One You' - Let's pledge together and feel alright
To mark the start of National Healthy Workplace Week (23rd May) Gloucestershire County Council is encouraging workers around the county to make a pledge to change their lifestyles.
Tying in with Public Health England's (PHE) 'One You' campaign, staff at the county council are pledging to make small changes to their daily lifestyles which could have a long term benefit to their health.
Launched in March, the PHE's campaign aims to encourage adults, particular those in middle age, to take control of their 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.
Gloucestershire County Council is one of the biggest employers in the county, and is hoping local businesses and their employees will join in with National Healthy Workplace Week.
Sarah Scott, director of public health at Gloucestershire County Council, said: "We know that making changes can be difficult when you're working, but we want people to be thinking about changes they can make to improve their health in the long term.
"This pledge campaign isn't about signing up to run a marathon, or making massive changes. We're suggesting people make a pledge to move more, eat well and stress less.
"This can be as simple as walking to work or choosing a healthy option for lunch, but the benefits can be huge."
Cllr Andrew Gravells, cabinet member for public health at Gloucestershire County Council, said: "Our staff are leading by example, making a pledge to walk more, eat more fruit, take the stairs, cycle into work or even cut out sugar in their tea.
"I'm pledging to give the lift a miss and take the stairs every day and I want to see as many people as possible making their own pledges. There's only 'One You', so look after yourself!"
Cllr Lesley Williams, leader of the Labour group at Gloucestershire County Council, said: "This is a fantastic campaign about improving the quality of life and, in the spirit of this, I am pledging to cycle one hundred miles a week on my bike.
"This will be a big challenge, however I am confident that I will feel better and healthier because of it. I will also be encouraging my fellow councillors to make a positive change in their lives, and lead the way."
Cllr Iain Dobie, spokesperson for public health for the Liberal Democrat group at Gloucestershire County Council, said: "Simple lifestyle changes can really make a big difference to your health and wellbeing.
"I'm pledging to double the amount of time I spend walking my dog every week.
"This will improve my health, and my dog's, as well as reducing the amount of stress in my life."
For more information on Public Health England's 'One You' campaign, go to: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou