Cheshire East launches ‘One You’ service to help boost residents’ health

Mark Palethorpe - Councillor Paul Bates and Jane Branson (Public Health Commissioning Manager)

Lifestyle and health advice services in the borough have been brought together under one support system – known as 'One You' Cheshire East.

The integrated system aims to improve residents' health, tackle health inequalities and reduce the load on the council and NHS.

It will focus on early intervention to help residents avoid future ill-health by supporting them to drink less alcohol, eat well, lose weight, move more and be smoke free.

Help and advice will be provided in a range of ways, including a dedicated website and lifestyle support staff.

Councillor Paul Bates, cabinet member for communities and health at Cheshire East Council, said: "Our vision is to provide support to enable residents to live well for longer by helping them to address the factors that affect their health and wellbeing earlier and through preventative behaviour change.

"By bringing the help and support under one umbrella, it will make it easier and quicker for our residents to access information and improve their health, as well as increase cost-effectiveness."

'One You' is one of the largest Public Health England campaigns and encourages adults 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 alcohol than is recommended, continuing to smoke and not being active enough – are responsible for around 40 per cent of all deaths in England and cost the NHS more than £11 billion a year.

The stakeholder launch of 'One You Cheshire East', which Peaks and Plains has been commissioned to deliver, took place today and the public launch is scheduled for mid-January.

Residents will be able to access the services via self-referral and referrals from a health or social care professional.

Mark Palethorpe, strategic director of adult social care and health at Cheshire East Council, said: "This integrated support system will help people to make lifestyle changes that can make a huge difference to their health both now and in the future.

"By being able to tailor the support given to residents, it will ensure they get the right help and advice in a way that works best for them."

The One You Cheshire East website can be found at:

Cheshire East Council


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Terry Roeves
Thursday 1st December 2016 at 6:27 pm
NICE report today quotation herewith..

"Being exposed to short-term and long-term air pollution caused by human activities can have a significant health impact, with harmful emissions and the environmental risks associated with pollution linked to around 25,000 deaths a year in England.

Road traffic causes more than 64% of air pollution in urban areas. Air pollution and its health impact also costs the UK up to £18.6 billion a year."

CEC and Stockport/GMC must get together and target pollution reduction
across North East Cheshire. See for map of building sites for 14,000+ houses. Scary. They should stop all planning for large sites until they assure us that they won't be killing us.

CEC want us to help ourselves, but what will they do about air pollution along A34 corridor? Nothing so far.

Finally, that photograph!
Friday 2nd December 2016 at 1:19 pm
It is obviously beneficial to improve lifestyle, but the spin in this article stretches credulity. For a start, if it was an integrated system for all, why has Cheshire East chosen this to be delivered by a "Housing Association"? - in other words this is, in reality, not "for all", but targeted intervention in areas of affordable housing. Nothing wrong with that, - just say so. Secondly, take a look at the website. There is a quiz. The first thing it wants is your name and address - you cannot get beyond the first page without it. It this quiz was genuinely, "for all", it would be an anonymous one and then at the end of it it would offer guidance on where you could seek help and advice, with a personal messaging system if necessary.