© westbridgfordwire.com Social prescriptions, including walking, wheeling and cycling, will be offered by GPs as part of a new trial to improve mental and physical health and reduce disparities across the country, the government has announced today (22 August 2022).
The government has awarded £12.7 million in multi-year funding to 11 local authority areas in England. The funding will go towards several pilot projects in each location, including: adult cycle training
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Other schemes include all-ability cycling taster days where people who may not have cycled before can try to in a friendly environment, or walking and cycling mental health groups where people can connect with their communities as they get active.
The pilots must be delivered alongside improved infrastructure so people feel safe to cycle and walk.
The 11 local authority areas that will trial social prescriptions are: Bath and North East Somerset Bradford Cornwall Cumbria Doncaster Gateshead Leeds Nottingham Plymouth Suffolk Staffordshire The pilots, a commitment in the government’s Gear Change plan published in 2020, aim to evaluate the impact of cycling and walking on an individual’s health, such as reduced GP appointments and reliance on medication due to more physical activity.For the first time, transport, active travel and health officials will work together towards a whole systems approach to health improvement and tackling health disparities.Walking and Cycling Minister, Trudy Harrison, said:“Walking and cycling has so many benefits – from improving air quality in our communities to reducing congestion on our busiest streets.“It also has […]