The MoreLife Integrated Healthy Lifestyle Service (IHLS) aims to provide interventions which support individuals to modify the five leading risk factors that contribute to early death and reduced quality of life, namely: tobacco smoking, high blood pressure, obesity, physical inactivity, and alcohol use.
This is achieved by the provision of a high quality IHLS that embeds prevention and reduces health inequalities.
The services we offer include:
ADULT WEIGHT MANAGEMENT
CHILD, YOUNG PEOPLE & FAMILY WEIGHT MANAGEMENT
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY & ACTIVE WELLBEING PROGRAMMES INCLUDING HEALTH WALKS
STOP SMOKING SERVICES
NHS HEALTH CHECKS
TRAINING INCLUDING MECC
MoreLife deliver a range of integrated healthy lifestyle services to support people with behaviour change, moving seamlessly through appropriate interventions, maintenance and support to achieve long term lifestyle change. The MoreLife IHLS offer allows people to access multiple services through a single point of access using their preferred method of contact; online, via email, over the phone and through their GP or other professional referral, as well as self-referral.
This means that someone can contact us for support with a lifestyle behaviour change, for example to quit smoking, they can access the stop smoking service, then our local weight management programme to lose weight before accessing a service to help increase their activity levels through the same point of contact.
This makes it easy for local residents to find a service which is right for them without feeling like they have to keep contacting the service each time.
See below for our OneLife Suffolk Annual Report which highlights the success this integrated healthy lifestyle programme has achieved:
The five leading risk factors for both sexes that contribute to early death and reduced quality of life in the UK are:
- Tobacco smoking;
- High blood pressure;
- Physical inactivity and low physical activity; and
- Alcohol use.
Chronic diseases are the leading causes of death in the UK, with approximately 160,000 deaths from cardiovascular disease in the UK each year. It has been estimated that up to 80% of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes and one third of cancers could be prevented by removing common risks factors such as smoking, poor diet, physical inactivity and excess alcohol consumption.
Frequently the top four identified lifestyle risk factors co-occur and a significant proportion of the population will have three or more risk factors, highlighting the necessity to coordinate approaches to tackle these behaviours together and treat individuals holistically in order to maximise health outcomes and reduce morbidity and mortality.
It is also essential that people are able to maintain behaviour change in the longer term to benefit not only their health but also their quality of life; this can be achieved through self-management, improved health literacy and confidence, as well as signposting to local opportunities.
Our Integrated Healthy Lifestyles Service work has been reviewed and supported in the Kings Fund Report Tackling multiple unhealthy risk factors (2018).