New tool estimates death and illness caused by inactivity

Physical inactivity is one of the leading risk factors for death and disability in the UK. New statistics released by the South West Public Health Observatory and charity Sustrans show that lack of physical activity could cause as many as 36,815 premature deaths in England each year.

The statistics have been produced to help local authorities in England estimate how much they could reduce death by through promoting physical activity.

This data is part of the new Health Impact of Physical Inactivity (HIPI) tool. This web-based tool estimates how many excess deaths and cases of certain diseases could be prevented in each local authority in England, if the population (aged 40-79) were to engage in recommended amounts of physical activity.

Current Government guidelines recommend that adults do at least 150 minutes (2½ hours) of moderate intensity physical activity a week.

The tool enables users to see current levels of physical activity in their local populations and estimates the impact of increased physical activity on four disease areas. These include breast cancer, colorectal cancer, diabetes and coronary heart disease.

For further information and to access the HIPI tool visit www.apho.org.uk/resource/view.aspx?RID=123459

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