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Lifestyle matters

Experts estimate that more than 4 in 10 cancer cases could be prevented by lifestyle changes which include not smoking, keeping a healthy bodyweight, cutting back on alcohol, eating a healthy balanced diet and keeping active.

These same lifestyle changes help lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, control your weight, reduce your risk of a heart attack or a stroke, getting type 2 diabetes or getting dementia, help improve breathing in asthma and COPD, reduce stress and generally make you feel better about yourself.

Try to find ways of getting into healthy habits such as the whole family eating healthier foods, being active and/or stopping smoking with a friend.

Everything we do affects our physical, emotional and mental health and wellbeing.                                                                           

In these Lifestyle Matters pages, you will find links to healthier recipes, how to lose weight, free GP referral to Weight Watchers, the Get Active Exercise GP referral scheme, how to Quit smoking with help from Quit4Life or Quit51 for free and free help to stop drinking alcohol or taking illegal drugs.

Life is not always easy so there are also contacts for young people from the age of 11 upwards and adults who are vulnerable and homeless which makes it much more difficult to make a “lifestyle choice” to stop smoking or stop drinking.

There are many useful Apps, downloadable for free, that can help you take charge of your wellbeing without impacting on a busy and demanding lifestyle.

There is free help out there. Use it.

Click on the links in the menu on the left, or below, for more information, tips and support for a healthier and more rewarding lifestyle.

Remember, Your Lifestyle Matters!


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