COUNCILS have set out to help people it fears have grown less healthy because of the lockdown.

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils want to hear from residents about how lockdown has affected their ability to keep fit.

Before Covid-19, people living in the south of the county were above the national average when it came to being physically active.

However, it is known lockdown has affected fitness. According to a national report by Sport England in April, 33 per cent of adults were doing less exercise than before the outbreak, with 40 per cent of children were doing less than 30 minutes a day or nothing at all.

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The councils are running surveys to help them focus on activities that residents want to see in the districts and to help keep the community healthy.

The feedback will also contribute to the future plans for leisure activities in the districts as part of the councils' Active Communities Strategy.