a girl in a wetsuit diving into the sea

Sport, Movement, Ocean

Being physically active can prevent and support the management and reduce the risk  of long term conditions .  Environments  that make movement the easiest option can create health and support communities to thrive . Even small increases in minutes in movement can improve health outcomes , and this improvement is greatest in those managing the least. Our coasts and blue spaces offer key spaces to increase access and opportunities to move, but they are also at the interface of delicate ecosystems and local communities.

Silhouettes of 3 people playing in a wave in the sea
Lady in a red top surfing on a stand up paddle board competition

Watersports and Ocean Health 

Because of their dependance on healthy blue spaces, sport events in blue spaces can advocate for nature recovery, pollution and ocean conservation, as well as in improving access to local communities and populations. Watersports have an impact on climate, nature and local communities and have a responsibility to reduce its footprint, for example by using neoprene free wetsuits and kits, or using the UN nature for sport framework.

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Movement, health and water pollution

Sewage pollution in blue spaces impacts oceans and human health and can reduce the health, social and economic benefits of our coasts and disrupt movement and sport  in blue spaces. More research is needed on how to best advise patients where there has been Combined Sewage Overflow, but checking before using blue spaces using the surfers against sewage Safer Seas App and following Public health advice after spills.