Hertfordshire residents encouraged to take health quiz

PUBLISHED: 16:11 08 March 2016 | UPDATED: 16:47 08 March 2016

Teresa Heritage, Fiona Hill, Piers Simey and Jim McManus launch 'How Are You?' quiz

Teresa Heritage, Fiona Hill, Piers Simey and Jim McManus launch 'How Are You?' quiz

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Hertfordshire County Council has encouraged residents to take a quiz to find out how healthy they are.

The One You ‘How Are You’ quiz is part of a new Public Health England campaign to get people healthier and happier.

The online quiz is designed to help residents find out the simple changes they need to make to improve their health. Everyone who takes the quiz will receive a personalised plan, including useful tools and support.

Hertfordshire County Council’s cabinet member for public health, localism and libraries, Teresa Heritage, said: “Whether we are eating the wrong things, drinking more than we should, continuing to smoke despite everything we know, or just not being active enough, all of these small things can have an impact on how we feel every day.

“This quiz is a great way to give us that kick-start we need to start making small changes and enjoy the benefits – more energy, a healthy weight and generally feeling happier in ourselves. There’s only one you – it’s never too late to start taking care of that person!

“I took the quiz and scored seven, which is about what I expected. My role as a Councillor does not enable me to take as much exercise as I would like, so I’ll be checking out the Couch to 5k app to get some ideas. The quiz was quite good fun as it made me think about my lifestyle.”

The council’s director of public health, Jim McManus, said: “I scored nine, which I was chuffed with, but only because I’ve been working hard at improving my health. The survey really made me think and I got some great stuff out of it.”

Making better choices today could prevent conditions like type two diabetes, cancer and heart disease, and reduce the risk of suffering a stroke or living with dementia, disability and frailty in later life.

To take the quiz and find out more about the support available in Hertfordshire, visit http://www.hertsdirect.org/services/healthsoc/healthherts/oneyou/

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