STAFF from across Tameside Council and Tameside & Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have made a healthy start to meeting the One You Four Week Challenge.
The Public Health England challenge aims to encourage teams and individuals in workplaces to pledge to take on healthy new habits for a month and see how much better it makes them feel.
Council and CCG staff, as well as colleagues from some other partner organisations, aim to achieve 1000 healthy pledges during September. These can be anything from stopping smoking to taking the stairs instead of the lift.
Public health and CCG staff at New Century House, Denton, shared a healthy lunch, supplied by Topaz café, as part of the challenge launch on 7 September. They also took part in Active Tameside Shake-up desk work outs and Be Well health checks while Living Streets held a stall with ideas to get people walking more.
Throughout the month staff in other locations will be taking part in further healthy activities, including lunchtime walks, as well as pledging to meet their own individual challenges. Over 100 pledges have already been made – from people reducing the sugar in their tea and coffee to people taking up open water swimming.
One You is national campaign aiming to encourage adults to take control of their own health to enjoy significant benefits now and in later life.
Everyday habits and behaviours, such as eating too much unhealthy food, drinking more than is recommended, continuing to smoke and not being active enough, are responsible for around 40% of all deaths in England and cost the NHS more than £11 billion a year.
Tameside Council Chief Executive and interim Accountable Officer of NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group Steven Pleasant, who attended the One You healthy lunch, said: “This campaign complements the work we are already doing as part of Care Together and Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Devolution to put people at the heart of improving their own future health. This challenge aims to get people to keep up healthy new habits for a month and hopefully, they will feel so good that they will keep up the positive lifestyle changes for the longer term , bringing them health benefits far into the future.
“Working with our own staff and partners to promote the One You Four Week Challenge is just a starting point - we hope other workplaces, groups and organisations will take up their own healthy challenges and encourage their communities to make small changes for the better.”