Six key areas affecting your health

 
Whether we are eating the wrong things, drinking more than we should, smoking despite everything we know, or just not being active, all of these small things can add up to an unhealthy you. Making better choices today can have a huge influence on our health, but it’s not easy in our busy lives. 
 
Public Health England’s ‘One You’ campaign provides advice and guidance on how to make simple changes to your lifestyle in six key areas to improve your health and wellbeing (whatever your age!). For more information, access the NHS website: nhs.uk/oneyou and take the “How Are You?” quiz to see how you score in each area.
 

The One You campaign has identified the following 6 key areas affecting your health

Eating better 
The older you get, the harder it is to maintain your weight, and so with each year you should re-assess what you eat and how much you’re eating. Keeping an eye on portion control and snacking, along with eating whole, fresh foods is all you need to stay healthy and maintain a regular weight.
Sleep well 
Sleep is one of the key elements to maintaining a healthy life and more importantly, to feeling good. Everyone’s different, but it’s important to get enough for your individual needs because poor sleep habits on a regular basis can be harmful. Getting enough sleep can improve your weight, energy levels, mood and add years to your life. 
Moving more 
It’s easier than you think to stay active. Moving regularly improves your mind, body and general health and will ensure you maintain physical and mental mobility well into old age. Just a few small changes can make a big difference to your life and how you feel. 
Stress free 
We all feel stress in our lives, sometimes lots, sometimes only a little, but letting stress get the better of you over an extended period poses a health risk. Too much stress can affect your daily thinking, mood, sleep and even your immune system. There is not a one-size-fits-all answer to stress but there are ways to reach out and get the help you need, when you need it most. 
Quit smoking 
Be a hero to your loved ones, be a hero to yourself. Feel better, live longer and save money. No matter how long you’ve smoked for, quitting today will make a difference to you and your family. 
Drinking less 
Many of us like to unwind with a drink at the end of the day, but the problem is how to prevent one drink turning into more. New guidelines now recommend only 14 units of alcohol per week, which is equivalent to about 6 pints a week. Drinking less will result in weight loss, more energy, saving money and improved mood.
 
 
If you are aged between 40 and 74, you could be eligible to find out how healthy you are and receive personalised advice on how to improve and maintain your health with a FREE NHS Health Check. Like an MOT for your body, your blood pressure, cholesterol, heart health and BMI are all measured with the aim of helping you lead a longer, happier, more independent life well into the future.
 

How CSSC can help

CSSC members have access to various tools, resources and activities:
 
  • online guides to alcohol intake, nutrition, stress-management and tests to assess your current wellbeing;
  • improve your activity levels by taking part in our events, or try something new with our taster days, or track your activities with the My Active app and earn rewards;
  • reduce stress by taking part in more leisure-based activities like outings to the cinema, theme-parks or heritage sites with friends and family;
  • volunteer with CSSC, the NHS reports that volunteering reduces depression, stress and boosts quality of life.

 

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