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Health Impact of Physical Inactivity (HIPI) Tool


Knowledge and Intelligence Team (South West), Public Health England (PHE)

Subject Keywords: Physical activity tool
Topic: Obesity
Catalogue: Research and Evaluation
Type: Tool
Region: United Kingdom

Regular physical activity has substantial health benefits, yet only a minority (approximately 21%) of the population in England achieve the minimum levels as recommended by the four home countries’ Chief Medical Officers, in their Start Active, Stay Active report

HIPI has been developed to estimate how many cases of certain diseases could be prevented in each local authority in England, if the population aged 40-79 were to engage in recommended amounts of physical activity.

This first release (March 2013) includes the following health impacts:

  • preventable cases of diabetes (only shown for Counties and Unitary Authorities)
  • preventable emergency admissions to hospital with a coronary heart disease
  • preventable new cases of breast and colon cancer
  • total number of preventable deaths (all causes).

Users can select geographical areas from a map or list. The data is also provided in a downloadable excel spreadsheet.

HIPI uses estimates of local levels of physical activity from the Sport England Active People survey. It models the potential benefit from increased levels of physical activity for each local authority. This is pre-calculated to show the health impacts if 100%, 75%, 50% or 25% of the local population undertake the UK Chief Medical Officers’ recommended levels of physical activity. Other assumptions and sources of data are described in the technical document.





Rights: © PHE
Suggested citation:

Knowledge and Intelligence Team (South West), Public Health England (PHE). (2013) Health Impact of Physical Inactivity (HIPI) Tool [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 19th November 2019].


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