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Living healthily in midlife can double your chances of being healthy at 70 and beyond

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In Herefordshire 23% of the adult population are inactive, 14% are smokers and 65% are classified as overwieight or obese*

Around 40% of all deaths in England are related to behaviour.

The NHS spends more than £11bn a year on treating illnesses caused by the effects of diet, inactivity, smoking and drinking alcohol.

Today marks the launch of ‘One You’, a ground-breaking new campaign to help adults across the country avoid future diseases caused by modern day life. Everyday habits and behaviours - such as eating too much unhealthy food, drinking more than is recommended, continuing to smoke and not being active enough – are responsible for around 40% of all deaths in England, and cost the NHS more than £11 billion a year. ‘One You’ aims to encourage adults, particular those in middle age, to take control of their health to enjoy significant benefits now, and in later life.

In Herefordshire the number of hospital admissions for alcohol related conditions were 1055 (2013/14), there were 1902 (2014/15) admissions for smoking related conditions and 563 (2013/14) for obesity related conditions.

Latest figures show that life expectancy at older ages is at record levels, yet many are spending their retirement living in ill health. Currently fifteen million Britons are living with a long-term health condition, yet studies show living healthily in middle age can double your chances of being healthy when you are 70.

The new campaign from Public Health England will help adults in Herefordshire to move more, eat well, drink less and be smoke free. One You will also provide information on how people can reduce their stress levels and sleep better.

It is encouraging adults to start by taking a new online health quiz, called ‘How Are You’. This innovative quiz provides personalised recommendations based on your results and directs people to tools and advice to help them take action where it’s most needed. Over half (56%) of 40-60 year olds taking the ‘How Are You’ quiz said they were likely to change their lifestyle to improve their health because of the feedback it gave them.

Professor Rod Thomson, Director of Public Health at Herefordshire Council said:

“Modern day life makes it hard for people to live healthily with bigger portions for everything we eat, a desk-bound job or a long commute.  “One You gives people the chance to reappraise their lifestyle choices, put themselves first and do something about their own health before it’s too late.”

 

Professor Kevin Fenton, National Director of Public Health England said:

“For the first time, Public Health England is launching a campaign that talks to adults directly about all of the things they can do to improve their health. The scale of the campaign is unprecedented and includes new public and commercial partnerships with Amazon, Asda, BBC Get Inspired, Slimming World and the Armed Forces."

“This will see One You in every community, on every high street, in local health services, on websites and in social media. We want everyone across the country to know that it is never too late to get your health back on track.”

 

For more information, and to take the ‘How Are You’ online quiz www.nhs.uk/oneyou now. 

You can also  search 'health on wellbeing' on WISH, Herefordshire's new directory for care, support, services and activities, for information on support available in Herefordshire.

*Figures from PHE for 2012/14

Tags: Health and social care, Leisure and culture, Your council