Increase access to opportunities for physical activity in deprived communities

Current efforts to increase access to opportunities for physical activity in deprived communities with high levels of obesity and chronic disease need ways to attract more participants whilst preserving the perceived benefits of smaller events that may promote community ownership and engagement. 

In Sheffield, over 1200 people currently participate every week in “Parkruns”. These are weekly community based 5k running/walking events run by volunteers. 

We explored factors that affect participation across the five Sheffield parkrun events.

 Main completed project was presented at regional Y&H conference  (Y&H Association of Directors of Public Health Sector Led Improvement Annual Conference - Friday 9th February 2018, Leeds)

http://www.yhphnetwork.co.uk/media/1643/factors-predicting-participation-in-a-mass-community-pa-programme.pdf