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Easier To Be Active

Easier To Be Active

One in three of us in England live with a health condition and we are twice as likely to be amongst the least physically active, yet we know that being active can help to manage our conditions and increase our quality and length of life.

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The #EasierToBeActive project explored the ways in which we help people with long-term health conditions lead a more active lifestyle. The project consisted of three phases:

  • Phase 1 – an online conversation (March-May 2020)
  • Phase 2 – interviews with leaders in the physical activity system (September 2020 – February 2021)
  • Phase 3 – a second online conversation to test and refine the findings (April – June 2021)

The collective insight from the conversations has been used to co-create new insight and recommendations for those who provide, design, commission and deliver sport, physical activity and health and care services so that we can improve the experience of being active for people with health conditions.

The documents below present the findings from the research to help inform how we can make it #EasierToBeActive for people with long-term health conditions.

Please feel free to use these documents and share them with those who would benefit from seeing them – we do ask that if they are shared, that the authors and funders are acknowledged.

The project was delivered through a partnership between Sheffield Hallam University’s Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC), National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine (NCSEM) and Centre for Behavioural Science and Applied Psychology (CeBSAP), Sport England, Clever Together, and the Richmond Group of Charities.

The reports and video for this project were designed and created by Nifty Fox Creative

Publications


Supporting Documentation

Phase 1 report (PDF, 889.5KB) This is the full academic report of the first online conversation (Phase 1)

Phase 1 Executive Summary (PDF, 166.9KB) This 4-page document provides a brief overview of Phase 1

Phase 2 report (PDF, 552KB) This is the full academic report of the interviews conducted with key stakeholders responsible for promoting physical activity (Phase 2)

Phase 3 report (PDF, 1.1MB) This is the full academic report of the second online conversation (Phase 3)

Watch the recording of the #EasierToBeActive launch event, held on 22nd March 2022

Research team

Dr Catherine Homer

Dr Catherine Homer

Senior Research Fellow

Anna Lowe, Programme Manager, National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine

Dr Anna Lowe

Programme Manager, National Centre for Sport & Exercise Medicine

Profile photo of Martin Lamb

Dr Martin Lamb

Research Fellow


Partners

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Sport England

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Clever Together

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The Richmond Group of Charities

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The Centre for Behavioural Science and Applied Psychology (CeBSAP)

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National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine (NCSEM)


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