About #1change

Improving our health and wellbeing through lifestyle medicine starts with #1change.

The way we lead our lives (lifestyle) contributes to around 70 per cent of long-term illnesses.

By changing how we live – even just one change at a time – we can start to improve our health and wellbeing. And we can also help to protect our precious NHS by reducing pressure on already limited resources.

Our #1change campaign is about nudging and coaxing changes in our behaviour, using safe and tested lifestyle interventions, for the longer term good of our health.

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Using the TBC Approach

Here’s one way you can do this … by using the TBC approach

Trigger – Choose something you commonly do daily e.g. brush teeth

Behaviour – Think of something you want to change – e.g. do push-ups. Start with one just to establish the habit. Every time you brush your teeth, do a push-up!

Celebrate – pat yourself on your back every time you “brush and push”, and share your success with your friends.

Find out more about our campaign to think big by starting small …


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Our top #1change tips

Start with just one new behaviour at a time.

Once you’ve been doing it for a month or more, try another.

#1change campaign supporters from BSLM on Vimeo.

Dorothy Keith of The Warblers of East Lothian:

“On the last day of Pulmonary Rehab you do a walking test. I was absolutely disgusted with myself when I only managed 2.5 minutes when I had to stop as I was so breathless. However, when returning for my annual check up I did 10 minutes talking to the physiotherapist the whole time.”

“I put that down mainly to the singing. It does you good and really helps with your breathing. We do exercises to change breathing habits and increase the length of the exhale, and are often amazed at what we can achieve!”