Stay Healthy

This is a summary of five areas that you can change to stay healthy. These lifestyle changes mean you are less likely to develop heart disease, stroke, diabetes, liver problems, lung problems, and certain cancers.

Each tab below also contains a link to an NHS supported website with reliable helpful advice and tips. If you would like a free service to check your health why not complete the NHS LifeCheck online, it only takes a few minutes.

At Church Street our nurses would be more than happy to discuss how you could improve your health and if you are over 40 why not have an NHS health check with them!

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1. Stop Smoking
If you smoke, stopping smoking is often the single most effective thing that you can do to reduce your risk of future illness. The risk to health falls rapidly as soon as you stop smoking (but takes a few years before the increased risk reduces completely). Most people find it hard to stop smoking but it easier with the right support and medication.
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2. Exercise
People who do regular activity have a lower risk of many chronic diseases, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and some cancers. Research shows that physical activity can also boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing your risk of stress, depression and dementia. Changing your lifestyle to involve regular exercise can be easy!
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3. Healthy Eating
When it comes to a healthy diet, balance is the key to getting it right. This means eating a wide variety of foods in the right proportions, and consuming the right amount of food and drink to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.

A diet based on starchy foods such as potatoes, rice and pasta; with plenty of fruit and vegetables; some protein-rich foods such as meat, fish and lentils; some milk and dairy foods; and not too much fat, salt or sugar, will give you all the nutrients you need.
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4. Weight
We want to help you adopt a healthier lifestyle so you can lose weight safely and learn the skills you need to keep it off in the long term.

If people are overweight, it’s usually because they eat and drink more calories than they need. If you are overweight you can gain great health benefits by losing 5-10% of your weight. Our Nurses can help guide you and have access in Oxfordshire to free weight loss vouchers for local groups.
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5. Sensible Drinking
One unit is in about half a pint of normal strength beer, or two thirds of a small glass of wine, or one small pub measure of spirits.

Men should drink no more than 21 units of alcohol per week, no more than four units in any one day, and have at least two alcohol-free days a week.

Women should drink no more than 14 units of alcohol per week, no more than three units in any one day, and have at least two alcohol-free days a week. If you are concerned about your drinking come and see our nurses or doctors.
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