Ready for a new you?

Eating well, moving more, drinking less and quitting smoking are common resolutions this new year.

Oldham Council is once again providing a helping hand to residents, supporting them to achieve their resolutions with our annual New Year, New You campaign #NYNU17.

We’re asking residents to show us their “healthy selfies”. We want to see wintery walks in the park, tasty healthy meals, fruity smoothies and most importantly people enjoying time with their loved ones. Each week one lucky winner will receive a seven day pass from Oldham Community Leisure to use at any of their six centres. At the end of the month, our favourite healthy selfie can keep moving with a year’s pass for OCL. For entry details visit

In support of Public Health England’s One You campaign, throughout January we will be giving local people handy tips to help them feel fantastic.

And we’re launching our own move more website - Get Oldham Active, a dedicated resource to help even the most inactive residents move more. It helps residents to find the exercise that’s right for them

There’s also the new Change4life Sugar Smart app which helps families to make small swaps to cut sugar and fat from their everyday snacks, drinks and meals.

You can also look at your food. How about going from cheese to reduced fat cheese; sugary cereal to plain cereal; whole milk to semi-skimmed; and butter to lower fat butter or spreads?

Want to give up smoking? Just think, you could make the cost of next Christmas a whole lot easier thanks to the money you’ll have saved while also feeling healthier. For help quitting call 0800 288 9008.

We’re encouraging residents to give their heart a little love. Free NHS health checks are available to anyone between 40 and 74, just ask your doctor for an appointment. Your blood pressure, weight and cholesterol will be measured to give you a heart age and you’ll be given some simple hints and tips on how to reduce it and stay healthy.

Mental wellbeing is also key to living a happy and healthy life, and Oldham Council provides a range of services to help with this.

Oldham Lifelong Learning Service has a range of courses that will help you learn new skills, gain qualifications and develop your career.

There’s a world of drama, poetry and storytelling as well as lunchtime talks and family activities at Oldham Library and Gallery Oldham has four main exhibition spaces to explore.

Councillor Eddie Moores, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “It’s great to start the year with a resolution.

“By making a few small changes like swapping sugary drinks, cereal and cheese to healthier options, you can make a big difference to your health and wellbeing.

“We want residents to eat healthily, be physically active and have a healthy weight, and we’re hoping people will jump on board and take part in this campaign.”

Alan Higgins, Oldham’s Director of Public Health, said: “Many people make a commitment to be healthy at this time of year but often they need some support to continue with their journey. We are here to help.”

“These services will help residents make changes that can be difficult to do but they will make a difference to their health and how they feel about themselves.”

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