Residents who have overindulged during the festive period are being encouraged to get some healthier habits ready for the New Year.
Rochdale Borough Council is backing Public Health England’s (PHE) One You New Year campaign, which aims to encourage adults to make small changes to improve their health now and reap the rewards later in life.
'Why not make this year the year you stick to your New Year’s resolution?'
According to PHE, poor lifestyle behaviours such as smoking, drinking too much, not doing enough physical activity and eating unhealthily, accounts for 40 per cent of all deaths in England and costs the NHS more than £11 billion every year.
In the borough of Rochdale around 22% of adults still smoke, 69.7% are overweight or obese, just 55% do the recommended amount of physical activity every day and less than half say they eat the recommended amount of fruit and vegetables.
Figures also show that around a quarter of the borough’s residents aged 16 or over are living with a long-term health condition.
'One You is here to support your fight back to a healthier you'
By the time people have reached the ages of 40 or 50-years-old their unhealthy behaviours could have dramatically increased the chances of developing conditions such as type 2 diabetes, cancer and heart disease.
The One You campaign aims to provide support and motivation to help adults make small changes to improve their health and double their chances of staying healthy as they get older.
Residents can use the ‘How Are You?’ health quiz to assess their current lifestyle behaviours and get personalised recommendations on where changes are most needed. It will also direct users to online tools and local services to help them cut down on alcohol, eat healthily, stop smoking and get more active.
Over 1 million people have already used the tool to start their journey to a happier, healthier life and residents are being reminded that it’s never too late to join them.
Councillor Janet Emsley, Rochdale Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Health and Wellbeing, said: “It’s that time of year after we’ve all eaten too many mince pies or had a particularly merry Christmas, when we start to think about getting healthier. Why not make this year the year you stick to your New Year’s resolution to give up the cigarettes for good or become a committed gym member? One You is here to support your fight back to a healthier you with loads of helpful advice and useful apps.”
For more information and to take the How Are You? health quiz visit
There is only One You.