I’m finishing my chicken for protein, mummy – JD, 5
Years ago, I used to go to the gym every other day. I swam, I cycled, I weight trained – I was fit! Then child number one came along, then child number two, and now, while my diet is still good, I know I’m not as active as I should be, and certainly not as active as I’d like to be.
This week, I’ve been taking a look round a new website from Bupa – it’s all about the importance of looking after yourself, and the apps on the site are designed to help you ‘find healthy’.
Finding health with Bupa
Just click on the app that appeals to you and you’ll be whizzed through to a simple assessment process, consisting of a questionnaire, report and personalised recommendations.
Other buttons take you through to comprehensive knowledge base, telling you everything you need to know about that area of your health.
Trying it out for myself
Looking through the choice of Bupa apps, it’s clear that the site has been designed to be really comprehensive.
It’s not always easy to face questions about your health head on, but I do want to be around for my family for a long time, so I signed up (a straightforward, single form process) and tried out the Bowel Cancer Assessment.
There were fewer than 10 questions, all multiple choice and straightforward to answer. At the end, I was given a result which expressed my risk of bowel cancer as a percentage, split into ‘Risk you cannot change’ and ‘Risk due to lifestyle’. I could then use a drop down to see how that risk would change throughout my life and finally, there were a set of recommendations as to what I could do to reduce my risk.
Luckily, as a non-smoker with a good diet, it turns out that I’m very low risk, with the results stating, ‘You have no known lifestyle habits that increase your risk of colorectal cancer’. That’s a relief, but it’s also helped boost my motivation to continue to eat healthily and ensure my children continue to do so too – the importance to our health is right there in black and white.
I’m now working my way through the other tools – it’s scary, but if there are things I could do to improve my family’s health further, I’m incredibly keen to do so.
If you want to try the new Bupa site for yourself, visit the Bupa ‘find healthy’ website.
Images via BUPA. This is a commissioned post for BUPA.