One You is a ground-breaking new campaign from Public Health England aimed at helping the nation’s adults, especially those between the ages of 40-60 years old, avoid future diseases caused by modern day lifestyles.

 

One You is here to help you make simple changes which can double your chances of being healthy at 70 and beyond.

Our busy lives often means 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.

One You is here to help you move more, eat well, drink less alcohol and be smoke free. It will also provide information to help you feel less stressed and sleep better.

For more information and to take the online health quiz, search ‘One You’ online now.

 

Eating Well

One You provides lots of tips and recipes whether you’re trying to lose weight, get in shape or just live a healthier life

  • Download the free Easy Meals app for over a hundred delicious and simple meal ideas to get you eating foods that are healthier for you
  • 5-a-day: Fruit and vegetables are part of a balanced diet and can help us stay healthy. It’s recommended that we eat at least five portions of different types of fruit and veg a day
  • Fat: Check the labels when you shop and swap high fat foods for ones that are lower in saturated fat
  • Sugar: Cut down by watching out for sugar when you shop and making smart sugar swaps
  • Salt: Shop for low-salt or reduced-salt foods, and watch out for salt by checking the labels on everyday items
  • For more information and to take the online health quiz, search ‘One You’ online now.

Moving More

To stay healthy it’s recommended you 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 do strength exercises on 2 days of the week that work all the major muscles (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms)
  • A great way to start is to download the Couch to 5K app now. It has been designed to get you off the couch and running in just nine weeks. Grab your trainers and follow the stepby-step instructions
  • Being active is really good for your body, mind and health - and there are lots of easy ways you and your family can get moving
  • If you don’t do enough exercise, you increase your risk of getting heart disease and some types of cancer. Getting some exercise each day can also help prevent depression and dementia
  • It’s easy to move more and doing something is better than nothing. Start small and build up gradually
  • For more information and to take the online health quiz, search ‘One You’ online now.

Becoming Smokefree

If you smoke, quitting is one of the best things you'll ever do for your health.

  • Every cigarette you smoke increases your risk of developing diseases like heart disease, cancer and stroke
  • When you stop smoking you'll see the benefits to your everyday life, health and wallet
  • It’s never too late to quit smoking but you don’t have to do it alone. The free Smokefree app can help you stop smoking by providing daily support and motivation
  • If you stay smokefree for the 4 week programme you’re up to five times more likely to stay quit for good. Download the Smokefree app now
  • For more information and to take the online health quiz, search ‘One You’ online now.

Drinking Less Alcohol

It’s easy to let drinking sneak up on you and you may be drinking more alcohol than you realise.

  • Reduce your risks by knowing how much alcohol you are drinking and make sure you don’t drink more than the lower risk guidelines: o Men and women are advised not to drink more than 14 units of alcohol a week. This is the same as 6 pints of average strength beer a week
  • Drinking above the lower risk guidelines affects your body in many ways, from gaining weight to reducing the quality of your sleep. More seriously it increases your risk of developing health problems such as high blood pressure, liver problems, heart attack and some types of cancer
  • Keep an eye on how much alcohol you are drinking with the free Drinks Tracker app, which makes it easy to take control with daily tips and feedback
  • For more information and to take the online health quiz, search ‘One You’ online now.

Checking Ourselves

If you’re aged over 40 you can get a free NHS Health Check, which is a great way to check your health and get personalised advice on keeping yourself healthy and active

  • As we get older, we have a higher risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Your free NHS Health Check can spot the early signs of these and help prevent them
  • By attending your NHS Health Check and making healthy changes, you’re more likely to live longer and have more quality time with family and friends
  • If you’re over 40, and don’t have a pre-existing health condition, your GP or local authority will invite you for your free NHS Health Check
  • For more information and to take the online health quiz, search ‘One You’ online now.

Lowering Stress

Lots of things can cause stress, like work, relationships and money problems. Stress can affect how you feel, think, behave and how your body works – from how well you sleep to your immune system. Long-term stress puts your health at risk.

  • Reducing your stress levels and feeling more in control boosts your mood and means you are more able to cope with life’s ups and downs
  • There's no quick-fix cure for stress, but there are simple things you can do to help you stress less. These include relaxing, exercise, eating a healthy and balanced diet, and talking to someone. You don't have to suffer alone and a good place to start is to talk to your GP
  • For more information and to take the online health quiz, search ‘One You’ online now

Sleeping Better

Not sleeping well can have a huge effect on your health, putting you at risk of serious medical conditions like heart disease and diabetes – it can even shorten your life expectancy.

  • Good quality sleep is more important than the amount of sleep that you get and it helps to keep you feeling healthy
  • Not enough sleep can take its toll on your mind and can even lead to mental health problems such as anxiety, stress and depression. Sleeping less can also make you gain weight
  • Sleep gives you energy and boosts your immune system, helping your body recover from illnesses
  • There are simple things you can do to help you wind down and prepare for bed. Having a regular bedtime routine can help you drift off and if you smoke or drink, those habits might be stopping you from sleeping well
  • For more information and to take the online health quiz, search ‘One You’ online now