Modern life responsible for ‘worrying’ health in middle age

North West adults are being urged to take a moment 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 acording to Public Health England. 

The quiz, called ‘How Are You’, takes your lifestyle information, gives you a health score and then links to free localised, personalisable information, apps and tools.  

In the North West:

  • 66% of adults are classified as overweight or obese. In 2013-14, obesity was a contributing factor for almost 56,000 hospital admissions
  • 30% of adults are classified as inactive, doing less than 30 minutes of at least moderate-intensity physical activity per week in bouts of 10 minutes or more
  • There were 3,600 alcohol-related deaths in 2013, and nearly 38,000 alcohol-related hospital admissions in 2013-14 (excluding A&E)
  • 20% of persons aged 18 years and over smoke, and smoking was attributable to an estimated 75,000 hospital admissions of people aged 35 and over
  • Between 2012-14, the rate of deaths attributable to smoking was an estimated 329 per 100,000 population

PHE’s One You campaign is reaching out to the 83% of 40 to 60 year olds (87% of men and 79% of women) 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. 

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

These sit alongside PHE’s other online tools like the Heart Age tool which gives you your ‘heart age’ based on you age and lifestyle and we would also encourage people to take up their NHS Health Check invitation when they receive it.

Dr Rebecca Wagstaff, Deputy Director, Health and Wellbeing, Public Health England North West 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.” 

Take the quiz 

The ‘How Are You’ quiz: www.nhs.uk/oneyou/how-are-you 
The Heart Age tool can be found here: www.nhs.uk/tools/pages/heartage.aspx 
More information on the NHS Health Check can be found here: www.healthcheck.nhs.uk/