RCN praises campaign to improve midlife health of public
Nurses urged to help tackle smoking, excessive drinking, bad diets and lack of exercise
The RCN has praised a public health drive to tackle preventable diseases.
Public Health England’s One You campaign is based on research that shows a healthy lifestyle in midlife can double a person's chances of remaining well at age 70 and beyond.
The NHS spends more than £11 billion a year on treating illnesses caused by the effects of poor diet, inactivity, smoking and excessive alcohol intake.
The campaign aims to help people exercise more, drink less and not smoke. It includes an online health quiz, which uses people's answers to help give them personalised health advice. The resource also provides information on reducing stress and improving sleep.
Resources for NHS staff are also included, such as a list of conversation topics to use with patients.
RCN professional lead for public health Helen Donovan said: ‘Nursing staff play a crucial role in helping to improve people's health, as well as informing and encouraging them to adopt a healthier lifestyle.
‘All members of the profession have a role to play, from a district nurse who visits homes to a school or A&E nurse, and the campaign provides fantastic resources and information.
‘Only by acting now to improve people’s health before it is too late can we keep them healthy into old age, which is good for them and also good for an increasingly strained health and social care system.”
The campaign resources can be accessed here.