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Healthy Choices

Helping you take control of your health and wellbeing

Below is some advice to help you achieve a healthy body and mind.

The main things to consider are to :

  • Eat well
  • Be active
  • Manage your weight
  • Drink less alcohol
  • Give up smoking
  • Your Mental wellbeing

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Eat well-Make the best food choices

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health, and can help you feel your best.

This means eating a wide variety of foods in the right proportions, and consuming the right amount of food and drink to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.

Our top tips are to:

  • Get your 5 A Day
  • Make healthy swaps
  • Enjoy your food but eat less
  • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables. 
  • Eat more fibre and whole grains.
  • Learn what is in foods and cut down on saturated fat and salt
  • Cut back on some foods.

For more tips visit The NHS Eatwell Guide

Be Active-Move More

Regular exercise has many long-term health benefits.

Walking is simple, free, and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier. We are supporting 'GET WALKING HAMPSHIRE' a campaign to get people walking more.

We are lucky as we live in a beautiful area which is great for walking. You could go for a walk along the beach, cliff top, in the New Forest. Walking is also a great way to meet new people and for sighting wildlife.

You can make small changes to increase the amount you walk: take stairs instead of lifts, park as far away as possible from the supermarket entrance, walk to the shops or work, get off the bus a stop early!

If you walk for 30 minutes a day for 5 days of the week you will reach the target of 150 minutes of exercise per week. Recent studies have shown that only 6% of men and 4% of women meet this recommendation! Being inactive shortens lifespan by 3–5 years as it significantly increases the risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke and diabetes by 25–30%.

For more information visit 'GET WALKING HAMPSHIRE'

wfhFIND A LOCAL WALKING FOR HEALTH GROUP 

Jogging and cycling are great cheap ways to stay fit and active while having fun outdoors.

 

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Healthy Weight

Find out what your healthy weight is. Use this calculator to check your body mass index (BMI) and find out if you are a healthy weight.

Weight gain occurs when you regularly eat and drink more calories than you burn through normal bodily functions and physical activity.

To lose weight, you should try to cut down on how much you eat and drink and be more active.

If you need more support please book an appointment with you doctor who can help you.

Drink less alcohol

Regularly drinking more than you should risks damaging your health. Learn about the risks here

To keep health risks from alcohol to a low level if you drink most weeks:

  • men and women are advised not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis 
  • spread your drinking over three or more days if you regularly drink as much as 14 units a week
  • if you want to cut down, try to have several drink-free days each week

 

Give up Smoking

If you smoke your long term health will be affected.

We have the Quit4Life service at the practice every Wednesday afternoon. If you wish to stop smoking you can make an appointment by calling 0845 602 4663 or 01252 335120.

Mental wellbeing

Your mental health is as important as your physical health.

Evidence suggests there are five steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing. If you give them a try, you may feel happier, more positive and able to get the most from life



 
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