Sport England in collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University and the National Centre for Sport & Exercise Medicine (NCSEM) have produced the 'Easier to be Active' project which is aimed at those working in sectors promoting, providing, delivering or connecting physical activity to people with long-term health conditions.
The 'Easier to be Active' resource is centred around a ‘5Is’ framework and highlights the 4 key ways the sport and physical activity sector can change to better support people with health conditions.
Research from NCSEM shows supporting people with long-term health conditions into activity is critical in improving overall wellbeing and management of their condition.
This has resulted in the 5Is being designed to identify what makes a positive physical activity experience for those with long-term health conditions.
- Individualised: putting the individual at the heart of everything.
- Integrated: strive to have a seamless, integrated offer between health, sport and physical activity for people with long-term conditions to be more active.
- Influencers: recognise there are a range of people influencing how active a person with a long-term condition may be.
- Inclusive: ensuring opportunities for physical activity are inclusive for people with long-term conditions.
- Informed: everyone is informed of the benefits and opportunities of being more active with a long-term condition.
The 4 key sector changes
- Support: co-creating the journey, recognise the importance of peer-to-peer support and make every appointment count.
- Access to activities: evidence-based, individualised, inclusive activities that are appropriate for people of different ability and skill levels and remove bureaucratic barriers.
- Strengthening the system: train and educate professionals, develop an inclusive workforce that is representative of the communities they serve.
- Communication: inclusive, smart and fun communication that highlights the benefits of activity and moving more.
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