Health Pledge Blog

Life with Covid-19

All of us will have had our lives disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic. No matter if we are still working or if we are used to being at home all day, things have changed dramatically and many of us are finding it hard to adapt to the changes.

Health Pledge engages with the local health bodies

After we talked to Angela Hardman (Head of Public Health Tameside) and Councillor Jim Fitzpatrick at the beginning of the year, we have followed that up with a meeting with the project team. We were hoping to get the councillors to make a pledge but apparently activity is suspended because of the general election so that will have to wait!

We may be able to join in with some of the Public Health department initiatives perhaps their "Every contact counts scheme" which is designed to support citizens in many ways.

We'll continue the discussions...

Brownies make a Health Pledge

One of the local Brownie packs was supporting the girls through their "Healthy Heart" badge. We were able to go along & talk about how important it is to keep healthy and look after your heart. There was a great discussion and then all the brownies made Health Pledges. Fox, Mummy Fox, Squirrel and Swan joined in too!

They are going to check progress every week as part of the meetings. Brilliant

Health Pledge in the Clarendon Centre on Saturday 31st Jan

The Health Pledge Team are back at the Clarendon Centre in Hyde on Saturday the 31st of January.

They will be there to talk to shoppers about Health Pledge, show them the Health Pledges we have already received (187 so far) and hopefully inspire them to take small steps to improve their health.

We will be there from 9:30 to 16:00 and would love to see you there so why not come along?

More research in the news about increasing activity in small steps

The benefits of activity are well known but many people struggle to be active at all and see the official advice of two and a half  hours of activity a week as impossible to achieve. Unfortunately that official recommendation puts them off trying to be even a little bit more active in their daily lives. As seen in our previous blog article increasing activity for the inactive by even a small amount can bring a marked improvement in their health.

Study shows a small increase in activity has great benefits for the inactive

At Health Pledge our whole idea is based on taking small steps to improve health. Over the long term we are convinced that those small steps towards a healthier you will add up to big changes in your health.

A large study of over 300,000 people in Europe has highlighted that even a small increase in activity levels for the inactive can have a massive benefit long term. Adding a brisk walk of 20 minutes each day is enough to make a significant difference in an inactive person's health.

Health Pledge and 100 Days of Change

The Team are delighted that Health Pledge has been selected as an inspirational story for NHS Change Day's 100 Days of Change campaign. We hope that this will spread our message far and wide, inspiring more people to take small steps to improve their health. You can read their article here.

NHS Change Day is a fantastic campaign inspiring people within the NHS to pledge to do something to make a difference. 

Health Pledge Launch videos

Here are the videos recorded at the launch on Health Pledge in Hyde yesterday. Many thanks to all who came and helped, supported and the people of Hyde who took an interest. Let's hope it is the start of a journey to healthier lives for all of us.

The Mayor of Tameside's Health Pledge

Sir John Oldham’s Health Pledge