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Suffolk, How Are You?

Public Health Suffolk and NHS Ipswich and East Clinical Commissioning Group have launched a campaign focused on wellbeing and healthy weight. 

Suffolk How Are You? looks at improving wellbeing and maintaining a healthy weight through eating well, moving more and sleeping well. 

Residents are encouraged to complete the How Are You quiz, linked to the national ‘One You’ campaign, which assesses different aspects of a person’s lifestyle and helps to identify ways to improve emotional and physical wellbeing. 

We know that music can help to lift a person’s mood, as well as being a great running partner. For those who complete the How Are You? quiz, there is a prize draw to win 1 year’s subscription to Spotify. The prize draw is open until 10th March 2020. 

Throughout the campaign there will be lots of exciting opportunities to take part in various activities linked to moving more, eating well and sleeping better. 

Those who take part in Active Suffolk’s This Girl Can, Health Walks, or RED January could be in with a chance of winning a Fitbit. We are also inviting people to send in their #5adaysuffolk photos via Twitter and Instagram. Be sure to tag @SCCPublicHealth or @OneLifeSuffolk in your posts to be in with a chance of winning a cookbook. There is also a place up for grabs on a 1-hour workshop on sleeping well with Suffolk Mind. Visit www.suffolkhowareyou.co.uk for further details of the competitions. 

Coming up in November, there will be three exciting light displays which will take place in Stowmarket, Ipswich and Felixstowe at their Christmas lights switch-on events – don’t miss it! 

Cllr James Reeder, Suffolk County Council Cabinet Member for Public Health and Prevention, said: “We know that eating well and exercising regularly can have a positive impact on our weight, but it can also improve our mood and wellbeing. 

“Try the activities highlighted in the campaign to move more, eat well and sleep better and see the difference that incorporating them into your daily routine will make - just walking for 10 minutes a day is a free and simple way to increase physical activity and it can have a great impact on your emotional and physical wellbeing.”

Dr Juno Jesuthasan, a GP in Ipswich and self-care lead for NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “I am very pleased that we have developed a local version of the nationally successful One You campaign. This will hopefully encourage and inspire people in the county to embrace the opportunity to improve their mental and physical health.

“There are so many activities, support groups and clubs in Suffolk that people can link-up to so that they can eat better, take more exercise and live a longer, happier and healthier life.
“I know that many of the patients I see will benefit from this great resource.”

The campaign also offers support and advice about stopping smoking and reducing alcohol intake to support emotional wellbeing and maintain a healthy weight. 

Visit https://onelifesuffolk.co.uk/suffolkhowareyou/  to complete the How Are You? quiz. 


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