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Place Standard Film and Evaluation Report Launched

Last Updated: 6/26/2017

NHS Health Scotland and partners have published a short film about the Place Standard and an evaluation of how it is being implemented across Scotland. The places and spaces where we live and work have an impact on our health and wellbeing. It is important that they are designed to promote good health and reduce health inequalities. The people who live in a community are best placed to design the spaces and places where they live and work. The Place Standard Tool can help with this. Watch the Place Standard Film and access the Evaluation below:

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Sport for everyone - Consultation phase 2

Last Updated: 6/26/2017

A call has been made for written views by the Scottish Parliament and Health and Sport Committee as part of phase 2 of its Sport for Everyone Inquiry. The Committee is keen to receive responses which focus on grassroots sport and the importance of developing strategies to remove barriers to participation. It is also interested in hearing views on how Scotland might increase sport and physical activity participation rates across all groups and sectors of society. Responses could address the following questions: 1. Can you provide examples where a community-based approach has been successful in removing barriers to participation in sport and physical activity? 2. What were the key ingredients to that success? 3. Were there any approaches that were particularly successful in increasing participation among certain social groups, like women, ethnic minorities, certain age-groups? 4.To what extent are these approaches unique to a particular area and set of circumstances, or replicable in other parts of the country? The call for views will close on 30 June. Read more below:

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Everyday Adventures

Last Updated: 6/26/2017

Mark Beaumont, long distance cyclist, has joined forces with Sustrans to encourage others to enjoy short ‘everyday adventures’ on the National Cycle Network in Scotland. The new short film shows the sporting star’s non-competitive side as he moves through various guises, from stylish corporate Brompton rider to about-town family man with toddler in tow and then leisure cyclist escaping the city. The video is intended to promote accessible, everyday leisure cycling routes around Scotland’s towns and cities, and to provide inspiration by showcasing some of the iconic landmarks and visitor attractions which are often only a short bike ride away. The video can be accessed below:

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Cycling Scotland's Development Grant Fund Invites Applications

Last Updated: 6/26/2017

Cycling Scotland welcomes applications to its Cycle Friendly Development Grant Fund 2017/18 from community groups across Scotland. The Transport Scotland funded scheme is intended to encourage cycling in local communities, thereby increasing the number of local people making journeys by bike. Constituted community groups and organisations who are actively working towards Cycle Friendly status can apply for grants of up to £20,000 to facilitate projects which support improvement to cycling facilities and infrastructure. Examples of eligible expenditure include: • Procuring bicycles to improve community access to bikes, tackling inequality. • Installing or enhancing cycle parking to increase capacity and/or security. •Creating maintenance hubs (including procurement of tools, but not consumables). Although capital improvements will be at the core of successful proposals, Cycling Scotland will also consider funding complimentary activities, such as: • Monitoring and evaluation. • Cycle training. • Maintenance training. • Sessional work and support. • Promotional and engagement activities. The deadline for applications is 30 June 2017 (5pm). Further information is available below:

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New Strategic Plan Launched

Last Updated: 5/19/2017

Scottish Disability Sport (SDS) has launched a new strategic plan which will direct the work of the Association through to 2021 and beyond. The plan, entitled “Inspiring Through Inclusion 2017-2021“, has been developed following a comprehensive consultation process with key partners and strategic bodies across Scotland. This Association’s vision is to lead inclusive sport in Scotland for participants and athletes with a physical, sensory or learning disability. Read more:

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Still too many barriers to participation in sport

Last Updated: 5/19/2017

A Scottish Parliament committee examining the levels of participation in sport says there is still work to be done in encouraging more people to take part in grassroots sport, over two years after Glasgow hosted the Commonwealth Games. The finding is included in an interim report of the committee’s inquiry into barriers to sport participation, the Commonwealth Games legacy and barriers to sport. Members of the committee visited Community Sports Hubs around the country and the committee also carried out a survey of over 3,000 people to gather views as to why people either do or do not participate in sport or physical activity. The biggest barrier to participation was a perceived lack of time. A shortage of local facilities and cost were also seen as significant barriers. The survey revealed that females (25%) were almost twice as likely as males (13%) to not take part in regular sport or physical activity. Feeling self-conscious and carer or family commitments were the leading reasons of non-participation for females. Read more:

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Comic Relief's Funding Programme Opens

Last Updated: 4/11/2017

Comic Relief’s Communities and Sport for change funding stream is now open. The Communities and Sport for Change funding programme is looking for grant proposals between £40,000 and £75,000 for up to two years of activity in Glasgow and North Lanarkshire. They want groups to think about what is not working in their community and how sport and physical activity can be used as part of a solution to address the issues. Typical problems might be anti-social behaviour and older people feeling isolated or a lack of community cohesion. Find out more below:

