Advice for Adults on how to keep active
Public Health England has issued advice to help older adults stay active during the current situation.
The ‘Active at Home’ booklet has been produced to provide practical guidance to older adults on home-based activities to maintain their strength and balance during the coronavirus pandemic. It is aimed primarily at older adults for use by local authorities and others who support them. You can download a copy of the booklet here.
Please remember to keep hydrated, particularly in warm weather. Adults should aim to drink at least 8 glasses of water every day.
Eat less and move more
Better Health is a ground-breaking new adult health campaign that provides an opportunity for the nation to reset and introduce healthy changes. For many, the past few months have been a wake-upcall, with people realising how precious their health is and recognising that it is time to get back on track.
• Nearly two thirds of adults in the UK are overweight or living with obesity
• Most people gain weight gradually over a long period of time and modern life doesn’t always make it easy
• Extra weight causes pressure to build up around our vital organs making it more difficult for the lungs to get oxygen around the body
• Extra weight can make it harder for us to fight against diseases like cancer, heart disease and COVID19
• People living with obesity are twice as likely to be hospitalised with COVID-19
• COVID-19 patients with obesity are more likely to be admitted to intensive care, require advanced treatment and potentially have poorer outcomes, including mortality
• To be a healthy weight, you should aim to have a BMI below 25 and above 18.5. NICE recommends that Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups (BAME) should aim to have a BMI below 23 and above 18.5 to reduce risk to health
• Lowering your BMI helps lower your risk of diseases like cancer, heart disease and now COVID-19
• Public Health England has launched the Better Health campaign to support people to live healthier lives. Better Health has a range of tools to help you make changes to improve your health, including the new 12 Week Weight Loss Plan app, to support people on their weight loss journey
• For help and support to lose weight, visit nhs.uk/BetterHealth