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Healthy Living Advice

 
QUIT SMOKING

We encourage all our patients who smoke to stop smoking.

You can work through the stop-smoking programme as well as how nicotine replacement therapy is used with the support of a stop smoking clinic.

Further information is available from https://www.nhs.uk/smokefree or from our local pharmacies.

 

EAT A HEALTHY DIET

The best diet is one includes five portions of fruit and vegetables every day and reduces or cuts our completely sugar, alcohol and fat.

For more advice visit https://www.nhs.uk/livewell/healthy-eating


 
GET IMMUNISED

Child Immunisation
Immunisation prepares your child's body to fight disease. It is important for everyone to keep up his or her immunity. This protects your child and family and the wider community. Research shows that vaccines are the safest way of protecting your child's health.

Ask your Health Visitor for further information.

Further information is available from www.immunisation.nhs.uk

Flu and Pneumovax Vaccination
This vaccination is given annually commencing in October through to early the following year. It is recommended for the over 65s and anyone with other illnesses such as chronic bronchitis, asthma, heart disease, diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis as they are more likely to develop secondary infections. From September onwards do look out for information from Receptions on how to obtain your Flu vaccination. We also offer pneumovax in line with current NHS guidelines.

Further information is available from www.immunisation.nhs.uk/Vaccines/Flu

 

MODERATE ALCOHOL INTAKE

Alcohol is a drug which has the immediate effect of altering mood. Because drinking makes people feel relaxed, happy and even euphoric, many find it surprising to learn that alcohol is in fact a depressant.

Alcohol, even when consumed in moderation, has been linked to a wide range of ailments and diseases, such as increased risk of mouth, pharyngeal and oesophageal cancers (especially if combined with smoking), high blood pressure and gastrointestinal complications, such as gastritis, ulcers and liver disease. Of course, excessive alcohol can also have detrimental social and psychological consequences. Moderation and balance is the key.

Further information is available from www.alcoholconcern.org.uk

 

TAKE REGULAR EXERCISE

The best exercise for cardiovascular fitness is aerobic - any exercise that gets you breathing more deeply such as walking, running, swimming, cycling, dancing or using treadmills and rowing machines are recommended. Aim for 20 minutes 3 times every week.

Stretching and strengthening exercise can help to control weight and encourage blood flow. Regular exercise also helps to release the tension caused by stress and can give you more energy too.

Further information is available from www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness



 
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