We want to improve support for people to become and to stay physically active in later life.
We are building the evidence base around the most effective ways to get people more active and working with partners across the public and private sectors to improve opportunities for people in and approaching later life to keep fit, active and well.
While people are, on average, living longer, the proportion of years we spend in good health and free from disability has failed to keep pace with our longer life expectancy.
Being physically inactive is one of the top risk factors for developing conditions that lead to preventable disability in later life. And improving levels of physical activity in those aged 50-70 can have a significant impact on quality of later life.
However, those most likely to be inactive in this age group are those who are unemployed, have a long-term condition or disability, are from Black and minority ethnic groups or are from lower socioeconomic backgrounds.
We’re working to better understand those who are physically inactive and what will enable them to be more active as well as working with partners to improve support and opportunities for physical activity at a local and national level.