Lifestyle Advice

Alcohol

The Daily Benchmarks for men and women are a guide to how much you can drink without putting your health at risk : Men: between 3 and 4 units a day or less ; Women: between 2 and 3 units a day or less.

Smoking

Risks of smoking—serious and often fatal diseases—like lung cancer, other cancers: mouth, throat, larynx, oesophagus, bladder, kidney, pancreas and stomach, coronary heart disease, chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Why quit? - improved breathing, better able to cope with sudden exertion, loss of smoker's cough, less risk of smoking-related diseases, feeling good about yourself for having quit, saving money.

Sexual Health

Don’t Play the Sex Lottery – Use a Condom. There is a much greater chance than you think of getting a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Telephone information line - 0800 567 123

Healthy Diet

Eat plenty of wholemeal bread - pitta bread, crispbreads; Try eating potatoes -baked and boiled ; plenty of pasta brown rice Baked beans are a quick, easy and cheap way of getting fibre.

Childhood Immunisation

Although many illnesses, such as polio, whooping cough and measles, hardly ever occur now in the UK, they continue to kill in some countries; more people travel abroad with the risk that diseases could be brought back into the country and spread to people who have not been immunised. It is important for everyone to keep up their immunity. This protects your child and family and the wider community. Research shows that vaccines are the safest way of protecting your child's health. Before any vaccine can be used it has to go through rigorous testing and it has to be constantly monitored when in use.

Healthy Mental Health (coping with stress)

Recognising that you are under stress is the first step. Stress is present when it is hard to concentrate, being short tempered, feeling tired, sleeping badly, eating when you're not hungry. To cope with stress organise your time, make a list of tasks, complete one task before moving on to the next. This will help you to feel in control and will give you a sense of achievement. Don't take on more than you can handle.  Keep in touch with friends and make time to have a social life. Accept who you are. Don't be too hard on yourself. Get involved. Keep active. Regular exercise helps to release the tension caused by stress. Find something you enjoy such as swimming, walking, dancing or cycling. Learn new skills. Avoid negative ways of coping with stress such as smoking, drinking or compulsive eating. Take time out if you need it.

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