On the road to get Tameside healthier
Friday 27th January 2017 @ 11:11 by Adam Higgins
Ashton Community Denton & Audenshaw Droylsden Dukinfield Hyde News Stalybridge

Health champions are hitting Tameside’s streets to encourage residents to take up some healthier habits.

Public Health England’s One You Campaign, supported by Tameside Council and NHS Tameside & Glossop Clinical Commissioning Commission, aims to highlight how small changes now can make a big difference to health – both right away and in later years.

Council public health staff will be running roadshows at key venues – including Ashton Market Hall, Hyde Market Hall and Denton Crown Point shopping centre – throughout 2017 to promote One You.

Residents can take the How are you? online quiz to identify small changes they can make to make a big impact on their health. One You also offers a number of easy to use apps – from a Couch to 5k running plan to a drinks tracker and healthy recipes – to help people achieve their health goals.

Without knowing it, by the time people reach their 40s and 50s, many will have dramatically increased their chances of becoming ill later in life.

Drinking more alcohol, smoking or not being active enough can increase the risk of developing conditions such as type 2 diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Tameside Council Executive Member Cllr Ged Cooney, who is responsible for health, said: “As someone who has stopped smoking and taken steps to improve my own health, I can only say that you start to feel better right away and all the support that’s available does make it easier and means you’re more likely to stick to your new regime for the long term.

“Take the How are you quiz today and start the change for a healthier tomorrow.”

The One You roadshow will launch at Hyde Market Hall on Tuesday, February 7, and will run at various venues across the borough throughout the year.

Be Well Tameside offers local, tailored help and support – be it to stop smoking or to get active or lose weight. You can contact them on 0161 716 2000.