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Everyone deserves to live a healthy life. If you’d like support and guidance on how to achieve your healthiest life, visit the NHS Live Well website where you’ll find lots of information and practical tips on hundreds of healthy living topics.

Find your local health servicesNHS Choices has all the information you need to find services in your area. This includes GPs dentists, pharmacies, chemists and local hospitals.

Mental health

Did you know that 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year? If you are experiencing mental health problems you are not alone, help is available and there are steps you can take to improve and maintain your mental wellbeing. 

The NHS has lots of resources and information online and has put together five steps to help improve your mental wellbeing. The mental health charity Mind also has lots of information about the causes, types and symptoms of mental health problems, as well as helpful suggestions for you to improve and maintain your mental wellbeing, whether you have a diagnosis of a mental health condition or not.

You can also find out what help and support is available to you locally by making an appointment with your GP.

Eating Well

Eating a healthy and well balanced diet provides you with the right nutrients you need to keep your body and mind strong. As well as helping you to manage your weight, eating healthily can help prevent a variety of diseases and health problems, and overall it will help you feel your best.

There are lots of ways you can ensure that what you eat day to day is healthy. From cutting down on sugar to eating more fruit and vegetables to eating the right amount of calories. For a simple, easy to understand introduction to healthy eating take a look at the NHS’ Eatwell Guide.

Cutting down on alcohol

We know that drinking too much alcohol can be detrimental to our health. Drinking less than 14 units per week is considered "low risk" rather than "safe" because there is no safe drinking level. The type of illnesses you can develop after 10 to 20 years of regularly drinking more than 14 units a week include some cancers, stroke, heart disease, liver disease, brain damage and damage to the nervous system.

The effects of alcohol on your health will depend on how much you drink. The less you drink, the lower the health risks. Alcohol Concern has lots of information and support on their website to help you tackle alcohol related health issues – why not start with their handy drinks calculator to check how much you are drinking each week?

If you're worried about your own or someone else's drinking, contact Drinkline on 0300 123 1110 for a free, confidential conversation (weekdays 9am – 8pm, weekends 11am – 4pm).

Stopping smoking

Smoking is bad for your health and stopping will reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease and stroke as well as save you money. If you want to stop smoking, there are plenty of steps you can take such as identifying when you are likely to have cravings and changing your routine. There are several different treatments are available from shops, pharmacies and on prescription to help you beat your addiction and reduce withdrawal symptoms. You can also access support by visiting your GP or by contacting your local NHS stop smoking service.

Drugs

If you are concerned about yours or somebody else’s substance abuse, the Frank website is a really good free resource. You will find information and advice about drug use, plus details how to access their confidential advice by phone, text, email or live chat.

Fitness

Exercise is such an important part of a healthy lifestyle. It can reduce your risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer by up to 50% and lower your risk of early death by up to 30%. Plus it boosts your mood, gives you more energy and can be a great way of socialising.

The NHS has an excellent couch to 5k plan for beginners to running, plus lots of advice on getting fit. There are four Fylde Coast YMCA leisure centres in Wyre with fitness activities for all ages and abilities. Take a look at the huge range of facilities, classes and programmes that are available on their website.

Dementia friendly Wyre  

Did you know that 850,000 people live with dementia in the UK? And if we don’t take action this number is predicted to rise to over two million by 2051?

Wyre Council has embraced the Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends campaign, the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, talks and acts about the condition.  A number of council officers, elected members and local businesses have become Dementia Friends so far. Our hope for the future is that the borough will become a dementia friendly community.

We have a number of Dementia Friends Champions who can deliver Dementia Friends awareness sessions to businesses and organisations in Wyre with 10 or more staff. If you want to take it a step further you can join the Fylde and Wyre Dementia Action Alliance and develop a three point action plan of your own.

Health checks

An NHS health check can help you spot any health risks before they become an issue. 

Health checks are aimed at people aged 40-75 years old and only take 20 minutes. They assess your risks of developing heart disease, kidney disease, type-2 diabetes, stroke and dementia. As we get older, we have a higher risk of developing one of these conditions. An NHS health check helps find ways to lower this risk. If any problems are picked up you'll get plenty of advice and support, giving you the chance to make changes to the way you live to avoid future problems. 

If you're in the 40-74 age group without a pre-existing condition, you can expect to receive a letter from your GP or local authority inviting you for a free NHS Health Check every five years.

For more information visit the NHS health check website

Think! Why A & E?

The NHS in partnership with NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG and Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has devised a campaign ‘Think! Why A and E?’ to help you to choose the right NHS service for you and your family according to your symptoms. Take a look to see which service is right for you.

Contact us

For further information please contact us:
•    phone:  (01253) 891000
•    emailmailroom@wyre.gov.uk

 

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