Call to make it a healthy new year

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Yourviews - BY JOHN MCDOUGALL john.mcdougall@trin­i­tymir­ @JMacD1988

ADULTS in Hal­ton are be­ing urged to con­sider their health af­ter two thirds of peo­ple in the North West be­ing were clas­si­fied as over­weight or obese.

Pub­lic Health Eng­land (PHE) is en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to eat bet­ter, be more ac­tive, stop smok­ing and con­sider their drink­ing as we en­ter 2017.

The PHE said that 30% of adults in the North West were clas­si­fied as in­ac­tive – do­ing less than 30 min­utes of at least mod­er­ate in­ten­sity phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity per week in bouts of 10 min­utes or more.

A to­tal of 20% of adults aged 18 years and over smoke ac­cord­ing to PHE, and smok­ing was at­trib­ut­able to an es­ti­mated 75,000 hos­pi­tal ad­mis­sions of peo­ple aged 35 and above.

There were also 3,600 al­co­hol-re­lated deaths in the re­gion in 2013 and nearly 38,000 al­co­hol­re­lated hos­pi­tal ad­mis­sions in 2013-14.

PHE has re­leased a quiz called How Are You, which records lifestyle in­for­ma­tion, gives a health score and links to free per­son­alised in­for­ma­tion, apps and other tools.

It is part of the health or­gan­i­sa­tion’s One You cam­paign and 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 al­co­hol guide­lines, or are phys­i­cally in­ac­tive.

It aims to pro­vide free sup­port and tools to help ● them live more healthily in 2017 and be­yond.

PHE North West’s deputy di­rec­tor for health and well­be­ing, Dr Re­becca Wagstaff, 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.”

More than 1.1 mil­lion peo­ple have taken the quiz so far and where ap­pro­pri­ate, been di­rected to apps such as Couch To 5K, Al­co­hol Checker and Easy Meals. For more in­for­ma­tion and to take the quiz,, visit www.nhs. uk/oneyou/how-are-you

Smok­ing, drink­ing and obe­sity are ma­jor fac­tors in health prob­lems

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