New health campaign to help avoid chronic illness

One You aims to boost health
One You aims to boost health

Adults living in Morley are being targeted by a new campaign to help them avoid chronic illness in later life.

Public Health England have launched One You to reduce the number of retired people living with long-term health conditions.

The campaign encourages middle-aged people to take control of their health and adopt good habits before it’s too late.

Everyday vices such as smoking, drinking, inactivity and poor diet cost the NHS £11billion per year and cause 40 per cent of all deaths. Despite rising life expectancy and life-prolonging treatments, many people spend their later years suffering from poor health. Clean living in middle age can double a person’s chances of remaining healthy at 70.

Leeds residents can take an online health quiz called How Are You? which recommends action and advises respondents on ways to boost their wellbeing and change their lifestyle, such as reducing stress levels and improving sleep patterns.

Coun Lisa Mulherin, chair of Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board, said:“I know how modern life makes it hard for people to live as healthily as we should. So many of us get bigger portions to eat and technology that allows us to shop, stay in touch and be entertained without ever having to leave the sofa.

“That’s why I’m backing One You. It gives people the chance to reappraise their lifestyle choices, put themselves first and do something about their own health before it’s too late.”

Asda, Slimming World, BBC and the Ministry of Defence are all supporting the campaign, which will have a strong presence in shops, health facilities and online.

Professor Kevin Fenton, Public Health England national director, said: “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 quiz, search ‘One You’ online.