Monday, 7 March 2016

UK over 40s health campaign

(health, wellbeing, obesity, alcohol, smoking, diet)

Today's news on the BBC highlights a new campaign to improve the health of Britain's men and women as they age. People in the UK are living longer, but not being fit and healthy any longer.

The necessary changes to habits are simple and cost nothing - in fact they generally involve spending less on consumables that are damaging to health:

Currently more than two-fifths of those aged 45 to 64 are living with an illness or disability in England.

The campaign will warn those in middle-age that unless they change their ways they could die early or face a retirement blighted with ill-health.

While overall life expectancy has been rising in recent decades, the years people spend in good health has changed little.

But research has shown that living healthy in middle age can double an individual's chances of being healthy at 70.

The report adds the following statistics:

Unhealthy lifestyles

    40% of deaths are related to lifestyle

    8m adults - just under one in five - smoke

    The 5% of heaviest drinkers consume 30% of all alcohol

    Three-quarters of men and two thirds of women aged 45 to 64 are overweight or obese

    The NHS spends £11bn a year on treating illnesses caused by diet, inactivity, smoking and drinking

PHE adviser Prof Sir Muir Gray said: "One you is designed to help every individual identify not only their risks but also the pressures they face in their life and the stress that results and then support them with personalised tools and advice."

England's chief medical officer Prof Dame Sally Davies urged people to use it as an opportunity to act. "We all have the power to shape our future health by making simple and small changes now."

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