Active Lives (May 20/21) uncovers the true impact of the pandemic on Herefordshire and Worcestershire activity levels

Active Lives (May 20/21) uncovers the true impact of the pandemic on Herefordshire and Worcestershire activity levels

Posted: Fri, 05 Nov 2021 17:19

Active Lives (May 20/21) uncovers the true impact of the pandemic on Herefordshire and Worcestershire activity levels

The stark impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has been uncovered in the latest Sport England Active Lives Adult Survey, covering the period from mid-May 2020 to mid-May 2021.

Prior to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, activity levels in England were on course to reach record highs, according to the Survey. This trend was mirrored across Herefordshire and Worcestershire, with an overall reduction in inactivity, and increase in activity over the years.

The latest data showed that existing inequalities relating to ethnicity, socio-economic status and disability was significantly exacerbated during the various national lockdowns. Whilst there are signs of recovery for activity levels as restrictions have eased, not all groups or demographics are affected or recovering at the same rate.

According to the Chief Medical Officer, adults aged 19+ should aim to complete at least 150 minutes of moderate activity per week, such as a brisk walk, cycling, or water aerobics. Individuals completing less than 30 minutes of moderate activity per week are considered to be 'inactive'.

In 2020/21, 26.5% of Herefordshire and Worcestershire residents were classed as inactive, an increase of 3.4% on the previous year. This means that over 208,900 people locally did less than an average of 30 minutes activity per week, an increase of some 26,000 on 2019/20.

Chief Executive Officer, Steve Brewster said, "Unfortunately, the results of the Active Lives Adult Survey do not come as a surprise. We know that the various national lockdowns and disruption to the sport and physical activity sector have had a great impact on Herefordshire & Worcestershire's activity levels."

"The past 12 to 18 months have been difficult for us all, but we know that individuals from certain groups have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. As we recover from the pandemic, we are not naïve to the challenge we now face, but we are committed to tackling inequalities across our area, supporting those furthest from physical activity to live an active lifestyle to benefit their physical, mental and social wellbeing. We will work with our partners to ensure resources are directed to those most in need."

If your organisation supports individuals from a lower socio-economic group, with a long-term health condition or disability, or from ethnically diverse communities, you may be eligible for support through the Tackling Inequalities Fund. Find out more at: https://www.activehw.co.uk/tackling-inequalities-fund or contact us.

Tags: Active Lives, Herefordshire, Tackling Inequalities Fund, Worcestershire