Supporting people with health conditions to be active
Posted: Tue, 19 Apr 2022 11:00
On World Health Day (7th April), Sport England with the Richmond Group of Charities, called on the sport and physical activity sector to help more people with long term health conditions to be active, knowing the benefits it can have on their health.
To support sport and physical activity professionals to do this, Sport England with the Richmond Group of Charities launched a new resource pack that collates the latest research on the barriers to activity for people with long-term health conditions, highlights key benefits of promoting physical activity to this group and provides examples of practical changes to support improved accessibility and inclusion.
Physical inactivity is an issue affecting a huge proportion of the population and it is the sixth leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the UK. NHS data indicates that 43% of the adult population has at least one long term health condition and we know from annual surveys run by Sport England that people with long term conditions are twice as likely to do less than thirty minutes a week of physical activity compared to people without conditions. That's a lot of people missing out on the physical and mental health benefits of physical activity, not to mention the wider benefits to society and communities.
As an organisation working to support people to be active we're prioritising addressing this issue, which is why we're pleased to see the new Physical Activity and Long Term Health Conditions Resource Pack from The Richmond Group of Charities, Mind, Parkinson's UK, MS Society and Sport England (funded by the National Lottery).
The aim of the pack is to help us and the wider the sport, leisure and physical activity sector continue to ensure that supportive, inclusive and accessible physical activity opportunities and facilities are a priority.
The packs highlight four things we can do to make a difference to enabling physical activity along with useful information about physical inactivity and long term health conditions and some tools and ideas for how to make changes in practice. The pack is available on the Richmond Group of Charities website here.