TAMESIDE residents are being encouraged to make 2017 the year they make a positive change to improve their chances of staying healthy as they get older.
Public Health England’s One You Campaign, supported by Tameside Council, aims to highlight how small changes now can make a big difference to health – both right away and in later years.
Without knowing it, by the time people reach their 40s and 50s many will have dramatically increased their chances of becoming ill later in life.
Whether they are eating the wrong things, drinking more alcohol than they should, smoking, or just not being active enough,- all of these things add up. They increase the risk of developing conditions such as type 2 diabetes, cancer and heart disease.
However it’s never too late to start to turn things around and there’s support available to help people make changes to improve their health right away and double their chances of staying healthy as they get older.
A good way for people to decide which lifestyle changes to make is to take the free online How Are You health quiz. It provides personalised recommendations based on individual results.
Be Well Tameside also offers free personalised help and support with eating well, moving more, drinking less and quitting smoking as well advising people on how they can reduce their stress levels and sleep better. They can be contacted on 0161 716 2000.
Tameside Council Executive Member Cllr Ged Cooney, who is responsible for health, said: “Whether it’s stopping smoking, exercising more or getting more sleep, it’s never too late to start to make a positive difference to your health and the new year – after the indulgences of the festive season – is a great time to start.
“It’s also important that everyone knows they don’t have to go it alone - there’s free help and support available to make any changes easier to achieve. Take the quiz, contact Be Well Tameside and start looking forward to a healthier you.”