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New you for the New Year

​​One You campaign is helping people live more healthily in 2017 and beyond
Public Health England’s One You campaign is helping middle-aged people live more healthily.

Eight out of 10 of the middle-aged weigh too much, drink too much or don’t exercise enough, according to Public Health England (PHE).

PHE’s One You campaign is reaching out to the 83 percent of those aged 40 to 60 who are either overweight or obese, exceed the Chief Medical Officer’s (CMO) alcohol guidelines or are physically inactive, to provide free support and tools to help them live more healthily in 2017 and beyond.

Research shows that obesity in adults has shot up 16 percent in the past 20 years, and many people can’t identify what a ‘healthy’ body looks like, which suggests that obesity has become the new normal.

PHE says that obese adults are more than five times more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than those who are a healthy weight.

People are being urged to consider their health and the simple steps they can take to improve it in the New Year, by taking the One You online quiz. People need to eat better, be more active, stop smoking and consider their drinking.

The quiz, called How Are You​, takes people’s lifestyle information, gives them a health score and then links to free information, apps and tools.

More than 1.1 million people have taken the quiz so far and, where appropriate, been directed to download PHE apps such as Couch to 5K, Alcohol Checker and Easy Meals. Nearly a quarter of a million people have subsequently downloaded Couch to 5K.

Professor Kevin Fenton, director of health and wellbeing at PHE, said: “People are busy with work, with families, with the daily grind, and sometimes their own health is the least of their priorities.

“The How Are You Quiz will help anyone who wants to take a few minutes to take stock and find out quickly where they can take a little action to make a big difference to their health.”