The Keep Moving Suffolk website has been hailed as ‘providing a vital service to the people of Suffolk during the Covid-19 pandemic’.
Developed by the Most Active County Partnership, the website supports and encourages people to get active and stay active, by sharing ideas, tips, useful links and positive stories during these unprecedented times.
In a survey of website users, 87% of respondents found the website either very helpful or helpful with 97.8% finding it easy to navigate and 97.9% indicating that they are either very likely or likely to return to the website again.
One user described it as a “great website…easy to use and full of lots of helpful information” whilst another said they were “very happy to find some exercise solutions with a young family who I can’t take out to exercise with me. Really very helpful.”
Cllr James Reeder, cabinet member for public health and prevention at Suffolk County Council said “Once lockdown was in place we moved very quickly to launch the Keep Moving Suffolk campaign knowing how important exercise would be in the circumstances we found ourselves in. As this remains the case, for anybody looking for ideas to become or remain active, the Keep Moving Suffolk website is an invaluable source of information and inspiration.”
The importance of the website was brought sharply into focus this week when latest Sport England research showed that the top 5 sources of trusted information around returning to physical activity were the NHS, Central Government, The BBC, friends and family and local councils.
Dr Craig Sheridan, a frontline doctor at Ipswich Hospital and campaign supporter said “During this difficult time, it is important to find ways to stay mentally and physically healthy. Exercise is an important way to improve mental wellbeing and is recognised to be helpful for managing depression as well as improving sleep, feelings of fatigue and quality of life. Improvements in our cardiorespiratory health can also occur within a few weeks of commencing regular moderate-intensity exercise and regular physical activity reduces the risks and complications of many diseases, which may complicate COVID-19 infection.”
The website address is www.keepmovingsuffolk.com.