Physical inactivity is a major cause of disease and disability for adults in the UK. It negatively impacts the health, social and economic outcomes of individuals and costs the NHS millions every year.[i]
Active 10 is the latest physical activity campaign from One You. Launched in March 2016, One You from Public Health England is the first nationwide programme to support adults in making simple changes that can have a huge influence on their health, could help prevent diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cancer and heart disease and reduce risk of suffering a stroke or living with dementia, disability and frailty in later life. It aims to inform, energise and engage millions of adults, especially those in the 40-60 ‘middle aged’ group, to make changes to improve their own health by eating well, moving more, drinking less and quitting smoking. One You also provides information on free health checks and how people can reduce their stress levels and sleep better. It is estimated that habits such as poor diet, excessive alcohol, smoking and a lack of activity – are responsible for around 40% of all deaths in England and costs the NHS more than £11 billion a year.
Active 10 has a free app you can download which includes tips and encouragement to help you fit ten-minute brisk walking sessions into your daily routine. It also tells you how much brisk walking you are currently doing as well as helping you to slowly build up from just 10 minutes of exercise per day to the Chief Medical Officer’s recommended 30 minutes a day, by providing regular rewards, challenges and encouragement.
Apple Store: (https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/one-you-active-10-walking-tracker/id1204295312?mt=8)
Google Play Store (Android): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.ac.shef.oak.pheactiveten&hl=en_GB
Take the Quiz: www.nhs.uk/oneyou/hay
This 10-minute quiz will give you an indication of where you could make improvements to support your health.
Osteopathy is a profession that focuses on creating an environment for supporting the health of our patients and the One You campaign, with its focus on positive messages for overall optimal health, is a campaign that aligns well with our osteopathic principles. Osteopaths are ideally placed to provide health advice and guidance to aid people to make the changes proposed by One You, and demonstrate that there is far more to osteopathic practice than just treating backs.
[i]Public Health England, 2014; Scarborough et al., 2011