New tool to assess the Health Impacts of Physical Inactivity

The Southwest Public Health Observatory (SWPHO) have released a new tool this month to aid Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNA). The tool, known as HIPI (Health Impacts of Physical Inactivity), has been developed to estimate how many cases of certain diseases could be prevented in each local authority in England, if the population aged 40-79 were to engage in the recommended amounts of physical activity.

Similar to other tools produced by the SWPHO, the data is presented through interactive maps which allow for a cross comparison of local authority areas. This first release of the tool takes a look at the following health impacts:

  • preventable cases of diabetes (only shown for Counties and Unitary Authorities)
  • preventable emergency admissions to hospital with a coronary heart disease
  • preventable new cases of breast and colon cancer
  • total number of preventable deaths (all causes)

The tool uses estimates of local levels of physical activity from the Sport England Active People survey to model the potential benefit from increased levels of physical activity for each local authority.

Main findings within Warwickshire

  • It is estimated that only 20% of the Warwickshire population are currently physically active.
  • 18% of total deaths could be prevented if 100% of the population were physically active. This is equivalent to 388 avoidable deaths in Warwickshire each year.
  • Approximately 3,144 cases of diabetes could also be prevented in the County if 100% of the population were active.

The tool can be accessed on the Association of Public Health Observatory website, where more information on the data behind the tool is also available, via the following link: Health Impacts of Physical Inactivity (HIPI) tool

Be Physically Active

 

‘Be physically active’ is one of  Public Health Warwickshire’s top 12 health tips.  For more information on health improvement see their Getting Active page.

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