With healthy eating constantly in the public eye and the number of children and adults suffering from issues such as obesity the UK government have decided that something needs to be done about this. The ‘One You’ campaign has a budget of £6,000,000 and is aimed to reach 40-60 year olds who have slipped into poor eating and exercise habits over an extended period of time.
A TV advert started running on the 6th March with a £3,500,000 spend to attract those adults who are consumers of TV. An interesting fact that was also found is that many of the 40-60 year olds that are been targeted in this campaign are avid users of social media and more specifically Facebook. Three quarters of the audience used Facebook every day and this was for both male and females.
Furthermore, the NHS have created a simple questionnaire that can assist you in making healthy changes to your lifestyle. This questionnaire looks at; Eating habits, Drinking Habits, how much a person exercises and whether they drink or smoke. The questionnaire then gives a person a ranking out of ten to see how healthy they are on the scale.
Click the link if you would like to take the NHS One You questionnaire.
Drinking more and smoking and not being active enough are responsible for around 40% of all in deaths in England, and this costs the NHS more than £11 billion per year.
We’ve listed some top tips to help support this campaign and to help you lead a happier and healthier lifestyle.
Many of us enjoy the taste of sugary sweets and stodgy meal as they comfort us and give many of us energy in the short term. Below are some quick and easy high protein snacks that will ensure we are fuller for longer as we know from recent studies that eating protein increase the production of hunger fighting hormones. (http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/quick-easy-high-protein-snacks/)
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars – Oats and Protein Powder make up the bulk of this bar keeping you fuller for longer, the peanut butter also adds a ton of flavour but it increases protein intake too. Add some chocolate drizzle to add more flavour, but preferably dark chocolate as this is super nutritious.
- Roasted Chickpeas – Chickpeas are an alternative carbohydrate to potatoes or heavy things like crackers. Just add a little bit of seasoning such as garlic, chilli, salt and pepper or cinnamon to change the flavours up.
- Cinnamon Flat Bread – This low carb flatbread only takes a few ingredients to make. Sprinkle the flatbread with a few raisins, cinnamon and a bit of nut butter for the perfect healthy snack. http://thebigmansworld.com/2015/02/15/paleo-cinnamon-raisin-flatbread/
- Eggs with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Goat Cheese – This is a snack that the savoury lovers won’t be able to get enough of. The tomatoes can be substituted with peppers or spinach depending on a person’s taste. http://uprootkitchen.com/2014/07/28/portobello-baked-eggs-sundried-tomatoes-goat-cheese/
Fizzy drinks are probably the worst drinks to consume if you’re looking to lead a healthier lifestyle, they contain lots of sugar and e-numbers that give you short term bursts of energy but the body stores any excess as fat. Water is the best drink and it is recommended to drink 8 glasses a day to keep your body hydrated, along with other benefits (https://www.ebac.com/water-coolers/well-being-benefits-of-water.php) try to keep a bottle at work or in the office to help you consume this. Alcohol in large amounts isn’t great for the waistline. Binge drinking means that hundreds or even thousands of calories are consumed in one serving, this doesn’t allow the body time to break them down which in turn leads to the storage of fat. (https://www.drinkaware.co.uk/check-the-facts/health-effects-of-alcohol)
According to government statistics the recommended daily amount of exercise for an adult is thirty minutes a day, however, with work commitments and families this can prove difficult. What we’ve done is implemented some tips below to give you a helping hand.
- Take the stairs instead of the lift – Something as simple as taking a walk up the steps instead of using the elevator can really help burn calories, in fact step jockey say that using the stairs burns seven times more calories than using the lift. https://www.stepjockey.com#
- The Silent Squeeze – Working your glutes while sat at your desk is both simple and discrete. To start toning, simply squeeze the buttocks, hold for 5-10 seconds, and release.
- Prone Walkout – This is a great workout to do if you are watching the television or at home with the kids. Get on to all four with the core engaged, move the hands slowly forward staying on the toes but keeping them positioned. Walk the hands backwards to the starting position while maintaining stability and balance.
- Wall Sit – Another simple workout that can be completed while waiting for the evening meal to cook. Slide your back down a wall until the thighs are parallel to the wall, the knees need to be directly above the ankle and the back needs to be straight up against the wall. Go for as long as possible until the legs turn to jelly.
We all know that smoking is poor for one’s health. We’re not experts on the matter but we do have some sites and information where you can find some ways to help you stop smoking.
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