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Step into a healthier workplace this spring

Last Updated: 3/31/2017

Paths for All have just launched their spring Step Count Challenge. Teams from workplaces across Scotland will be challenging themselves to walk more and feel the difference. The challenge supports staff to find simple and sustainable ways of building a little more activity into their working day including; walking to work, going for a lunchtime stroll, walking meetings and using the stairs rather than the lift. The challenge starts on the 1 May and runs for 8 weeks. Participants enter in teams of 5 and record their steps using a pedometer, app or device. Everyone gets a user account where they record their daily steps, share comments with their team and track the team's progress on a leaderboard. There will be the usual competitions, prizes and more. Paths for All has been running the challenge for five years now and in that time over 18,000 people have taken part. Together, they have counted more than eight and a half billion steps, equal to almost four million miles. 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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Tackling the School Run

Last Updated: 3/31/2017

In February 2016, the Scottish Government commissioned research to provide the latest evidence on school transport choices and approaches which influence these choices. It aims to inform policies that minimise car use and maximise active travel. There is no single answer to achieving high levels of sustainable transport, but combining several elements can be successful. For example, provision of infrastructure for active travel, training to allow safe use of infrastructure, initiatives to encourage behaviour change (competitions, incentives) and achieving buy-in from the whole school community. Key challenges identified by the research include safety concerns, resource constraints, sustaining active travel rates as children move through the school system from primary school to secondary school, funding pressures and wider societal norms around car use, walking and cycling. The findings are of particular interest to policy makers and practitioners working in transport, education, health, environment and planning with greater cross-departmental working integral to tackling the school run and promoting travel behaviour change. Read more below:

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Drive to get older people active in Scotland

Last Updated: 3/31/2017

The Scottish Government and the Care Inspectorate have announced a £1 million drive to help develop and spread work to increase levels of physical activity in older people in Scotland. Older people in care homes across Scotland are set to benefit from a programme to boost physical activity. An improvement programme will run which provides training and development to staff in care services in different areas in Scotland. Local learning events will be held and the programme team will offer support to care services to help increase levels of physical activity in the older people they care for. In Scotland there are 866 care homes for older people, approximately 2,500 care at home/housing support services and many other support services for adults. Developing and spreading work to improve physical activity participation in these care services through the proposed improvement programme supports the Scottish Government’s 2020 vision of maintaining people in their own home or in a homely environment, prevention of ill health and admission to hospital and supporting self-management. Read more below:

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Cycling Tourism worth £345 million to the economy

Last Updated: 3/31/2017

A new report from Sustrans Scotland sets out advice for tourism businesses in Scotland to cater for cycle tourists. Cycling tourism was valued at £345 million in 2015. The report details five adjustments that businesses can make to be more accommodating for cyclists: 1. Local information - provide local knowledge of cycle friendly destinations and trail guides to inspire visitors 2 Bike security - provide a safe place to store bikes for a couple of hours/overnight to ensure cyclists feel comfortable about the security of their bikes 3. Be more flexible - some cyclists may leave early or arrive late to their destination. Serving early breakfasts or late dinners will be appreciated and remembered by visitors. 4 Bike maintenance facilities - a few simple facilities such as a bike pump, an emergency repair kit or basic tools could be a real winner 5. Washing and drying facilities - after battling the elements, cyclists may welcome a place to wash and dry their clothes ahead of another day’s adventure. Read more below:

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Sport for Everyone - Health and Sport Committee inquiry

Last Updated: 2/17/2017

The Health and Sport Committee at the Scottish Parliament launched a survey looking at sport and physical activity in Scotland. People were invited to take part in a short survey on sport participation. The committee wanted to hear views on why people do/do not participate in sport or physical activity. The work is being done to examine the recent progress on sport participation in Scotland and to inform recommendations to ensure the Commonwealth Games legacy continues over the medium to long term.

