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Take Five to Age Well: Empowering the UK towards longer, healthier lives

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Posted 1st September 2023

In September, The Open University is running a free, UK-wide public health campaign: Take Five to Age Well. Taking place during the UN’s Decade of Healthy Ageing, the campaign will invite people to join a community making small daily changes for better ageing across 5 categories: Eat, Drink, Move, Connect, and Engage and Think. People sign up online and commit to 30 days of healthy ageing habits that will boost their health and wellbeing now and into the future.

All content is evidence-based and expert-led, helping to bring a lasting positive impact. We will offer people various support channels including regular emails and a coaching app, informed by behavioural change techniques. This is open to everyone – ageing well research suggests “the sooner the better but never too late” to adopt these habits. 

If useful the full engagement toolkit is here



Take Five to Age Well offers five steps to boost your health and well-being. Launching 1 September, the campaign invites you to join a UK-wide community making small daily changes for better ageing. We are asking you to choose and keep up the healthy change(s) for one month, pledging your commitment to ageing well.
We’ll support you to turn those changes into a habit for long-term health and wellbeing.

Why pledge?

Everyone wants more time on Earth in good health and the science indicates almost all of us, regardless of our genes, can systematically do things to boost our ‘healthspan’ – to retain our physical and mental faculties for as long as possible. You don’t have a choice whether you age or not but you do have a choice about how you age. There are simple habits that can help you keep strong, sharp, independent, and feeling good; Take Five to Age Well will empower you to adopt these habits over a month long period.

There are 5 areas where you can choose new habits:

Eat: healthy eating can boost our longevity

Drink: stay well hydrated for healthy ageing

Move: exercise boosts body and mind

Connect and Engage: make and maintain social connections for your health

Think: use your brain to stay sharp

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