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Seven in 10 adults are motivated to get healthier in 2021 due to COVID-19

Better Health campaign

This January, lots of us are thinking about what we can do for a boost.

So, if there’s something you’d like to change in your life right now, like losing a bit of weight, getting active, sleeping better/improving your mood or quitting smoking, Better Health has lots of free easy ideas and support to help.

Whether it’s your first time making changes, or you are going again, getting started feels good, and these steps can make us healthier, and more able to fight diseases in 2021. Better Health. Let’s Do This.

Facts and stats

  • Since the pandemic began, a third of people reported snacking on unhealthy food and drinks at least once a day (35%)
  • Almost a third (29%) of smokers agreed they smoked more since the second national lockdown
  • 23% of drinkers claimed that their alcohol intake has increased
  • However, almost half of the population (43%) feel more motivated to make changes to their life than they did in January 2020
  • For those aged 40-60, eating more healthily (40%), losing weight (39%) and exercising more (41%) were at the top of the list of changes
  • An England-wide survey of over 5,000 adults has found that eight in ten (80%) of adults have made the active decision to make changes to their lifestyle in 2021
  • Seven in 10 (68%) saying that they are motivated to make healthier lifestyle changes due to coronavirus
  • Evidence shows that being obese significantly increases your chance of being admitted to intensive care with COVID-19 compared to those with a healthy BMI.

You can find out more by visiting the Better Health website: https://www.nhs.uk/better-health/

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