Stockport Council and the local NHS are encouraging residents and their families to get “appy” and healthy in the New Year!
It’s that time of year when, after overindulging a bit, we’re all thinking about making a New Year’s resolution to be healthier.
Often we will fail to keep our resolutions but with the right support and motivation, you can make small changes to improve your health right away.
The One You Health quiz https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/how-are-you will help you to identify where the most change is needed and direct you to a number of free online digital tools to help you improve your health.
The Active 10 walking app – Just 10 minutes of continuous brisk walking every day can benefit your health, improve the way you feel and reduce the risk of a number of long-term conditions such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
The One You Days Off app helps you feel healthier, lose weight and save money by simply nominating days to take off drinking alcohol.
The Couch to 5K app has been designed to get you off the couch and running in just 9 weeks.
The Easy Meals app is a great way to eat foods that are healthier for you. You’ll find delicious, easy meal ideas to help -get you going if you’re ever short of inspiration
The Smoke Free App -Choose from the smartphone app, email programme or text messages.
Councillor Tom McGee, Stockport Council’s Cabinet Member for Health said:
“January is a good time to take stock of your own and your family’s health, so why not have a go at taking the ‘How Are You’ Health quiz. It will help you identify action where it’s most needed and direct you to a number of free apps which can help motivate you on your journey to a healthier you. I have taken the quiz myself and have decided to eat healthier and shed a few pounds in 2018.”
Dr Ranjit Gill, local GP and Chief Clinical Officer for NHS Stockport CCG said:
“Whether we are eating the wrong things, drinking more alcohol than we should, smoking, or just not being active enough, all of these things add up and dramatically increase our chances of developing conditions such as type 2 diabetes, cancer and heart disease. It’s never too late to improve your health so I would urge you to join the hundreds of thousands of people that are already using these apps to motivate themselves to make healthier lifestyle choices. Making small changes now can have a huge impact on your health in the future and help prevent illness later in life.”