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We wish to help you take control of your health so we have put together 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 well-being
For more information about how to look after yourself visit West Hampshire CCG looking after yourself advice
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:
For more tips visit The NHS Eatwell Guide
Be Active-Move More
Regular exercise has many long-term health benefits. Do you do the Recommended amount of exercise? NHS Physical activity guidelines for adults.
We are supporting 'GET WALKING HAMPSHIRE' a campaign to get people walking more. Walking is simple, free, and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier.
We are lucky as we live in a beautiful area which is great for walking. You could go for a walk along the beach or in the New Forest. 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%.
FIND A LOCAL WALKING GROUP
Jogging and cycling are also fun ways to stay fit and active while having fun outdoors. If you would like to more information about other local active options please read our leaflet:New Milton Health Centre: Exercise Options Locally For You
We are celebrating all the amazing ways you fit exercise into your life.
There’s no right way to get active – if it gets your heart rate up it counts. And we want more people to find what’s right for them.
This Girl Campaign Can has some very good tips and ideas to try.
Find out what your healthy weight is! Use this calculator to check your body mass index (BMI) to find out if you are a healthy size.
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. You can get useful advice from the NHS weight loss plan.
If you would like to join a local support group visit WW Weight Watchers. WW and Hampshire County Council are working together and delighted to invite residents of Hampshire to join for 12 weeks Free!
If you are underweight you can get support from helplines such as Beat Eating Disorders and you can always book an appointment to talk to a Doctor.
Drink Less Alcohol-Drink Responsibly
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 or visit the website www.quit4life.nhs.uk. You can also self-refer online via the website.
Quit4Life is recommending to smokers who are thinking about quitting in 2019 “Don’t quit alone, Quit with Quit4Life”.
“Smoking often begins in teenage years as a social activity with friends and then we see groups of workmates huddled together during a smoking break. Yet often when people try to quit they do it alone; you are four times more likely to succeed at giving up smoking if you get support from Quit4Life. Clients are amazed at how much it helps having the reassurance and encouragement of your own friendly Quit4Life adviser. You are not quitting alone.” Gail Stringer, Quit4Life
The service, provided by Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust and commissioned by Hampshire County Council, is also launching its newest approach to quitting – its vape shop adviser service. In the New Year, smokers who want to quit will be able to get expert advice and access to the vaping starter kit worth £25 from trained advisers in certain vape shops across Hampshire.
Quit4Life is a free NHS service, helping people in Hampshire who want to quit smoking. They offer one to one appointments at range of venues across Hampshire including community venues, GP surgeries, Pharmacies, Vape shops and telephone support if you are unable to attend face to face appointments.
For more information about stopping smoking please click here
Here our 10 self-help tips to stop smoking
Your mental health is as important as your physical health. We encourage people to talk about their mental health. If you would like to know where to start please read the guide on how to talk to your GP about your mental health.
Evidence suggests there are five steps we can all take to improve our mental well-being. If you give them a try, you may feel happier, more positive and able to get the most from life.
Local Counselling Services and Self-Help Support Information
Here are a few links to help MIND, 7 Cups of Tea & Counselling Directory.