Everyday Health Tracker

Simplyhealth/YouGov Everyday Health Tracker January 2016 Results

Launched in July 2015, the Simplyhealth Everyday Health Tracker, created in partnership with YouGov, is a quarterly measurement of the attitudes and behaviours consumers in the UK have towards their everyday health and wellbeing, providing a statistical overview of overall health, diet and exercise, and future health concerns. 
Here, we reveal the highlights and findings from our third quarterly report, unveiled in January 2016.
When respondents were asked to rank who is responsible for their health, 89% of people deemed themselves responsible in both the January and September results. In September 2015, 15% of respondents deemed their employers responsible for their health, whereas the January results saw this drop to 10%.

With regards to consumers ranking their overall health (on a scale of 1-10), there is little change.  In September 2015, 5% of respondents declared themselves to be very healthy, with 4% saying the same in January.   The number of respondents who ranked themselves as unwell or unhealthy (15%) remains unchanged.

When the first report launched in July, the results illustrated a wide knowledge of the `5-a-day' recommendation, however, less than a third of people actually eat their recommended daily allowance. This remains the same in both the September and January results.

The results also revealed consumer awareness of NHS recommendations on aerobic exercise.  31% of respondents advised they are aware of the recommendation in both the July and January results, whilst only 17% of respondents in July and 18% in January actually acted on the recommended advice.
`Future health concerns' is highlighted as one of the areas showing the most change. In January 2016, 56% of respondents said Cancer is a concern, up from 44% in September. We have also seen a rise in concern regarding Stress/Anxiety rising from 44% in September to 55% January.  Concerns around Arthritis and Joint pain has risen from 43% in September to 55% January, and concerns with Back Pain has risen from 40% in September to 48% January.
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