How are YOU?
One You is a major new campaign launched by Public Health England targeting adults and in particular those in middle age, writes Toby Heaver.
Its aim is to help adults avoid future diseases caused by modern day life by encouraging them to take control of their health to enjoy significant benefits now and in later life.
Public Health England says 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 per cent of all deaths in England, and cost the NHS more than £11 billion a year.
But living healthily in middle age can double your chances of being healthy when you are 70.
The campaign is encouraging adults to start by taking an online health quiz called ‘How Are You? which provides personalised recommendations based on your results. It will also provide information on how you can reduce your stress levels and sleep better.
You can take the test at www.nhs.uk/oneyou to discover your score out of 10. The higher your score, the healthier you are (but please note this is not a medical assessment and if you are worried about your health you should speak to a health professional).
Here at Melton Sports, where we believe in sport ‘for beginners to winners’, we had a go and would encourage you to do the same because questions such as ‘who depends on you?’ really do make you stop and think. (And for the record Toby scored 7 and Michael 8 which may say more about the former’s student lifestyle than the latter’s level of fitness!)
If you are still wondering about the need to move more, eat well, drink less and be smoke free just consider a few facts:-
● Being active every day helps you stay physically healthy but if you aren’t very active you increase your risk of getting serious conditions, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers;
● Too much salt can raise your blood pressure which puts you at increased risk of health problems;
● Too much sugar can lead to the build-up of harmful fat on the inside of our bodies that we can’t see;
● If you regularly drink more than the lower risk guidelines you increase your risk of developing health problems such as high blood pressure, liver problems, heart attack and some types of cancer;
● Smoking causes around 90 per cent of lung cancers and is also linked to cancer in other parts of the body, heart disease, lung disease and other serious conditions.