Making better choices today can have a big impact on your health. The NHS and Public Health England Better Health campaign can help you get healthier and feel better.
Everyday habits and behaviours – such as eating too much unhealthy food, drinking more alcohol than is recommended, continuing to smoke and not being active enough – are responsible for around 40% of all deaths in England, and cost the NHS more than £11 billion a year.
Better Health encourages people to reappraise their lifestyle choices, put themselves first and do something about their own health. It’s never too late to improve your health – making small lifestyle changes such as eating well, drinking less alcohol, quitting smoking or being more active can double your chances of being healthy at 70 and beyond.
See the One You site for a range of Apps that can help you on your way.
For information on services and support available for a range of health and wellbeing issues see the North East and North Cumbria Making Every Contact Count site. You will find links to a range of groups, classes and organisations including Falls & Frailty, Finances, Health Diet & Weight, Mental Health and Smoking. There are also Self Help Guides produced by Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust www.cntw.nhs.uk/selfhelp. Titles cover a range of mental health issues.
Interested in Mindfulness? See An Introduction to Mindfulness on the Newcastle Hospitals YouTube Channel. Developed by clinicians from the Pain Management Team at Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Tracks include Mindful Breathing, Body Scanning, Meditation, Values and Self-Kindness.
Are you feeling low? Struggling to cope with the aches and pains of everyday life? Are you worried about your future mobility? Are these worries keeping you from sleeping? NHS Newcastle talking therapies can help you get back on track and learn to manage these feelings better. They provide free wellbeing support to anyone over the age of 16, registered t a GP in Newcastle and experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties. It’s Free and confidential. Self refer using NHS Newcastle Talking Therapies.
The NHS now has Digital Weight Management Programme. The NHS Digital Weight Management Programme supports adults living with obesity who also havea diagnosis of diabetes or hypertension or both, to manage their weight and improve their health. If you are living with obesity and also have diabetes or high blood pressure, or both, you could benefit from the 12-week NHS Digital Weight Management Programme. You can access the programme through referral from your GP practice.
The NHS Digital Weight Management Programme is a 12-week online behavioural and lifestyle programme. People can access it via a smartphone or computer with internet access.
Walking is good for you. Walking regularly can add years to life and life to years say researchers from St George’s University in London. See their 12 week walking programme guide and diary for how to get started.
Never Too Late
Strengthening your muscles as you age will improve your mood, help your sleeping patterns and bring benefits for your overall health and wellbeing.
Getting started is easy, try out these strength and balance exercises from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. Get on your feet and do them daily – or at least twice a week!
There’s an underlying myth that falls are an inevitable part of getting old. The surprising truth is our risk of a fall decreases with one thing – exercise.
Here are six simple exercises used by physiotherapists to keep muscles strong and keep us mobile and independent as we age. Try out heel raises, toe raises, heel toe stand, one leg stand, heel toe walking, and sit to stand exercises.
Age UK ActivAge leisure and exercise activities for over 50s including walks, Tai Chi, Line Dancing, Chair Exercises and Pilates.
Healthworks is a community health charity based in Newcastle who support people to live in good health. See their events calendar for what’s on near you.
News and events throughout Newcastle can also be found at InformationNow, the information website for people in Newcastle where you can find and share local services, events and helpful information. Visit the events and activities section to find out what’s going on near you and try new activities such as yoga, walking groups, meditation and much more.
Newcastle City Council Cost of Living Support Information
When you’re managing a health condition, being active is about finding what works for you. This can include ways to move that many people don’t realise count. The Ways to Move site will help you find ways to move that might suit you depending on how you’re feeling, where or how you like to move, and more.
We love their 5 in 5 approach to help you get moving. ‘Five in Five is a completely customisable mini-workout to help you move in whatever way works for you. Doing Five in Five is simple: choose 5 exercises from the activity library and do each one for 1 minute, adding up to a 5 minute mini-workout.’
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