Health and Wellbeing

It’s important to take care of yourself and get the most from life.

Tips on eating

  • Too much sugar can lead to a build-up of harmful fat on the inside of our bodies that we can’t see. This fat can cause serious diseases, such as type 2 diabetes.
  • Our bodies are two thirds water so staying hydrated is essential for many of our basic functions like concentration, getting rid of toxins and keeping bowel movements healthy and regular.

Tips on exercise

  • Knowsley have fabulous facilities both in terms of our leisure centres and also our green spaces. There are a wide range of opportunities including cycling to swimming, yoga, team sports, and green gyms.
  • Active daily living is about ‘the things we normally do’, but just trying to do a bit more than you do now; it doesn’t mean you have to join a gym, it just means move more and more often.
  • Inactivity is the 4th largest cause of disease and disability in the UK. It directly contributes to one in six deaths which is the same number as smoking

 

Tips on stopping smoking

  • Half of all long-term smokers die from a smoking-related disease. Smoking causes around 90% of lung cancers and is also linked to cancer in other parts of the body, heart disease, lung disease and other serious conditions.
  • Knowsley Stop Smoking Service knows everyone is different and so offers a wide range of local FREE services to suit your lifestyle.
  • Stopping smoking is the single most beneficial thing you can do to improve your health. You can expect a longer life, increased energy levels, lower stress, improved fertility, heightened senses of taste and smell, better sex, better oral health and younger healthier looking skin!

 

Recommended alcohol intake

It is recommended that men and women should drink no more than 2-3 units per day and no more than 14 units a week, spread over 3 days or more. It is also recommended to have at least two alcohol free days a week.

Staying well this winter

Cold weather can put some people at increased risk of falling ill. Following advice from the NHS will help you stay well this winter:

  • Layer up

Wearing lots of thin layers will keep you warmer than one thick layer.

  • Stay warm at night

Use a hot water bottle or electric blanket, but never use them together.

  • Eat well
    Having at least one hot meal a day and regular hot drinks will help you keep warm.
  • Keep active
    If possible, get out and about. If the weather is bad or you aren’t very mobile, ensure you don’t stay sitting down for more than an hour at a time or try chair exercises.
  • Heat your home
    If you’re over 65, aren’t very mobile, have a health condition, or live with very young children, keep the temperature of your home at 18 degrees. If you’re on Universal Credit, you could get help with heating costs.
  • Be prepared
    Make sure your cupboards are filled up with essentials and that you’ve got a stocks of any medicine you may need.
  • Ask about the flu vaccine
    Check to see if you can get the flu vaccine for free on the NHS.

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