Healthy Living in Middle-age Can Reap Great Benefits in Retirement
Public Health England have launched a new national campaign, One You, to urge over 40s to change their ways and exercise more, drink less, give up smoking and eat a better diet. They warn that unless the middle aged improve their lifestyles they could die early or face a retirement blighted with ill health.
Currently more than two-fifths of people aged 45 to 64 are living with a disability or illness in England. The years people spend in good health has changed little, despite the fact that life expectancy has been rising in recent decades. But research has shown that you can double your chances of being healthy at 70 by adopting healthy living practices in middle age.
The One You campaign includes an online lifestyle checker which allows people to answer a series of simple questions about their lifestyle and then gives them a rating out of 10. Based on the results, advice is then given about what changes can be made and where you can go for help.
If you would like to try the online health quiz called “How are You” please click on the following link:
Over half of 40 to 60 year olds taking the quiz said they were likely to change their lifestyle to improve their health because of the feedback it gave them.
The Cost of Being Unhealthy
- 40% of deaths in England are related to lifestyle
- £11bn is spent by the NHS every year treating lifestyle related illnesses
- 3/4 of men and 2/3 of women aged 45 to 64 are overweight or obese
- 5% of the heaviest drinkers consume 30% of all alcohol
- 8 million adults smoke
These figures are from Public Health England.
Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer said:
“It is important people of all ages feel able to prioritise their health so they can lead long and healthy lives. We all have the power to shape our future health by making simple and small changes now. One You campaign acknowledges that this can be difficult and is there to help make these changes easier.”
Public Health England has joined forces with a number of partners including the BBC, Asda – which will be providing free blood pressure checks – and Slimming World – which is providing discounted access to its schemes.
PHE advisor Professor Sir Muir Gray said: “One You is designed to help every individual identify not only their risks but also the pressures they face in their life and the stress that results and then support them with personalised tools and advice.