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Michael Mosley to be Honoured with Just One Thing Day on BBC TV and Radio

TV doctor Michael Mosley will be commemorated across BBC radio and TV with a special day dedicated to promoting well-being by encouraging presenters and audiences to do “just one thing” to improve their health.

The broadcaster and columnist, who passed away last month at the age of 67 after going missing on the Greek island of Symi, will be remembered with the Just One Thing Day on July 12. The event is named after his popular BBC Radio 4 podcast, where he shared health tips.

The day is inspired by Mosley’s philosophy of encouraging healthy habits by integrating easy routines or simple swaps into daily life to enhance health and well-being, according to the BBC.

BBC Radio 4 will spearhead the event, starting with the Today show, which will feature individuals who have transformed their lives based on Mosley’s advice.

Later, on Woman’s Hour, host Anita Rani will discuss the impact the TV doctor has had on her, focusing on the benefits of regular exercise.

The Food Programme will highlight past Just One Thing topics, from consuming oily fish to the advantages of turmeric, while Front Row will celebrate the calming effects of listening to music or playing an instrument.

Additionally, Radio 2’s Tina Daheley and 6 Music’s Craig Charles will each engage in an activity to boost their own well-being, and BBC Radio 1 will also observe the day.

Morning Live and The One Show, where Mosley was a frequent contributor, will also participate in honoring his legacy.

Mohit Bakaya, director of speech and controller of BBC Radio 4 and 4 Extra, expressed his views: “Michael’s broadcasting changed people’s lives. His Radio 4 podcast inspired so many to adopt small, everyday practices to improve their health and well-being. So we thought it would be fitting to dedicate a day to the impact he had and celebrate his legacy within broadcasting and beyond. He was a hugely well-liked and widely admired colleague, so it is no surprise that so many programmes across the BBC have been keen to support Just One Thing Day. I hope audiences will be similarly inspired to join us to do ‘Just One Thing’ in memory of Michael.”

Mosley is credited with popularizing the 5:2 diet, a form of intermittent fasting, through his book The Fast Diet. He often pushed his body to extreme lengths during his research into health and well-being.

Originally trained as a doctor in London, Mosley transitioned into media, becoming a presenter, documentary maker, author, and columnist. Throughout his career, he presented numerous science programmes and films, including the BBC series Trust Me, I’m A Doctor, which examined healthcare in Britain, and hosted the BBC Radio 4 podcast Just One Thing.

Just One Thing Day will take place across the BBC on Friday, July 12.

Source: BBC, Radio Times