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Healthy Living Advice

Tips for Healthy Living

DON'T SMOKE
Not smoking is the best way of living longer and staying healthy. Don't let your children start. Ask to speak to a Practice Nurse or Health Visitor who can help you.

DRINK LESS ALCOHOL
Excess alcohol is linked with higher rates of cancer and accidents. Try to drink sensibly - less than 21 units a week if you are a man, and less than 14 units a week if you are a woman (1 unit = 1/2 fl pint of beer or 1 glass of wine or 1 measure of spirits).

External Links

Alcohol Concern

EAT HEALTHILY
Try to reduce the amount of fats in your diet, especially the saturated fats found in meat, dairy produce, cakes, biscuits and chocolate. Try to eat less sugar and salt. Try to eat more fresh fruit, vegetables, fish and olive oil.

External Links

BBC Nutrition

NHS Choices - Healthy Eating 

Bandolier - is a website about the use of evidence in health, healthcare, and medicine

5 A Day - NHS Website on eating more fruit and veg. 

EXERCISE REGULARLY
Exercise helps you to relax and should be enjoyable. Your physical and mental well-being will improve.

Try to reduce weight if you are overweight already.

Health and Fitness from NHS Choices

LEARN TO RELAX
We all live with stress. Learn how to reduce it to tolerable levels and cope with it.

External Links

Stress Test BBC

BBC Stress Article

TAKE CARE IN THE SUN
Protect your skin by tanning slowly and sensibly. Skin cancer is becoming more common. Come and see us if you are worried about any skin changes.

TAKE CARE AT HOME AND AT WORK
Follow safety guidelines, drive safely and never drink and drive.

WOMEN
Have your cervical smear test when invited (3 - 5 yearly) and be breast aware: report any changes noticed in your breasts to the doctor.

External Links

NHS Choices Cervical Smears 



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