One You campaign encourages Lewisham residents to take action
March sees the launch of 'One You'; a new public health campaign supporting adults in choosing to lead healthier lifestyles and reduce their risk of developing long-term conditions in the future.
Without knowing it, by the time they reach our 40's and 50's, many people have dramatically increased their chances of becoming ill later in life – be it through smoking, drinking too much alcohol, following a bad diet or being a bit of a couch potato. All these things can add up to being an unhealthy you.
"Modern life makes it very easy for us to make unhealthy choices" explains Dr Marc Rowland, local GP and chair of NHS Lewisham CCG. "Tempting treats in easy reach, bigger portions for everything we eat and technology that allows us to shop, stay in touch and be entertained without ever having to leave the sofa. Sometimes it feels as though life is ganging up on us."
It's time to fight back.
'One You' has been created to support people to make simple changes towards a longer and happier life. 'One You' will provide tools, motivational support and encouragement every step of the way, to help people improve their health right away.
"Making changes to your lifestyle isn't easy and takes willpower" continues Dr Rowland. "However, committing to make small changes today can bring you huge benefits in the future and help you to live a longer, healthier life."
Keep an eye out for 'One You' campaign material appearing on posters, websites and social media over the next few weeks.
You can also take a free health quiz to find out your score by clicking here.