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This factsheet compiles up-to-date key information and data about obesity and its determinants in an easily readable format. The data factsheets will be a useful resource for policy makers, practitioners and anyone with an interest in obesity. They will be updated regularly. The latest factsheet can be downloaded by clicking here: Data Factsheet: Adult Physical Activity

The physical activity return on investment tool has been developed to help decision making in physical activity programme planning at local and sub-national levels.

The tool enables the user to evaluate a portfolio of interventions in their geographical area (e.g. region, county or local authority) and models the economic returns that can be expected in different payback timescales. The different interventions included in the tool can be mixed and matched to see which intervention portfolio or package provides the best 'value for money', compared with 'no package of interventions' or any other specified package.

This resource can be accessed by clicking here:

The Sport England Local Sport Profile Tool is designed to help you make the best use of a wide variety of data in thinking about how you invest in sport locally. This simple tool contains locally available data on a range of topics including:

  • Demographics
  • Health
  • Participation
  • Facilities
  • Economy
  • Comparators

This is a comprehensive resource, that should be considered when any decisions around sports participation (and commissioning of associated services) are undertaken.

This evidence briefing examines the economic costs of physical inactivity (sedentary behaviour) in relation to:

  • Cardiovascular Disease - CHD & Stroke
  • Cancer - Bowel & Breast Cancer
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Falls

Whilst this report is brief, it provides a snapshot of costs and is a good starting point for any commissioning activity related to above topics

Public Health England presents a collection of Physical Acitivity related data from a variety of resources covering a variety of population levels. To view this resource please click here:

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Public Health England presents a collection of obeisty related data from a variety of resources covering a variety of population levels. The data is broken into four main sections: Adults; Children; Physical Activity and Dietary  To access this page please click here:

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A survey of 6800 gay and bi-sexual men covering their approach and thoughts health lifestyle, common health needs and health sector experiences. A useful collection for commissioners and providers of services to the gay and bi-sexual communities. Attached is the complete survey findings and the North West dataset.

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A survey of over 6000 individuals that examines the health needs and experiences of care of lesbians. Although produced in 2008 it is still the most comprehensive, substantial and relevant piece of work surrounding lesbian health needs. Anyone involved in the commissioning or delivery of health and wellbeing services to the lesbian and bi-sexual communities. Attached is the original report and the north west dataset.

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The purpose of this systematic review is to summarize the evidence of the effectiveness of school-based interventions in promoting physical activity and fitness in children and adolescents. The recommendations from this review is that ongoing physical activity promotion in schools should continue. To view click here:


A systematic review and meta-analysis that assesses the effect of exercise referral schemes in the primary care setting on physical activity and health outcomes. The authors concluded that considerable uncertainty remained about the effectiveness of exercise referral schemes for increasing physical activity and health outcomes, though more research is required. To view please click here:

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