The Nuffield Health Healthier Nation Index

The annual survey which reveals why everyone should see 2021 as a critical opportunity to prioritise their health and wellbeing.

What is the Healthier Nation Index?

We understand that the last year has taken its toll on everyone’s physical and mental health. As the UK’s largest healthcare charity, we’re committed to building a healthier nation and supporting the recovery from the pandemic.

That’s why we’ve launched the Healthier Nation Index, our annual survey and one of the most detailed reviews of all aspects of the nation’s physical and mental health. Our aim is to understand how people are feeling, what their challenges are and how we can help them.

We’ll use this data to provide critical insight to the public, the NHS and policymakers - urging everyone to prioritise their health and wellbeing to prevent long-term health conditions and aid the nation’s recovery from the pandemic.

The Key Findings

Read more about the findings of the first Healthier Nation Index here, in our press release or below.

37% of UK adults are now more concerned about their mental health because of COVID-19 and 40% about their physical health
Over a quarter (27%) of UK adults are motivated to exercise as it helps their mental health
40% of women also cited embarrassment as a barrier to exercise, compared with 29% of men.
1 in 3 adults saying their mental health has got worse in the last year
admit to having done no exercise at all in the last year
of adults saying their mental health has got significantly worse in the last year
42% have spent no time looking after their mental health
60% say a lack of motivation is a barrier to exercising and a third (32%) don’t know how to get started.

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We hope you enjoyed reading about the Healthier Nation Index and seeing how your compare to the nation. We think your mental health is just as important as your physical, and we believe that emotional wellbeing resources should be available to all those who need it. That’s why we’ve created these short 5-10 minute long videos for you to follow. They’re designed for you to tap into any time you have the time. Bookmark them to keep coming back. Be sure to check out our wellbeing articles too below.


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