An ongoing success story
Couch to 5k was originally a concept invented in the US, many programmes support it, but the Public Health England one remains the most widely used. It is an innovative approach to build beginners into confident runners through a nine-week programme. Runners can also select from a range of celebrity voices, provided by the BBC.
Public Health England witnessed 1.2 million website visitors within the first month, with over 950,000 using the ‘How Are You?” tool and 77% completing the health quiz. There were over 5 million users across the different services – the first-month post-launch saw 114,000 users across the four apps, and the NHS even backed the scheme – but the success has not stopped there.
Over a year since the pandemic began, Public Health England has shared that Couch to 5k has passed 2.36 million users over the 18 months. The ongoing success of One You has led it to become an internationally drawn upon model.
The response to One You has been fantastic and we have been delighted to see such a positive reaction in the media, from our partners and from the public.
Kevin Fenton, Director of Health & Wellbeing, Public Health England