance, supporting functional trips. • Projects must be completed by December 2019. Please note the deadline for all applications is Friday 19 January 2018, 4pm. To find out more about the Challenge Fund please see below:

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Rate your Walk to School

Last Updated: 10/25/2017

Families across the UK are being asked to comment on their walk to school throughout October to help Living Streets build a picture of our streets. The survey will help them to identify barriers that prevent families from walking to school. ‘Rate Your Walk’ is an online tool that enables families to comment on their walk to school. You can rate any length walk, but they recommend to rate a walk of approximately 20 minutes. Read more below:

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Introducing Ramblers Scotland's Out There Campaign

Last Updated: 10/25/2017

Out There is a new campaign, Rambler Scotland is launching this autumn to help more people in Scotland enjoy the amazing landscapes and world-class access rights. Through events, press releases, social media and email bulletins over the next few years, Out There will offer fans of Scotland’s outdoors a wide array of ways to celebrate and protect all that makes our country so special. Whiile Out There is for everyone – from those who are taking their first steps into the countryside to hardy hillwalkers – there will be a particular focus on encouraging non-Ramblers members and decision-makers to appreciate what makes Scottish walking so special. You can stay up to date with the campaign here:

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Sported and Women in Sport launch a new ‘sport for change’ programme

Last Updated: 10/25/2017

Sported and Women in Sport have come together to launch a new Sport for Change programme to help girls in the most deprived areas of the UK to fulfil their potential by opening up access to sport. The programme is funded by Comic Relief as part of its Levelling the Field initiative. The joint programme seeks to help community sport groups in deprived areas of Scotland, South West England and the West Midlands. It aims to tackle gender stereotypes by improving the sport offering for girls and women and better meeting their needs. The community groups will benefit from expert workshops, gaining insights from Women in Sport’s research into the values and motivations that guide girls’ decision making, and how to apply these to the design, delivery and marketing of tailored sports activities. Each group will be supported by Sported volunteer mentors and regional managers for six months to embed the insights from the training and develop a business plan with a focus on girls’ engagement and inclusion. Additionally, nine girls from across the project will be identified as peer influencers. The girls will be coached and supported by Women in Sport to encourage their female peers to participate in sport and expand their aspirations. Read more below:

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79% of Scottish Adults take part in physical activity

Last Updated: 10/10/2017

Headline findings from the Scottish Household Survey reveal that in 2016, 79% of adults had taken part in physical activity and sport in the previous four weeks. The rise in physical activity is driven by the rise in recreational walking. Participation in all physical activity and sport remained relatively stable between 2007 and 2010 but recently people have become more active. The Scottish Household Survey (SHS) is a continuous survey based on a random sample of the general population in private residences in Scotland. Questions are asked face-to-face by an interviewer in homes all over Scotland. Read more below:

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Big Team Challenge

Last Updated: 10/10/2017

Are you looking for a simple, affordable, and flexible exercise based workplace challenge? If so, why not follow in the footsteps of 4 NHS Boards, among others, and check out Big Team Challenge which gives you all the tools you need to create your own tailored walking challenge and puts you in control. As the challenge organiser you choose the virtual route to walk, when to start and when to end the challenge, and who is allowed to register to take part. Daily steps walked in the real world are mapped onto a centralised virtual route. Competing in teams encourages teamwork and a healthy sense of competition. Find out more about Big Team Challenge below:

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Launch of the iHub Improvement Fund

Last Updated: 9/19/2017

The grant making function of Healthcare Improvement Scotland’s (HIS) Improvement Hub (ihub), is delighted to announce the launch of the 2017-2018 Improvement Fund. The Improvement Fund launched for the first time in September 2016 and received a high level of interest, with grants awarded to a variety of projects ranging from pharmacists working with people who are homeless to helping provide remote support to people with multiple sclerosis. More information about all of last year’s successful projects can be viewed on their website . This year’s criteria has been adapted and the process based on the learning and feedback received in the first year. The Improvement Fund has £200,000 to award in financial year 2017-18 and applicants can apply for grants between £5,000 and £75,000. Applications will be accepted between Friday 1 to Friday 22 September 2017 from Health and Social Care Partnerships, Integration Authorities, Local Authorities, NHS Territorial Boards (that is those working at a local level), third sector organisations (for example charities, voluntary organisations), not-for-profit organisations (including social enterprises), health or social care providers (that are not national public sector bodies or private providers) and housing organisations. The Expression of Interest form is now available on the website in advance of the application period being open. Projects will be funded that: • design and test new solutions that have the potential to lead to sustainable measurable improvements and/or spread ideas that have already been tested and demonstrated impact • are ready to go and have a senior organisational sponsor • have a plan to actively share learning locally, regionally and/or nationally • will have a direct impact on service users within a 12–15 month funding period • contribute to the delivery of the National Health and Wellbeing Outcomes, and • contribute to the delivery of local integration priorities and strategies and the reducing inequalities agenda.

