Working with Public Health to increase active travel

In the North East we work with whole families and the wider community to establish new healthy lifestyle patterns. Our projects are a result of partnerships we have developed between transport, planning and Public Health leads.
The challenge

This is a great example of health and transport collaboration.

- Nicholas Clennett,
Chairman of Tyne and Wear LSTF Programme Board

Levels of obesity in Tyne and Wear and County Durham are high, while physical activity levels are low:

  • Only 21% of adults in Tyne and Wear take 30 minutes of physical activity three times per week[1]
  • In County Durham 21.6% of youngsters are obese[2]
  • Gateshead is one of only four places in England where more than 30% of adults are obese[3]

Tackling these levels is dependent on establishing healthy lifestyles among children and young people.

The Solution

We enable parents and carers to help their children become more active through fun and empowering activities, training and volunteering.

Activities use the school as a focal point, but take place when the whole family can attend and at venues that allow for exciting new experiences and family bonding.

Diaries are used to enable families to set goals and measure changes in overall physical activity levels and health.

Funded by the Local Sustainable Transport Fund

The difference

Eleven officers work across Tyne and Wear and County Durham.

Sustrans has delivered 2,297 activities to 124,425 children and 10,069 parents.

Activities have included 64 family bike rides and 63 family walks.

A Sustrans conference in 2010 bringing together senior public health and local authority leaders initiated the programme.

1 Active People Survey 2008-2009
2 and 3 Department of Health 2012

Find out more

Find out more information about our work to get young people active.