8 in 10 Brits (84%) believe individuals have a “responsibility to take better care of their health” to support the NHS in 2021 with half hoping their 2021 health and lifestyle resolutions could have a positive impact on the NHS and public healthcare services.
30 million British people are taking on at least one health-related New Year’s Resolution this January to “do their bit” for their health, their community and the NHS, according to new research from Simplyhealth, a leading UK healthcare plan provider1.
2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on people’s attitudes to their health, with half of those surveyed (50%) hoping their 2021 resolutions could have a positive impact on the NHS and public healthcare services. 47% of those planning a New Year’s Resolution for 2021 want to lose weight, 46% want to improve their fitness and 28% want to improve their diet.
8 in 10 Brits (84%) believe individuals have a “responsibility to take better care of their health” to support the NHS in 2021.
New Year’s Resolutions to support the NHS and long-term health
2021 will hopefully see a big improvement in people’s attitudes to their health after a tough year. 2 in 5 (44%) Brits plan to take on at least one New Year’s Resolution for 2021; half of the people making a New Year’s Resolution (17 million people or 50%), want to take action to improve their long-term health, and 1 in 4 (23%) Brits made health resolutions for 2021 to benefit their families.
The pandemic and lockdown restrictions have brought strains on the NHS into sharp focus; with 3 in 4 (77%) agreeing that they would make small lifestyle changes now, if they knew it would be beneficial to healthcare services.
Simplyhealth’s research also found 1 in 5 (19%) of those planning New Year’s Resolutions admit the wider societal and financial impact of COVID-19 has encouraged them to take better care of their health and lifestyle.
Events over the past year have changed our psychological mind-sets and in the face of unprecedented challenges, we have broadened our perspectives. Many of us are much less inward looking now than we were 12 months ago and this has impacted our personal goals. We are now worrying less about whether we should lose a few pounds and are instead thinking about the much bigger picture of health responsibility, not just to ourselves, but for our families, our friends, our communities and our hugely overstretched but truly remarkable NHS.
Jo Hemmings, behavioural psychologist commented “By focusing on our long-term health we become more resilient and more prepared should we ever have to face such a health crisis again. We are less likely to impose unrealistic and often unachievable resolutions on ourselves, but look at small ways in which we can change our lifestyle for the better – whether that is eating healthily or appreciating the wider impact exercise has on our well-being and our ability to support others.”
1 Data used is based on a survey, conducted online by the healthcare research company, Opinion Health, amongst 2,000 people between 09.12.2020 and 16.12.2020. Data were weighted to be nationally representative of the British population aged 18 and over with a confidence interval of 2%. The survey explored 2020 and 2021 New Year’s Resolutions, how they have been impacted by COVID-19, and how people’s attitudes to their health and the healthcare systems have changed over the past year. The survey was commissioned by healthcare plan provider, Simplyhealth.
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You can read the Simplyhealth press release in full here.