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Physical activity and the environment (update): Draft guidance consultation

Last Updated: 9/19/2017

The NICE Physical Activity and the Environment Update Guideline is now out for consultation. The consultation closes on 02 October 2017 at 5pm and the documents can be downloaded from the weblink below:

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A Nation with Ambition - The Government’s programme for Scotland 2017-18

Last Updated: 9/19/2017

The Scottish Government has launched its Programme for Government 2017-18 which sets out the actions it will take in the forthcoming year. A Nation With Ambition outlines the Scottish Government’s commitments to tackling the challenge of poor public health with new initiatives to reduce obesity, boost active travel, improve mental health and tackle air pollution. It plans to build an Active Nation, boosting investment in walking and cycling and putting active travel at the heart of our transport planning. Actions will include: • making towns and cities friendlier and safer spaces for pedestrians and cyclists by increasing investment that supports active travel from £40 million to £80 million per year from 2018-19 • appointing an Active Nation Commissioner to ensure delivery of world-class active travel infrastructure across Scotland • stepping up promotion of the use of electric bicycles to ensure as many people as possible can benefit from active travel • delivering projects which help older people benefit from our network of walking and cycling routes. Download A Nation with Ambition below:

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2017 European Week of Sport

Last Updated: 9/19/2017

The European Week of Sport takes place between 23rd and 30th September and aims to support and promote the benefits of an active lifestyle. The week is based on a key message to be active, using grassroots initiatives to inspire people to take part in regular activity and create opportunities in people’s everyday lives to be happier and healthier through physical activity. Three themed days will take place: • Saturday 23rd: Outdoors - A focus on the benefits and use of green space to get active. • Sunday 24th: Sports Clubs - Open days and taster sessions to increase participation at local clubs. • Monday 25th - Mindful: A focus on the benefits of physical activity on mental wellbeing. To be part of the week you can register your event and use the promotional material supplied to help promote your event. Read more

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The Daily Mile to be rolled out beyond schools in Scotland

Last Updated: 9/19/2017

All Scottish schools are being encouraged to take part in the Daily Mille and the Scottish Government is encouraging schools, nurseries, colleges and universities across the country to join in to make Scotland a Daily Mile nation. Currently, around 800 Scottish primary schools take part in the initiative which encourages people to walk, jog or run a mile every day. It is now being rolled out beyond the school sector.

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Step into a healthier workplace this autumn

Last Updated: 9/19/2017

Paths for All have launched their autumn Step Count Challenge, which begins on Monday 30th October. For four weeks, teams of five from workplaces across Scotland will make a change by walking more, tracking and recording their daily step count, and taking part in weekly challenges with the chance to win prizes. Using their own pedometers, mobile apps and fitness trackers, participants enter in teams of 5 and record their steps whilst increasing their activity levels by walking to work, going for a lunchtime stroll, and using the stairs rather than the lift. Everyone taking part records their daily steps on an online user account, where they can also share comments with their team and track the team's progress on a leader board. Paths for All has been running the challenge for five years, and over this time more than eight and a half billion steps, equal to almost four million miles, have been recorded. During this year’s spring challenge, over 963 teams, consisting of 4,663 participants, took part. People who took part in the spring challenge commented that “It was great fun, got me away from my desk every lunch time!” and “It was extremely enjoyable, and was a great initiative that helped bond our team together”. The outcome is the challenge makes a difference to people’s health. The University of Edinburgh carried out research into participants’ physical activity levels before and after the challenge. They found that those taking part walked over one and half hours more and sat for six hours less each week*. You can register now and purchase pedometers for your workplace at:

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Low Carbon Travel and Transport Challenge Fund

Last Updated: 9/19/2017

The launch of a second round of funding under the Low Carbon Travel and Transport (LCTT) Challenge Fund is approaching! The new application round will be launched in October 2017 for projects to be completed by December 2019. A call for expression of interest is now open. An information sheet and EOI forms are now available for download. For more information, please see the LCTT Challenge Fund website below. A series of events will be hosted to provide you with an opportunity to hear more about the key features of the LCTT Challenge Fund and a chance to discuss specific questions. If you wish to take part, please follow the links to register.

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The National Walking and Cycling Network in Scotland helps increase physical activity say nearly 80% of users

Last Updated: 9/8/2017

A new report on Scotland’s National Walking and Cycling Network shows almost four fifths of users believe that the network of paths helps them increase their physical activity. Over half (52%) stated that the existence of Scotland’s National Walking and Cycling Network allowed them to actively travel on foot or by bike rather than taking the car. Read the full story here:

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Cycle to work day - 13th September

Last Updated: 9/5/2017

Join thousands of others cycling to work on 13 September. Whether you're commuting by bike for the first time or you already ride to work on a regular basis, it's time to get ready for joining in the UK's biggest one-day celebration of cycling to work. Pledge your ride below and you'll be entered into a prize draw to win some amazing prizes.

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Digital Mapping for healthier and greener communities

Last Updated: 9/5/2017

Ordnance Survey has released a new map feature to enable people to find greenspaces in Britain. The new layer of maps lets users find different places for leisure and recreation across England, Scotland and Wales. The map will help users discover public parks, playing fields, sports facilities, play areas or allotments. This new resource is Britain’s most comprehensive catalogue of accessible places.

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