Self-care is part of daily living and means taking responsibility for your own health and wellbeing and that of your family, friends and community.

You can help yourself to stay healthy by having an awareness of your general health and taking steps to reduce the risk of developing problems in the future.

Without knowing it, by the time we reach our 40s and 50s many of us will have dramatically increased our chances of becoming ill later in life. 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 add up to an unhealthy you.

Making better choices today can have a huge influence on our health, and could prevent diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cancer and heart disease, and reduce our risk of suffering a stroke or living with dementia, disability and frailty in later life.

One You is here to help you get back to a healthier you, supporting you to make simple changes towards a longer and happier life. One You provides tools, support and encouragement every step of the way, to help improve your health right away. You are not alone - One You can help you make small changes yourself, or with friends and family.

Take the free One You How Are You? quiz to see how you score and start the fight back to a healthier you.

NHS Health Check

If you're aged 40-74 without a pre-existing condition, ask your GP about the NHS Health Check, a free five-yearly mid-life MOT to identify those at risk of serious, but potentially avoidable, conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and certain types of dementia.

Local support and services

British Heart Foundation

You can find your local heart support group here or call the Heart Helpline on 0300 330 3311.

North Yorkshire County Council Living Well team

As part of our wider prevention programme, we have invested in a new Living Well team. The living well coordinators will work with individuals (and their carers) who are on the cusp of becoming regular users of health and social care services by helping them access their local community and supporting them find their own solutions to their health and wellbeing goals. The role will help to reduce loneliness and isolation and help to prevent or resolve issues for people before they become a crisis. The Living Well team is currently accepting referrals from individuals who are referred through our customer service centre. You can contact the customer service centre here.

Additional information from NHS Choices

See the NHS Choices pages below for more information on self-care:

Other useful sources of information

  • Self Management UK - self-management programmes for long-term conditions
  • Angina: Anginaplan.org.uk - a self-management plan for people with stable chronic angina
  • Arthritis: Arthritis Care UK - self-management information
  • Asthma: Asthma UK - living with asthma
  • Diabetes: DAFNE - a skills-based education programme in which people with type 1 diabetes learn how to adjust insulin to suit their free choice of food
  • Healthtalkonline lets you share in more than 2,000 people's experiences of over 60 health-related conditions and illnesses. You can watch or listen to videos of the interviews, read about people's experiences and find reliable information about conditions, treatment choices and support