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A new government campaign from Public Health England is warning unhealthy middle-aged people they must improve their health and lifestyle if they want to live longer and enjoy their retirement.  The campaign, called One You, is targeting the over 40’s as a group and encouraging them to live healthier lifestyles by giving up smoking, drink less, eat healthier food and take more exercise.  These are already well-known improvements everyone should make but it is the first time there has been a national campaign to target this group specifically.


There are already over 20% of people aged between 45-64 in England living with an illness or disability.  Although life expectancy has risen in recent decades the amount of time people spend as healthy hasn’t changed much at all.  The One You campaign will warn those who are middle-aged that unless they make some improvements to their health now they could die early or spend their retirement with ill health.


Research has already shown that if you are living healthily in middle age you chances of being healthy at 70 double.

To give some idea of why this is so important according to Public Health England 40%

of deaths are related to lifestyle and the NHS spends £11bn every year treating lifestyle-related conditions.  If middle-aged people can improve their lifestyle and subsequent health the benefits will be significant as they reach old age.

75% of men 66% of women between the ages of 45-64 are overweight or obese.  Nearly 20% of adults smoke and 5% of the heaviest drinkers account for 30% of all the alcohol drunk.

To help people to improve their lifestyle the government's advisory body, Public Health England, is launching an online lifestyle checker under the One You brand.

You can take a simple quiz and get a rating out of 10 about your lifestyle and following that get advice on improving things and where to go for help and further advice.


Prof Sir Muir Gray, an adviser to Public Health England, 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 encouraged people to use it as a springboard for action saying "We all have the power to shape our future health by making simple and small changes now."


If you are looking to make some changes to your lifestyle or just get a review your local pharmacy is a good place to start if it is more convenient than getting an appointment with your doctor.