BROMSGROVE residents who do not get enough exercise cost the state more than £900,000 every year.
The latest figures released by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) have revealed the amount of money spent by the NHS on caring for people with long-term conditions which are caused by a lack of physical activity, including coronary heart disease (CHD).
The charity is urging more people to start exercising regularly because it can help to reduce their risk of developing CHD and can put years on their life.
The statistics revealed there were around 3,300 people in Bromsgrove living with CHD and 2.3million across the UK.
National guidelines recommend adults should get at least two and a half hours of moderate intensity exercise a week, anything which raises your heart rate and makes you breath faster and feel warmer.
Catherine Kelly, BHF’s director of prevention, survival and support, said it was staggering the amount of money inactivity was costing health services in Bromsgrove every year.
She added: “Encouraging people to be more active and less sedentary will help reduce their risk of heart disease and will save millions of pounds for health services.
“BHF research has shown that even making small, more active changes to your daily routine can improve your heart health.
“If we are to ease the burden of this country’s eye-watering physical inactivity costs then people need to take action to improve their health.”
Visit bhf.org.uk/active for more.