How can we encourage active lifestyles in Britain?


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What are the barriers to people participating in physical activity in open spaces?

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The best ideas can win a slice of £100 000 in funding to develop innovative ventures that make best use of Ordnance Survey data, including OS OpenData and OS OpenSpace, technology and good design to address the problems

The problems are grouped into 6 main themes:

Theme 1: First hurdles
Theme 2: Knowledge and communication
Theme 3: Enabling new behaviours
Theme 4: Planning and measuring
Theme 5: Financial barriers
Theme 6: Infrastructure, Assets and Resources

Please state which theme your ideas addresses.

The challenge runs from 7 November 2013 to the new extended deadline of 15 January 2014 (12noon).

How can we encourage active lifestyles in Britain?

Submitted by (@ian.mccall)

Paths for All health walk finder

An online resource, for desktop, tablet and mobile platforms, that will effectively provide information about health walks in Scotland for both the public and professionals.

 

This will enable more people to adopt active behaviour and support the key role Paths for All has in delivering the Scottish Government’s Physical Activity Strategy and Physical Activity Implementation Plan. http://www.pathsforall.org.uk/

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13 votes

How can we encourage active lifestyles in Britain?

Submitted by (@tonyis)

OWLS - Outdoor Walk Learn Study

It's obvious that Walking is one of the most participatory outdoor activities in the UK. It is also true that children today are immersed in the attractions of Technology. If these could be combined with a potential for a learning experience which was outdoors and additionally link and enrich the communities we all pass through as Walkers. There are 15 major trails across the UK (Cotswold Way, Pennine Way etc) totalling ...more »

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12 votes

How can we encourage active lifestyles in Britain?

Submitted by (@nicholas.michell03)

Green Flag programme for outdoor activity areas.

The Foundation For Environmental Education have successfully implemented the Blue Flag Beach scheme for almost 30 years. In that time the cleanliness, safety and usage of the worlds beaches have improved beyond measure. This type of award could be adapted to outdoor space such as community areas, public parks and incorporated by organisations such as the National Trust. Under the scheme an area must meet a set of standards ...more »

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11 votes

How can we encourage active lifestyles in Britain?

Submitted by (@kimbrown)

Nature Engagement Tool

Getting out and about in the great outdoors is a challenge for some people, especially for those that experience such conditions as depression or physical limitations. At times, barriers to activity can be more psychological than physical - therefore the idea is to create a tool that helps people engage with nature. It will do this through providing them with insight into what barriers they have established and what ...more »

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9 votes

How can we encourage active lifestyles in Britain?

Submitted by (@taylor)

‘Sportable’ – Find local all-ability sports clubs and groups

A searchable online map- and list-based tool that enables disabled people to find local all-ability sports groups in their area. The website will leverage information on the AccessAdvisr Community Pages (www.accessadvisrcommunity.net); which our team has already brokered for Milton Keynes, Nottingham and Lowestoft; and display it on OS Open Layers maps. The site will display nicely on both tablets and PCs, and we may ...more »

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8 votes

How can we encourage active lifestyles in Britain?

Submitted by (@nicholas.michell03)

Create a series of Play Boxes in green public spaces

Play Boxes are small units filled with equipment aimed at encouraging participation in informal, fun physical activity. They would be located in public parks and green spaces and found via GPS mapping. Each Play Box would display an Augmented Reality panel which smart phone users could use to view a demonstration video of physical games and movement ideas that could be played with the equipment available and the natural ...more »

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7 votes

How can we encourage active lifestyles in Britain?

Submitted by (@walks.io)

Go for a nice walk with Walks.IO

Walks.IO is an outdoor activity planning service for discovering the beautiful open spaces and heritage sites which are located within easy reach from the location of user. It uses artificial intelligence (ant colony simulation) and open data for generating circular walks of a given length that attempt to go within the most scenic paths. A web based demo can already be found at http://www.walks.io

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7 votes

How can we encourage active lifestyles in Britain?

Submitted by (@benlowe)

ActiveOS: a map-driven, searchable, activity-events index.

ActiveOS will be a free web resource that will allow anyone to search and find suitable outdoor activity events in their chosen locality. It will provide a national index of all outdoor events from nature walks to triathlons. It will be free to the user and easy to navigate and search. We believe that this resource will help people of all ages and abilities to achieve their physical activity goals (whether this be ...more »

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6 votes

How can we encourage active lifestyles in Britain?

Submitted by (@taylor)

UrbanStroll - get prompted to go walking in your lunch hour

Speaking from personal experience I have my lunch break 'Al-Desko' far too often, and I don't think I am alone based on discussions with my friends and colleagues. I do this despite knowing about the stress, health, productivity and exercise benefits of walking on a regular basis (I am a travel behaviour change specialist!) and that there are high quality urban walking routes on traffic-free canals just minutes from ...more »

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6 votes

How can we encourage active lifestyles in Britain?

Submitted by (@kevincressy)

Random Orienteering Urban Trail Experience

Random Orienteering Urban Trail Experience Finder- “R.O.U.T.E. Finder” To encourage people to get walking to get fit. This application (for both mobile and desktop) would utilise points of interest (POI) data to create a random walking route of a specified distance and terrain. Users would need to find each POI in the correct order to complete the route. A website would be created to create routes. When setting ...more »

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5 votes

How can we encourage active lifestyles in Britain?

Submitted by (@andrew1)

Woof Woof Walkies - dog walkers take the lead

Woof Woof Walkies - dog walkers take the lead in combatting inactivity and loneliness. Many people want to start walking, or get out, to meet others but they need a push or pull - Woof Woof Walkies, we believe provides an answer. Dogs attract people and are an easy passport to talking to strangers / others Recruit volunteer dog owners / walkers to tag their dog lead to map their regular dog walking routes so that others ...more »

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5 votes