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Start your journey to Better Health – let’s do this!

by Sandra Issar

There’s no denying the pandemic continues to be challenging for everyone, yet it’s also inspired seven in 10 adults to get healthier in 2021, according to the latest Public Health England (PHE) research.

An England-wide survey of over 5,000 adults has found that seven in 10 (68%) adults have taken the decision to make changes to their lifestyle in 2021, saying that they are motivated to make healthier lifestyle changes due to coronavirus.

Evidence shows that being obese significantly increases your chance of being admitted to intensive care with COVID-19 compared to those who are a healthy weight.

The survey also found that around 6 million adults aged 40 – 60 plan to eat more healthily, lose weight or exercise more.

In addition, four in 10 (43%) regular smokers plan to make a quit attempt in 2021 and nearly half of those who increased their alcohol intake during the second lockdown (45%) intend to cut down.

If you’re one of those motivated to get healthier and feel energised the Better Health campaign can help you to make simple healthy lifestyle changes.

Top tips and tools

The Better Health website provides a wide range of free tools and advice to support healthier habits, including suggestions on how to increase physical activity, make healthier food choices, lose weight, improve mental health and quit smoking.

The website’s ‘How Are You’ free online quiz will help you review your health and signpost to further support including a range of apps and resources.

There’s also lots of free local support from the Healthy Knowsley Service. For free, confidential one to one telephone or video call support telephone the Healthy Knowsley Hub on 0800 0731 202 – and arrange to speak to one of the wellbeing coaches for personalised support to suit you, or visit the Healthy Knowsley website.

We have some great green spaces and parks in Knowsley for you to explore whilst we’re in lockdown.  All activity counts towards keeping active, even housework and dancing in your kitchen!

Tony’s story

Tony, 47 from Cheshire, started his Better Health journey in 2020 and has lost three stone to date. Tony was hospitalised with COVID and strongly believes that his weight loss has contributed to his successful recovery, Tony said:

“Last year, I was in hospital for eight days after contracting Coronavirus; I remember thinking about my life choices and how losing three stone really did help with my recovery from COVID-19. Being fitter and healthier has opened more doors for me – I’ve started doing wild camping and long walks with my dog. Life is a lot more enjoyable. What happened to me in 2020 is a wakeup call, it’s like I have a second chance, and I am still determined to lose more weight in 2021.”

Cllr Sean Donnelly, Knowsley Council Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said:

“The impact that COVID-19 has had on our physical health and mental wellbeing is huge. Many people have adopted unhealthy eating habits and reduced their amount of physical activity. However, after the year we’ve had so many people now want to make changes for a healthier lifestyle and with lots of free, fantastic local support available plus the Better Health website and apps you don’t have to do it alone. These resources can be a huge help, no matter what changes you’re looking to make or what stage you are at.”

Search ‘Better Health’ or visit nhs.uk/betterhealth for free tools and support to help you make healthy changes and to find out more about the free, local support available visit the Healthy Knowsley website