Living healthily in midlife can double your chances of being healthy at 70 and beyond
This week has marked the launch of 'One You', a ground-breaking new campaign to help adults across the country avoid future poor health caused by modern day life. Everyday habits and behaviours – such as eating too much unhealthy food, drinking more than is recommended, continuing to smoke and not being active enough – are responsible for around four in ten deaths in England. The 'One You' campaign aims to encourage adults, particularly those in middle age, to take control of their health to enjoy significant benefits now, and in later life.
The new campaign from Public Health England will help adults in Central Bedfordshire to be more active, eat well, drink less and be smoke free. One You will also provide information on how people can reduce
their stress levels and sleep better.
It is encouraging adults to start by taking a new online health quiz, called 'How Are You'. This innovative quiz provides personalised recommendations based on your results and directs people to tools and advice to help them take action where it's most needed.
Cllr Maurice Jones, Executive Member for Health at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: "Modern day life can make it hard for people to live healthily with bigger portion sizes for the foods we eat, having desk-bound jobs and long commutes to work.
"One You gives people the chance to think about their lifestyle choices, put themselves first and do something about their own health before it's too late."
Muriel Scott, Director of Public Health at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: "Reduced health in later life doesn't have to be inevitable. Older people can live as well as young people by making relatively small changes to their habits and lifestyles – it's never too late to get your health back on track."
For more information and to take the 'How Are You' online quiz, visit