SUNDERLAND has been ranked as the 13th worst place in the country for adults who don’t exercise each week.
According to a new report from UK Active, 30 per cent of people in England are classed as physically inactive, in that they do less than 30 minutes of moderate exercise, such as cycling or fast walking, a week.
Health experts recommend adults do 150 minutes of moderate activity over the course of a week in order to live a health life.
The report found that 36.4 per cent of adults in the city are classed as inactive.
Portfolio holder for public health at Sunderland City Council, Coun John Kelly, said: “Despite facing the economic challenges not shared by the more affluent areas highlighted by the UK Active report, we have invested more than £60million in new sport and leisure facilities over the last 10 years.
“This level of investment is unprecedented outside of London and includes £11.3million to build a replacement Washington Leisure Centre, which will open early next year.
“While we know more still needs to be done, working with our partners we have identified obstacles which need to be overcome to increase participation still further.”