What can you do in the school holidays that brings up questions about climate change and is fun with kids? At Climathon our youngest participants – Sasha and Freya, aged nine – came up with plenty of ideas, one of which was a card game. (more…)
Big Birmingham Bikes is making it easier for you to get on your bike. Whether it’s cycling to the park, to the shops or work or purely for fitness and pleasure, we have something for all the family.
Looking to get out on your bike this Spring? Why not take a look at whats on offer in your local area
See full details in the pdf below
Run Birmingham offers you the support that you need to take those first few steps to a new and active you! Our Run leaders are trained to give you support and guidance, with specially designed routes to ensure that no one gets left behind and no one is ever out of sight. Sometimes you need that extra help to achieve your goal and that’s why we are here to help.
For information about current groups please visit http://www.runbirmingham.com/ourgroups/
Active Parks have teamed up with Reward Your World so that you can now earn BetterPoints™ for getting active in Birmingham’s parks. From simply visiting the park, to walking the dog, taking a Tai Chi class or volunteering to help a Friends of Parks group, there are lots of ways to pick up points. You can then exchange BetterPoints™ for high street vouchers or donate them to local good causes, including back to the park. There are currently 24 parks in the program with more joining this summer. Start collecting rewards today by registering at the BetterPoints™ website or downloading the app from the App store or Google Play.
The new Summer programme of activities for the Spring and Summer has now been launched.
Keep visiting for updates on how the keep active for free in Birmingham parks and open spaces
After hearing positive things about Be active, BBC health correspondent Nick Triggle visited Birmingham in April 2012 to see for himself just how popular and effective the scheme is.
Nick spoke to Be active members and Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Steve Bedser to find out why towns and cities across the country are now looking to emulate Birmingham’s success.
Click on the following link for his feature: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-22350807
The team running Birmingham’s hugely successful Be active sports scheme has identified a new secret weapon in the battle of the bulge: the city’s 600 parks and open spaces.
Birmingham City Council, with the support of Birmingham Sport and Physical Activity Partnership, is launching a pilot project looking at the role the city’s open spaces can play in helping lead fitter, healthier lives.
And Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Steve Bedser, believes tapping into the potential of the great outdoors will build on the success of the multi award-winning Be active scheme.
Officials will work with Sport England to assess the success of ‘Active Parks’ at five sites:
Over the next six months, visitors to the five sites will be offered a wide range of free activities, including:
Birmingham City Council assumed public health responsibilities at the start of April 2013 and obesity has been highlighted as one of the city’s major challenges.
Cllr Bedser said: “The obesity problem in Birmingham cannot be underestimated. 26% of our population is obese and that includes nearly one in four of our 10 and 11-year-olds. So we have to use every resource available to us to promote healthier and more active lifestyles throughout the city. That includes our wonderful parks and open spaces.
“We already have the Be Active programme, which has been running very successfully for more than three years helping thousands of people across Birmingham access gyms, classes and swimming for free.
“Now we’re looking at the potential to extend this fantastic programme into our many parks and open spaces. We believe these activities will attract people who may not think that indoor gyms and leisure centres are for them – or who prefer to be outdoors. Parks and open spaces are familiar, unthreatening venues, free and often very local.”