We often take for granted that participating in physical and cultural activities will be good for our mental, as well as physical, health. Our sport and culture evidence programme looks at the international research on what types of activities have evidence of their impact on, or links to, wellbeing.
We focus specifically on ‘interventions’: projects and programmes that are funded by the public, charity or private sector to improve people’s health, social inclusion or another factor.
This means we can start to ask questions about what works. Does investing in community choirs help to lower isolation? What makes sport programmes aimed at young people more effective? Are visual arts projects a useful approach to supporting people with mental health issues?