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Sport for Everyone Inquiry - Survey

Last Updated: 1/16/2017

The Health and Sport Committee has today launched an inquiry looking at participation in sport in Scotland. The remit for this work is: to consider the degree of progress made in recent years around access to, and participation in, sport in Scotland. To make recommendations in ensuring that the Commonwealth Games "Active Legacy" aims of increasing access to and participation in sport continue over the medium to long term. As part of the inquiry, a short survey has also been launched on sport participation which only takes a couple of minutes to complete. The survey will run until 7th February 2017 and can be accessed from the link below:

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Scottish Health and Social Care Plan

Last Updated: 1/10/2017

The Scottish Government has published its Health and Social Care Delivery Plan which emphasises an approach based on anticipation, prevention and self-management through creating a culture where health behaviours are the norm. In 2017, a new delivery plan will aim to reduce inequalities in physical activity across Scotland. In 2019, an NHS Physical Activity pathway will be embedded in all appropriate clinical settings to ensure that hospitals routinely support staff and patients to be more active, in schools to create quality activity opportunities and in the community through the delivery of 200 Community Sports Hubs. The full delivery plan can be accessed from the link below:

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John Muir Award Activity Growth

Last Updated: 1/9/2017

The popular central Scotland walking trail has attracted many more John Muir Award participants. John Muir Awards have been completed by 555 participants who visited the John Muir Way as part of their Award this year. Of these Awards, 28% were achieved by people experiencing some form of disadvantage. The year has seen an increase in the range of different Award activities taking place on the John Muir Way – from school pupils getting to know local wild places, to community champions receiving training on how Muir-related initiatives can encourage diverse communities to access, experience and enjoy the outdoors.

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Scotland review of Active Travel policy implementation

Last Updated: 12/19/2016

In 2015, the Scottish Government undertook a review of how its policies relating to active travel are implemented across the country. It aimed to understand how policies can deliver high levels of active travel. The report concluded that the Scottish Government’s ambition for increased levels of walking and cycling is recognised by and shared across various policy areas but that there are potential weaknesses in policy delivery. Key findings To improve active travel outcomes, it is recommended that the Scottish Government: improves the evidence base of the benefits of active travel and on what types of investment are most effective to increase rates of walking and cycling undertakes more rigorous monitoring of active travel uptake, by location and socio-demographic group, in order to identify locations and groups for which investment may be particularly worthwhile, and to identify successes where they arise takes a lead, through advocacy and/or specific funding, in promoting active travel in particular target locations and/or for particular target groups expands funding for active travel measures if possible, but particularly seeks to provide longer-term consistency of funding, especially revenue funding.

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Let’s get moving

Last Updated: 12/19/2016

A new campaign from Age Scotland to inspire and help older adults to keep active with age. The aim of Let’s Get Moving is to raise awareness of the importance of physical activity and exercise and encourage older people to build this into their daily lives, especially if they aren’t currently active. Age Scotland is planning some ‘challenge’ events to inspire older adults to get active, the first of which is The Coastline Challenge. Older adults are encouraged to get involved individually or in groups to pick a piece of the Scottish Coastline and cover the distance in any way possible – either through walking, jogging, dancing or cycling. Age Scotland is trying to reach a total of 6,160 miles.

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Ramblers' Walking Pals Photo Competition

Last Updated: 12/6/2016

Ramblers Scotland's new Walking Pals photography competition provides a great excuse to get active this month. The walking charity is looking for entries that show that walking isn't just good for your health but also a wonderful way to be sociable and make friends. The winner will collect a walking holiday for them and a friend in the Lake District worth £500. And two runners - up will each win £50 Cotswold Outdoor vouchers. The deadline is 31st January and winners will be contacted in March. You can find out more details and enter at: http://www.ramblers.org.uk/go-walking/walking-pals-photography-competition.aspx

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New Health Scotland Website

Last Updated: 11/24/2016

NHS Health Scotland has just launched its new website, www.healthscotland.scot. Easy to navigate and use on any device, the site has prominent focus on addressing and helping share improved understanding about health inequalities, offering access to useful information, research, tools and resources. The site, including our Physical Activity page, is designed to provide information and practical support with the aim of benefitting policy and practice to reduce health inequalities and improve health The website is being delivered in phases and we welcome any feedback to help us improve it to meet your needs. Once you’ve explored the site you can share your thoughts on it using the feedback form link that sits on every page. Make sure you bookmark our new site so that you are able to access, use and share key facts and practical resources when you need them.

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A walk in the park for volunteer award winners

Last Updated: 11/23/2016

Walk in the Park’ Walk Leaders were presented with the ‘Champion Community Award’ at a recent award ceremony. This award acknowledges the community approach of the Walk Leaders who work to improve the life for those who live in and visit the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. The Community Partnership Awards each year celebrates the role of volunteers from communities within the National Park. These awards recognise the amazing work being carried out at grassroots level in communities The Walk in the Park Project’s 33 Walk Leaders, from across the four walking groups in Balloch, Killin, Callander and Aberfoyle were honoured to receive the Champion Community Award, recognising the amazing role the Volunteer Walk Leaders play in the success of the Walk in the Park Project. It is a fantastic achievement and really well deserved.

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