There’s only One You

Making better choices today can have a big impact on your health. The NHS and Public Health England Better Health 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.

Better Health 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.

For information on services and support available for a range of health and wellbeing issues see the North East and North Cumbria Making Every Contact Count site. You will find links to a range of groups, classes and organisations including Falls & Frailty, Finances, Health Diet & Weight, Mental Health and Smoking. There are also Self Help Guides produced by Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust www.cntw.nhs.uk/selfhelp. Titles cover a range of mental health issues.

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.

The NHS now has Digital Weight Management Programme. The NHS Digital Weight Management Programme supports adults living with obesity who also have a diagnosis of diabetes or hypertension or both, to manage their weight and improve their health. If you are living with obesity and  also have diabetes or high blood pressure, or both, you could benefit from the 12-week NHS Digital Weight Management Programme. You can access the programme through referral from your GP practice. 

The NHS Digital Weight Management Programme is a 12-week online behavioural and lifestyle programme. People can access it via a smartphone or computer with internet access. 

You can also access the Tier 2 Weight Management Programme where you can join a free programme for people living with obesity to remotely manage your weight.

If you or anyone you know have been affected by Eating Disorders there are a range of resources and self help guides. NHS Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear have produced Eating Disorders NHS Self Help Guide. The charity Beat Eating Disorders have produced Eating Disorders: a guide for friends and family and two fact sheets; Eating Disorders: know the first signs and an Eating Disorders Fact Sheet. For more information help and support see the Beat Eating Disorders charity webpage.

Small Steps to Feeling Good


Lockdown restrictions made it much harder for everyone to get about meaning lots of us are less active and less confident than before. The AgeUK site Getting back on your feet after lockdown has lots of helpful information on getting going again, how to motivate yourself and stay active.

Some exercise is better than none. See the NHS How Fit Today site for an easy to follow programme of exercises to help improve mobility, balance, strength and cardiovascular fitness. There are three different levels of exercises, so you can choose a level that suits your own level of fitness best.

Sign in to register with the Small Steps to Fitness Programme to track your progress.

Walking is good for you. Walking regularly can add years to life and life to years say researchers from St George’s University in London. See their 12 week walking programme guide and diary for how to get started.

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.

To find out more about the risk of falls and what to do about them have a look at Get Up & Go – a guide to staying steady developed by Saga, The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and Public Health England. You can also test yourself with the timed up and go test.

For more information on what physiotherapist’s have to offer older people have a look at Physiotherapy for Older People produced by AGILE

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 and services are there for you

  • Active 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.
    • Healthworks is a community health charity based in Newcastle who support people to live in good health. See their events calendar for what’s on near you.
    • News and events throughout Newcastle can also be found at InformationNow, the information website for people in Newcastle where you can find and share local services, events and helpful information. Visit the events and activities section to find out what’s going on near you and try new activities such as yoga, walking groups, meditation and much more.
  • Versus Arthritis
    • Online gentle movement and strengthening session in Gateshead & Newcastle. A free session for people with arthritis who live in Newcastle & Gateshead. The sessions aim to reduce painful symptoms, improves joint function and flexibility, reduces stiffness and increase range of movement. To register for a session contact Claire Boshier, C.Boshier@versusarthritis.org.uk
    • Lets Move with Leon.  A 12 week programme of 30 minute sessions that will improve strength, flexibility and cardiovascular fitness.