Covid-19 insight pack.pdf
Welcome to our latest insight pack focused on people with longterm health conditions in which we share our most up to date insights on the impact of COVID-19 on their behaviours and attitudes towards physical activity.
Over 19 million adults in England (the equivalent of more than 4 in 10) live with one of more longstanding health condition, and, prior to the pandemic, this group were almost twice as likely to be inactive compared to people without a health condition.
Despite this stubborn inequality, significant progress was being made. Figures published every 6 months via our Active Lives Survey reveal a steady and significant increase in the proportion of adults with a disability or long term health condition who are regularly active, and a steadily decreasing proportion who are inactive. However, there are signs that this progress is being disrupted (for some) as a result of COVID-19.
This report, developed in collaboration with our We Are Undefeatable partners, therefore draws upon a range of sources to provide the most up to date picture of activity amongst adults with long term health conditions, and importantly, what they are thinking and feeling in light of COVID-19.
We Are Undefeatable was created in response to a deep exploration of the barriers faced by people living with long-term health conditions, responding to their feelings and needs by supporting them to build physical activity into their lives in a way that their condition allows. Our research shows how important
this continues to be.
We are all in unfamiliar territory, so we feel this insight can be a valuable guide when you are developing plans and supporting people with health conditions, as well as for activating the WAU campaign.
I hope you find it a useful document in helping you build a picture of how COVID-19 is impacting people with health conditions and in developing solutions to help many more become or remain active in a way that’s right for them.
Insight Director, Sport England