Eating well, moving more, drinking less and quitting smoking are common resolutions each new year – but they can be hard to stick to.
Research from Public Health England shows that six out of 10 people (57 per cent) in England will make a healthy new years’ resolution. That’s why we’re supporting residents to continue with their resolutions with our annual New Year, New You campaign #NYNU19.
In support of Public Health England’s “How Are You” campaign, we’re asking residents to take a free, online quiz which analyses your lifestyle to provide a personal health score and get tailored advice on how to improve your health.
Throughout January we will be giving residents handy tips to help them feel fantastic. These include advice on moving more, cutting back on sugary snacks and giving up smoking.
We’re encouraging our residents to cut back on sugar. This year’s Change4Life campaign is asking parents to “Make a swap when you next shop” which could reduce children’s sugar intake from some products (yoghurts, drinks and breakfast cereals) by half while giving them healthier versions of the foods and drinks they enjoy.
We’re always updating our own move more website – Get Oldham Active, a dedicated resource to help all residents move more by finding the exercise that’s right for them.
Oldham Library is also set to host their annual Healthy New Year Festival to help you kick off 2019 with a fresh start. This week-long showcase of events is due to take place between Monday 14 and Saturday 19 January. Visitors can take part in free exercise classes, enjoy various health activities – ranging from a live music mood-boosting Bumps and Babies Rhyme Time to the Ageing Well Fun and Games Event – and can get tips and advice on health and wellbeing from on-hand experts.
Want to give up smoking? Just think, you could make the cost of next Christmas a whole lot easier thanks to the money you’ll save while also feeling healthier. For help quitting, call Oldham’s Stop Smoking Service on 0800 288 9008.
Councillor Zahid Chauhan, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care said: “It’s great to start the New Year with a resolution but they can so easily be broken. We are here to provide support to help you continue with your commitment to making healthier choices.”
“Take the How Are You” quiz now and start making changes
“By making a few small changes like moving more, drinking less and swapping sugary drinks and snacks and swapping sugary drinks, you can make a big difference to your health and wellbeing.”