Published: 12:47, 03 January 2020
| Updated: 12:49, 08 January 2020
People in Kent are being encouraged to get more active and tackle unhealthy eating habits with the ‘New Year, New You’ campaign.
Kent residents, who are facing increasing health issues from potentially poor lifestyle choices, now have a great opportunity to put themselves on the right track.
Along with smoking and drinking too much alcohol, inactivity and unhealthy eating can have long term effects on people’s emotional and physical health, leading to an increased risk of many types of cancer, heart and lung disease and stroke.
Between 2017 and 2018, the percentage of Kent adults (over 18) classified as overweight or obese was 62.8 per cent which is slightly higher than the national figure (62 per cent).
“The best way to tackle problem weight is to eat a healthy, balanced, reduced-calorie and sugar diet,” said Kent County Council (KCC) Director for Public Health Andrew Scott-Clark.
“You can also maintain a healthy weight and prevent many illnesses by exercising regularly, at least 30 minutes a day of brisk walking.
“Priorities focus on changeable factors such as helping families to improve poor diets and help for those who need to lose and maintain a healthy weight.”
He added: “KCC supports national initiatives such as Change4Life and One You, alongside community-based weight management programmes for adults and fun activity based programmes for families with children and educational programmes in schools.
“Services like One You Kent which really can help a new you, this new year.”
People can simply take the ‘How Are You?’ online quiz by clicking here or even visit the same page to access the Easy Meals app or Active 10 app.
They can also book up for a free Health Check and find out more about a range of tools, tips and local support services that can help you by visiting the official One You Kent page here.
Sally from Tunbridge Wells lost 11kg with one-to-one support from the One You Kent team, team as well as joining the September Counterweight Group in the Camden Centre, Tunbridge Wells.
“What a great group to join!” she said.
“They are really friendly, supportive people that made my journey very enjoyable. I was very happy to lose weight with the support I received.
“I recommend it to anyone who wants to lose weight and feel great.”
Anthony from Dartford lost two stone and quit smoking with One You Kent.
He added, “One You Kent and its amazing team of wonderful staff have enabled me to lose weight.
“I also stopped smoking and that helped me tackle sleep apnoea and regain my confidence to re-enter the workplace.
“I cannot thank them enough for their unstinting support, friendship and professionalism. They made the difference for me and helped me rebuild my life.”
For advice about small changes you can make to improve your health and wellbeing including quitting smoking and reducing how much alcohol you drink, and to find more support in your area regarding your lifestyle, visit the official One You Kent page by clicking here.
If you’re aged between 40 to 74, and not on GP cardiovascular register you will be invited once every five years for a NHS Health Check.
The check will provide advice on keeping yourself healthy and active. Your blood pressure, height and weight will be checked.
You will be given a small finger prick test to check your blood cholesterol and you'll also be asked some questions about your lifestyle and family history.
The check will identify the risk of you developing heart disease, kidney disease, stroke, diabetes or dementia in the future.
Find out more at One You Kent by clicking here (and search for Health Checks) or call 0300 123 1220 (option 4) to find a clinic near you.
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