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Healthy Dudley

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A misleading report which claimed that Dudley is the unhealthiest ‘city’ in the country has been rejected by council bosses.

Councillor Rachel Harris, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “National surveys such as this are unhelpful and confusing for people as they are often based on little knowledge of an area or the hard work that goes on. In Dudley we have a very active programme of work to promote healthy lifestyles and tackle obesity.

"In fact, Dudley has an estimated 81 fast food outlets per 100,000 people, which is fewer than the national average. There are eight free outdoor gyms to use in our parks which accompany a packed programme of physical activity and healthy cooking sessions run by our dedicated staff. Add to that our successful walking for health, the daily mile in schools, disability sports provision, exercise referral,  Dudley food for health and the Dudley rowing programmes, it is clear to see we are working very hard to encourage people of all ages to lead fit and healthy lifestyles.”


Healthy Dudley – the facts

  • Dudley has an estimated 81 fast food outlets per 100,000 people, which is fewer than the national average
  • Our physical activity service delivers over 30,000 hours of physical activity to people of all ages every year
  • There are eight free outdoor gyms for people to use, which are based mainly in parks but also includes the first one in the country to be based at a hospital site at Russells Hall.
  • The LEAP over 50 programme that we commission Age UK to deliver is one of the largest older people’s exercise programmes in the borough
  • Through the Healthy Towns programme and the Active Travel group we have created 30km of improved walking and cycling routes across the borough
  • Tandrusti is an award winning programme that targets our local BME communities with community based exercise sessions, led by trained staff.
  • There are 100 food businesses registered on the Dudley Food For Health programme which ensures people have healthy options when ordering food.
  • The successful Get Cooking sessions running in the healthy hubs in parks and other community based centres are free and for anyone age 16+ who live, work or volunteer in the borough.


In the borough we also have 

  • 17 public parks
  • 7 Nature reserves and country parks
  • 45 sports clubs with Clubmark accreditation (there are many more that don’t have club mark)
  • There are also miles of canal networks to discover on foot or by bike including: Dudley No.1 canal, Dudley No.2 canal, Pensnett Canal Route, Bumblehope Branch and Grazebrook Arm.


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