Public Health England -Around 7 in 10 Black adults are motivated to get healthier in 2021 due to COVID-19

A recent England-wide survey revealed over 90% of Black adults have made the decision to make healthy changes in 2021, with 7 in 10 saying that they are motivated to make these changes due to coronavirus.1

In addition, the survey found that 36% of those surveyed said they wanted to adopt a healthier lifestyle for their children/grandchildren, whilst 29% wanted to improve their health for their partner. The data also revealed the most common things people want to do differently in the new year are exercising more (60%) and eating more healthily (58%).

Currently, over 73% of Black adults are overweight or obese, putting them at greater risk of becoming seriously ill from diseases including cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Despite the latest coronavirus restrictions, there are still lots of ways for people to make these healthier choices and Public Health England’s Better Health campaign encourages and supports adults in taking small steps towards a healthier lifestyle – whether it’s losing weight or getting more active.

The Better Health website offers a wide range of free NHS approved tools and tips to manage weight loss such as the NHS Weight Loss Plan, BMI Calculator, Easy Meals App, or to get more active such as Active 10 and the Couch to 5k programme.

The Better Health campaign also works in partnership with a number of weight management and physical activity partners who are providing both free and exclusive discounted offers.

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