Sustainable Development Policy
FIT ONE GYM SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT POLICY
Sustainability is defined as ‘Meeting the needs of current generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.’ Achievement of a sustainable economy is likely to deliver substantial long-term benefits by protecting and maintaining stable environments in which health and well-being can be improved.
Fit One Gym’s role in sustainability, climate change and the reduction in CO2 emissions falls into three actions:
- as an employer and occupier of premises
- reducing health inequality in a deprived area
- making exercise accessible to all
Sustainable development is about energy efficiency, carbon reduction and recycling and also ensuring social justice and equity, and integrating environmental, health, social, political and economic issues into decision making. Fit One Gym has a role in the community by providing accessible means to improve the health of the local population.
Working towards sustainable development will also improve health outcomes. Public health, reducing health inequalities and sustainable development are inter-linked. Increases in chronic conditions such as obesity are in part caused by limited opportunities for physical activity and poor diet. Poorer mental health and greater health inequalities are also linked to such factors.
The link with sustainable development and health can be described on three levels:
- the impact of the built environment on health – ensuring the focus of planning and designing decisions is to help us lead physically active lives, reduce reliance on cars to access health care services, food shops and schools, reduce food miles, reduce social isolation and fear of crime, improve housing quality, increase energy efficient housing and reduce fuel poverty, reduce other health risks from cold/damp.
- environmental and health inequalities – everyone has a right to live and work in a health promoting environment. Disadvantaged communities are more likely to experience poor quality environments (e.g. through air pollution, lack of access to green space).
- the positive effects of nature on health – mental health, mood and wellbeing (access to green spaces, gardening); physical activity (green exercise programmes); increasing social contact/social capital by using green space; contributing to children’s development (outdoor activities can improve symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity disorder), assisting recovery from surgery (views of gardens or trees); reducing agitation in people with dementia.
This policy is still in development, October 2018