Over half of adults aged 16 and over across Bedfordshire were ‘active’ according to latest Active Lives Data

Over half of adults aged 16 and over across Bedfordshire were ‘active’ according to latest Active Lives Data

Posted: Thu, 20 May 2021 16:21

Over half of adults aged 16 and over across Bedfordshire were ‘active’ according to latest Active Lives Data

Recent Active Lives data suggests that activity levels across Bedfordshire have experienced no significant change between November 2019-2020, although true effects of the COVID-19 pandemic may not be apparent.

The results suggest that over half of adults aged 16 and over across Bedfordshire were 'active', meaning they took part in 150 minutes or more of moderate intensity physical activity, per week. Although over half of Bedfordshire adults took part in enough physical activity to directly benefit their health, over a quarter of adults were 'inactive', meaning they took part in 30 minutes or less, per week.

Bedford

Compared to the previous year, the percentage of active adults in Bedford remained the same, while the percentage of fairly active adults increased a minimal amount. The percentage of inactive adults decreased minimally, although it is still unclear what scale of impact the pandemic has had on these groups.

Central Bedfordshire

Central Bedfordshire saw small decreases in active and fairly active adults and a small rise in inactive adults, although none of these changes are dramatic and can be considered relatively stable.

Luton

Similarly to Bedford and Central Bedfordshire, Luton also experienced minor changes from the past year. There was a slight reduction in active and inactive adults, though a small increase in fairly active adults.

National Results

National results indicated that groups such as over 75s, people with disabilities and long-term health conditions and those from ethnically diverse communities were affected disproportionately to others groups. team BEDS&LUTON are working with partners across the county to aid them in adapting their programmes under COVID restrictions with the aim of supporting people to remain physically active and to also encourage less active people to move more.

Active Lives Survey

The Active Lives Survey was established in 2015 to gather data surrounding how adults aged 16 and over engage with sport and physical activity.

The insight collated by Active Lives Survey is used to provide policy-makers, local authorities, government departments and the entire sport and physical activity sector as a whole with the insight and knowledge into adult physical activity habits.

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