Council and health chiefs are keen to use the New Year to encourage the public to improve their health and wellbeing.
With the New Year underway, there is a new drive focusing on the #onething initiative for 2016. The campaign has launched a new website youronething.co.uk which allows people to make a pledge, interact with others and receive regular email updates with hints and tips to help people achieve their #onething pledge.
Since the launch in early 2015, the #onething campaign has generated 617 pledges across Warwickshire North, 510 health checks and 317 people have sought advice on how to live a healthier lifestyle as part of the campaign.
The local partners which include Warwickshire County Council, Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, North Warwickshire Borough Council and NHS Warwickshire North Clinical Commissioning Group are working together to try and get people to think about just one thing (#onething) they could change in their lifestyle. It might be more exercise, eating more fruit, stopping smoking or even replacing white bread with brown.
The idea is that by changing one thing people will see that the steps towards a healthier life are not that difficult. You can see photos of many of the pledges people are making at youronething.co.uk.
Cllr Les Caborn, Warwickshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Health, said: “New Year is a time when people are taking stock for the next twelve months and thinking about things they could do to improve their lives. This campaign is a great example of how making a small change to our routine can benefit our health and wellbeing now and in the future.”
Cllr Maggie O’Rourke, the Chair of Warwickshire County Council’s Adults, Health and Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee, added: “Nearly everyone can make a small change to improve their health and wellbeing. I’m delighted to see how far the campaign has come in just under twelve months and I look forward to the events that are planned to mark the anniversary.”
Dr Deryth Stevens, GP and Chair of NHS Warwickshire North Clinical Commissioning Group said: "To see so many local people make a commitment to improve their health is excellent. As a local GP I know that cardiovascular disease is on the increase in this area. With many local people already committing to make changes in their lives to improve their general health and wellbeing, I know that the campaign team will be looking to increase that number. As a health professional I am proud to be associated with a project where residents are not only interested in their health, but are resolving to make a change."
The #onething campaign has the support of many partners, including Warwickshire County Council, NHS Warwickshire North Clinical Commissioning Group, North Warwickshire Borough Council and Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council.
To find out more and make your #onething pledge visit youronething.co.uk.