There’s only One You

Making better choices today can have a big impact on your health. The NHS and Public Health England One You campaign can help you get healthier and feel better.

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% of all deaths in England, and cost the NHS more than £11 billion a year.

One You encourages people to reappraise their lifestyle choices, put themselves first and do something about their own health. It’s never too late to improve your health – making small lifestyle changes such as eating well, drinking less alcohol, quitting smoking or being more active can double your chances of being healthy at 70 and beyond.

Whether it’s moving more, eating more healthily or checking yourself – One You can help you make small, practical changes that fit in with your life.


Try the How Are You Quiz to point you in the right direction.


Get started with free tips, tools and support to help you:

See the One You site for a range of Apps that can help you on your way.


Interested in Mindfulness? See An Introduction to Mindfulness on the Newcastle Hospitals YouTube Channel. Developed by clinicians from the Pain Management Team at Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Tracks include Mindful Breathing, Body Scanning, Meditation, Values and Self-Kindness.

There are a range of services that offer support for mental health in Gateshead. See Mental Health Support in Gateshead for links to each service.

Never Too Late

Strengthening your muscles as you age will improve your mood, help your sleeping patterns and bring benefits for your overall health and wellbeing.

Getting started is easy, try out these strength and balance exercises from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. Get on your feet and do them daily – or at least twice a week!

If you prefer you can download the strength and balance exercises in leaflet format here Never Too Late to Exercise Leaflet

There’s an underlying myth that falls are an inevitable part of getting old.  The surprising truth is our risk of a fall decreases with one thing – exercise.

Here are six simple exercises used by physiotherapists to keep muscles strong and keep us mobile and independent as we age. Try out heel raises, toe raises, heel toe stand, one leg stand, heel toe walking, and sit to stand exercises.


Exercise and Osteoporosis

The Royal Osteoporosis Society provide a range of resources to help you understand and manage your condition. Register with the site to receive an e-mail with all the useful links.

Here are a few of the resources related to exercise.

Royal Osteoporosis Society – About Exercise

Royal Osteoporosis Society – Before and After Exercise

Royal Osteoporosis Society – Exercises to promote bone and muscle strength

Royal Osteoporosis Society – Exercises to improve balance and muscle strength

Royal Osteoporosis Society – Exercises for back pain after spinal fractures

Royal Osteoporosis Society – Exercises to help with posture

Royal Osteoporosis Society – Moving and lifting safely

Royal Osteoporosis Society – Bending forward with osteoporosis

Royal Osteoporosis Society – Pilates exercises modifications with osteoporosis

See what local activities are there for you

  • Our Gateshead
    • Gateshead’s Community Website containing new, events and regular activities from organisations working in Gateshead.
    • One You Gateshead aims to encourage adults to take control of their health to enjoy significant benefits now and in later life. Like their Facebook page for regular updates
    • Go Gateshead Your link to all the fitness class, leisure facilities, sports activities and swimming in Gateshead.
    • Gateshead Older People’s Assembly offer opportunities for  Gateshead residents aged 50+ to maintain their independence and improve their mental and physical health.
    • New in Gateshead for over 50s in December Dancercise & Strength and Balance classes.
    • The Life Programme deliver Exercise Programmes In Gateshead for 50+ for those looking to improve fitness and wellbeing.
    • Would you like to improve your balance? Staying Steady can help.
    • Age UK  ActivAge leisure and exercise activities for over 50s including walks, Tai Chi, Line Dancing, Chair Exercises and Pilates.
    • Move Easy: Gentle exercise, education and relaxation class. Friendly, welcoming atmosphere. Low Fell. Contact Email: j.mclardy@nhs.net
  • Active Newcastle
    • News and events throughout Newcastle.
    • Active Newcastle aims to lead you to an active way of life. Have a look at Active Newcastle’s 3 Step Guide to help get you started.