How Are you? No, Really ‘How Are You?’

I’ve always been a sucker for a quiz; you know the sort thing: 'Are you a Donny Osmond or a Michael Jackson fan?  What pet suits you best?  or even  Take part in this quiz and find out if you’re turning into your mother’. 

As a teenager reading Jackie magazine I would tick the boxes and then faithfully add up how many a)s b)s or c)s I got at the end. 

To be honest, it wasn’t so much getting the answer that I looked forward to as simply taking part in the quiz itself.

Well, the NHS has jumped on the bandwagon - and in a really good way. 

One You is a campaign motivated in part by the need to reduce the £11bn we spend each year treating avoidable illness and disease.  That alone makes doing the quiz worthwhile but then I read
Living healthily in midlife can double your chances of being healthy at 70 and beyond
And to be honest, having just downloaded the Drinks Tracker App, I’m not sure how healthily I am living in my  midlife - which made me want to do it even more.  So I took part in the quiz.


Over half (56%) of 40 to 60 year olds taking the ‘How Are You’ quiz said they were likely to change their lifestyle to improve their health because of the feedback it gave them.


And did I learn anything?


Well, apart from the fact I realised I still like doing quizzes, the NHS One You quiz told me I was doing pretty well on exercise and smoking (I do quite a bit of the former and none of the latter) but, I didn’t do quite so well on eating and drinking (while I eat fairly healthily I have a love of all things sweet) and as for for alcohol, see this post for further details.


I'm basically a seven out of 10 kind of person....


So, going back to the Jackie quizzes of the 1970s for a moment I’ll bet you’re wondering if I’ve turned into my mum yet?

Well, not quite, but I’m working on it.

My mum loved exercise, she never smoked, she loved her cakes and biscuits but, she very rarely drank alcohol.

NB Modern day life makes it hard for people to live healthily, with bigger portions for everything we eat, a desk-bound job or a long commute. One You gives people the chance to reappraise their lifestyle choices, puts ‘you' first and enables you to do something about your own health before it’s too late.