Active Communities is a health initiative run by Buckinghamshire Council for wards in Aylesbury (Aylesbury north west) and Wycombe (Abbey; Booker; Cressex & Castlefield; West Wycombe) to encourage residents to sit less and move more, focusing on different elements of introducing movemen

Research has shown that sitting for prolonged periods of time has detrimental effects on our long-term health and this is something we are keen to tackle. After just 20 minutes sitting our bodies start to slow which affects our muscles, blood flow and heart rate.

Dr. Jane O’Grady, Buckinghamshire Council’s Director of Public Health said: “This initiative is not about getting people to take up sport, go to the gym or to start running marathons. We are simply asking people not to sit for too long. Just this one, small change can have a really positive impact on health and wellbeing. Of course we still want to encourage people to be as active as possible and to eat healthily but for those who really struggle to get out for a walk or any other gentle form of exercise, this initiative encourages them with the knowledge that just by standing up more and sitting down less they are having a positive impact on their health and even the smallest amount of movement can help

Active Communities aims to help every member of the community to be a little more active particularly those who:

  • do not like or play sport
  • are not interested in physical activity
  • sit down for long periods
  • spend lengthy periods indoors
  • are unable to stand

Active Communities is about working together to improve the wellbeing of all.

Try one of our Active Park Walks

The Active Park Walks are community walks in parklands and residential areas across Wycombe and Aylesbury. To see how a short walk for health can go a long way and to get involved, visit

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Active Communities – Active Summertime

The arrival of Summer with longer days and sunny weather means we can all be a bit more active. Why not stand up outside for a chat? Or share a gentle walk with a friend? Or go on one of the local Active Park Walks to celebrate National Walk Month!

Remember sunshine gives us Vitamin D to protect bones, muscles and our immune system. But don’t forget to have proper sun protection and keep hydrated.

Look out for our next special walk event to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee!