A new campaign aimed at helping adults across the country make healthier lifestyle choices is being backed by the council and NHS Merton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
The ‘One You’ campaign, launched this month by Public Health England asks adults to change everyday habits. This includes things such as eating too much unhealthy food, consuming too much alcohol and smoking which are responsible for around 40% of all deaths in England, and cost the NHS more than £11 billion a year.
In Merton, its estimated there are around 31,000 smokers (approximately 15.5% of the population) and almost 121,000 overweight and obese adults (59% of the population). Although life expectancy at older ages is at record levels, many are spending their retirement in ill health. Studies show living healthily in middle age can double your chances of being healthy when you are 70.
Adults are being encouraged to take a new online health quiz called ‘How Are You’, that provides personalised recommendations based on your results and directs participants to tools and advice to help them take action. More than half of 40-60 year olds taking the quiz have said they were likely to change their lifestyles because of the feedback and advice it gave them.
Merton’s director of public health, Dr Dagmar Zeuner, said: “The council is fully behind Public Health England’s One You campaign. Our busy lives often mean that our own health is at the bottom of our list of priorities. Remember that it’s important to take time to look after yourself as not only will you feel the benefits but so will your family. I would encourage all adults to take the How Are You quiz, to get personalised recommendations on how to start the fight back to a healthier you. Check out your score and see what tools and offers One You suggests to help you change”.
Merton’s cabinet member for adult social care and health, Councillor Caroline Cooper-Marbiah said: “It’s never too late to start living a healthy lifestyle and by doing so you can radically reduce the risk of health related illness at a later date. There is only One You so you should take good care of yourself.”
Wimbledon GP and Merton CCG Clinical Commissioner Dr Tim Hodgson said, “Making changes to your lifestyle isn’t easy and takes willpower. However, committing to make small changes today can bring you huge benefits in the future and help you to live a longer, healthier life.”
Click the link to take the One You Quiz.