At GB Training, we understand that health and wellbeing is important for our learners and our staff team. In our always-on digital era the way we order food, exercise and maintain health is changing. We know from worldwide studies that people are living longer, with this comes a greater increase of poor health and wellbeing. There are millions of people in the world eating the wrong sorts of food for good health. Eating a diet that is low in whole grains, fruit, nuts and seeds and fish oils and high in salt raises the risk of an early death, according to the huge and ongoing study ‘Global Burden of Disease.’

What’s changed?

All too often we are so consumed for time, we rely on smartphone apps to order a meal, complete the weekly food shop and care less for planning a healthy well-balanced diet. We are attracted to convenience foods and special offers which we believe are saving us time and money. Processed foods are usually high in salt and do little to sustain energy levels in comparison to a healthy balanced diet. Not only is the digital era changing the way we purchase foods, it is also impacting on the amount of exercise individuals take part in each day. Over the last ten years several studies have concluded that, as a society we are becoming an age of ‘sofa surfers’, who do little to maintain health and wellbeing because of our lack of exercise. In more recent studies, it has been found that only four in ten adults are walking continuously for ten minutes per month.

So, what can we do?

The issue that faces our society is that we must find a happy medium in our digital healthy lifestyles. In a review conducted by Public Health England (PHE) there is little time for exercise and physical activity with the rise in the sedentary lifestyles, find the experts. PHE thus has launched a “One You” physical activity campaign. This would encourage adults to incorporate 10 minutes continuous brisk walking in their day to improve their health. This is aimed at persons who lead a low activity lifestyle and are generally inactive. The ‘Active 10’ app has been developed to show how much brisk walking a person is doing each day and helps suggest how more exercise can be incorporated into the lifestyles of individuals. The Active 10 app came into being from the collaboration of PHE, The University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University and the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine. At least a single 10-minute brisk walk a day can help reduce the risk of early death by 15%, studies have shown. The recommendations suggest at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise each week. This 10-minute brisk walk can provide a significant contribution to that. It can reduce the risk of diabetes by 40%, risk of cardiovascular disease by 35%, risk of dementia by 30% and risk of cancers by 20%. Walking is one exercise that requires no skills or equipment or facilities and is thus most accessible and acceptable says the PHE. At present this lack of physical activity leads to at least one of the six deaths in the UK and is a direct contributor of over £0.9 billion per year in expenditure of the NHS, evidence shows.

Our top tips for eating better and moving more

· Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables · Eat a diet based on your levels of activity · Eat more fish · Eat less than 6g of salt per day · Cut down on saturated fats and sugar · Drink more water · Don’t skip breakfast · Plan your healthy eating and exercise regime · Get active and be healthy · Get off the bus a little earlier and walk the rest of the way   If you have any concerns about your lifestyle and want more information why not speak to a member of our Health and Social Care Team.