The risk of developing long-term conditions can be reduced by changing some of our lifestyle habits, such as eating a nutritious, balanced diet, not smoking and taking regular exercise. It is never too late to make these changes. Even if you already have a long-term condition, such as diabetes or heart disease, the management of your condition can be improved by living more healthily.
Below are some links to help you with your lifestyle choices, or you can follow the Live Well link on the left of this page (below the Call 111 triangle).
Cut your cancer risk
A free publication is available to download from Cancer Research UK. Click here.
Walking is an excellent way of increasing your daily exercise and is suitable for all ages. Walking regularly can reduce the risk of developing chronic illness and also benefits people who already have health problems, such as obesity, hypertension, chronic lung disease and diabetes.
Hertfordshire Health Walks: Alternate Mondays, 10am at Southern Country Park. For more information click here.
Walk England: Information on how to get active through walking. www.walkengland.org.uk
The Ramblers Association: organised walking groups for all fitness levels. www.ramblers.org.uk
For more information and links, including walks with wheelchairs or buggies and building up fitness, visit the NHS Choices Live Well page here.
Sugar in your diet
For information on the effects of too much sugar on your health and advice on how to reduce the amount of sugar in your diet, visit the NHS Choices Live Well page, here.
One You Campaign
Public Health England has launched One You, a campaign to help adults avoid future diseases caused by modern lifestyles. One You encourages people to rethink their lifestyle choices and do something about their own health. After completing a short quiz you will be taken to links that help you take more exercise, cook healthy meals, reduce drinking and stop smoking, as well as signposting other support such as stress management.
High cholesterol can increase your risk of developing heart disease or stroke. Diet and exercise can help to reduce your cholesterol levels. For more information visit the NHS Choices website.
As people age their mobility can decrease. This increases the risk of accidental falls which can cause serious injury, such as hip fracture, as well as knocking the persons confidence and so reducing their mobility even further. Follow this link to watch a short video on how you can assess you own or your friend/ relatives risk of falling. The link also contains a very useful document about how to reduce your risk of falling and what to do if you do fall.