(CNN)People will need to take greater responsibility for their own health -- staying active, quitting smoking and limiting alcohol, sugar and fat -- to protect their health, the UK's Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said Monday as part of the government's "new 21st century focus on prevention."
How the UK plans to help its citizens live 5 years longer
The guidance comes as part of a new long-term vision for the UK's National Health Service (NHS), "Prevention is better than cure," which will make prevention programs an integral part of the National Health Service, building on the success seen in areas such as child obesity and smoking cessation.
"It's about people choosing to look after themselves better," said Hancock. "It's the difference between spending the last 20 years of your life fit and active, or in constant pain from a chronic condition."