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28 March 2013

Thousands will benefit from four new active projects, funded by Sport England.

Backed by £423,000, the public health team in Bedfordshire will use motivational interviewing sessions combined with a new lifestyle referral hub, to encourage people to get up and get moving through local sports opportunities.

Craig Lister from Public Health in Bedfordshire said: “This is a fantastic example of partnership working across health, the County Sports Partnership, UKactive and Local Authorities.

“This programme will use sport in an innovative manner, supporting people to move away from unhealthy lifestyles in a sustainable and enjoyable way.  Using local sports coaches and a rapid referral system, while people are still in a position of wanting to change, should lead to improved outcomes and better health.”

Physical Inactivity is the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality after high blood pressure, tobacco use and high blood glucose.

From the start of April, local authorities take on responsibility for public health, with sport and physical activity among the areas where an annual budget of £4 billion can be invested. New figures show cost of inactivity to NHS in East is more than £100 million.

Notes to editors

Sport England is focused on helping people and communities across the country create a sporting habit for life. For more visit http://www.sportengland.org/ 

 Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) is a new organisation, run and led by GPs and other local clinicians, that has been created to take over responsibility for commissioning healthcare from NHS Bedfordshire primary care trust in 2013.  BCCG, which comprises the 55 GP practices in Bedfordshire, will have a budget of more than £400m to plan and buy healthcare services for the 430,000 people who live in Bedfordshire.

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