One You is a ground-breaking new campaign from Public Health England to help adults across the country avoid future diseases caused by our lifestyles. Behaviours such as eating too much unhealthy food, drinking more alcohol than is recommended, continuing to smoke and not being active enough are responsible for around 40% of all deaths in England, and costs the NHS more than £11 billion a year. Yet reduced health in later life is not inevitable. Older people can live as well as young people by making small changes to their habits and lifestyles now.
To stay healthy, it’s recommended to do at least 150 minutes of moderate activity every week. This can easily be broken down to five sessions of 30 minutes of aerobic activity such as cycling or fast walking. It’s also important to do strength exercises on two days of the week that work all the major muscles (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms).
One You provides a practical way for adults to reappraise their lifestyle in the form of an online health quiz called ‘How Are You’. The free quiz indicates which areas people should look to change and provides encouragement and tools to help them do so.
You can access more information and take the ‘How Are You’ online quiz, or search ‘One You’ online.