The inactive population is one of our four priority areas. Here you can find research and insight based upon the impacts that healthy lifestyles can have upon individuals and the wider population.

Get Set to Go Results

With support from Sport England and the National Lottery, Get Set to Go has been helping people with mental health problems get active.

Child Health Profiles

Public Health, assisted by Business Intelligence, within Lancashire County Council have created MSOA-cluster* child health profiles (CHPs).

Bodyfit Review 2017

The report provides an evaluative review of ‘Bodyfit,’ a female focused physical activity programme collaboratively developed by Active Lancashire and Lancashire Women’s Centres.

Fitbit Research Reports - Blackpool Sixth Form

Amongst the population of the UK (aged 6 and above), approximately 28% use fitness level trackers, which asks the question of whether they actually work. The study investigates the use of fitbits on 10 random participants in Blackpool Sixth Form college. Before the study was carried out, the participants must sign a consent form meaning they give consent to take part, and will let them drop out at…

Everybody Active, Every Day: Two years on

Around one in two women and a third of men in England are damaging their health through a lack of physical activity.

Lancashire Active Lives Data

Active Lives is much broader than the Active People survey, for example it includes walking, cycling for travel and dance in addition to the sporting and fitness activities previously reported on, and looks at patterns of behaviour over a twelve-month period rather than just four weeks.

Blackpool Council MyZone and Workplace Challenge Integration Pilot Project

National and international evidence continues to support the positive benefits of a physically active lifestyle, and the underutilised opportunities that workplaces and technology provide to help individuals achieve that lifestyle.


In January 2016 Pride Sports was commissioned by Sport England to undertake a 10-week study examining the participation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in sport.

Behavioural insights and healthier lives

In 2014 VicHealth developed the Leading Thinkers initiative to make international thought leadership in behavioural insights practical and accessible for Victoria.

Health matters: getting every adult active every day

Increasing physical activity has the potential to improve the physical and mental health and wellbeing of individuals, families, communities and the nation as a whole. Public Health England (PHE) wants to see more people being physically active. This professional resource sets out how to achieve this.

BMA Health Survey

Key Findings State of the profession Just over half of non-trainee respondents reported having considered leaving public health in the last three years, and just under half of trainees reported having considered leaving training. The five main reasons for this are not feeling professionally fulfilled, a poor work-life balance, the work environment not being sufficiently supportive, a fear of f…

Rethinking the Public Health Workforce

Millions of people, of all ages, come into contact on a daily basis with the public health workforce. Numbering some 40,000 people, this workforce is creaking under the strain of a rapidly expanding population and rising levels of chronic disease. Now in order to support the radical upgrade in public health, it is the time for us to look for others beyond this core workforce who are able to encour…

Physical Activity Data Slide Sets

PHE has developed physical activity data slide sets (adult and child). These PowerPoint slides present key data and information on adult and child physical activity in clear, easy to understand charts and graphics.

Everybody Active, Every Day Public Health England (2012)

An evidence-based approach for national and local action to address the physical inactivity epidemic. Public Health England October 2014

UK physical activity guidelines

Guidance from the Chief Medical Office (CMO) on how much physical activity people should be doing. Department of Health, June 2011.

Change4Life: evidence review on physical activity in children

Rapid evidence review on the effect of physical activity participation among children aged 5 to 11 years. Public Health England July 2015

Getting Active Outdoors

Getting Active Outdoors: A Study of Demography, Motivation, Participation and Provision in Outdoor Sport and Recreation in England.

Hidden Diamonds: Uncovering the true value of sports volunteers

Join In’s mission is to put more volunteers in community sport and work with public and private sector partners to recruit and retain 100,000 volunteers each year. But what value does this generate? We had some idea about their cost. In 2013 we calculated that our Cost Per Acquisition (CPA) was £36/volunteer.

Changing the game for girls

This research report from the Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation looks into girls attitudes to fitness and sports.

The State of Play

This report has been compiled by the Sport Industry Research Centre (SIRC) at Sheffield Hallam University on behalf of the Chief Executive Officers’ Forum (CEO Forum) which represents 39 of the leading national governing bodies (NGBs) of sport in England.

Game of Life

The message is simple: we need to encourage people to be more active and to be more active from an earlier age. The Government’s current emphasis on youth sport and school club links moves us in the right direction, but too slowly.

Five Year Forward View

This Forward View sets out how the health service needs to change, arguing for a more engaged relationship with patients, carers and citizens so that we can promote wellbeing and prevent ill-health.

Changing behaviours in public health - to nudge or to shove

This briefing for councillors and officers explains how behavioural change interventions – or nudge theory as it is dubbed – can help local authorities fulfil their public health responsibilities.

Exercise treatment for drug abuse - A Danish pilot study

The paper presents a Danish programme using exercise to alter the behaviour and body image of drug addicts. 

Start Active, Stay Active

This report emphasises the importance of physical activity for individuals of all ages and, for the first time, provides specific guidelines for those aged under 5 and older adults.

Tackling physical inactivity: A coordinated approach

Physical inactivity poses a serious and growing danger to our society – it damages our health, economy and environment, and limits the educational attainment and futures of our children. Declining levels of physical activity have been highlighted by numerous recent reports such as Moving More, Living More and Turning the Tide of Inactivity. In England only 61% of adults meet the CMO guidelines o…

Making the case for physical activity

This document provides an overview of the best available evidence on health and wellbeing outcomes that are directly affected by physical activity.

My Best Move

A presentation by Dr William Bird MRCGP MBE on physical activity is an important component in the treatment of Long Term Conditions

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