There are many lifestyle choices that affect our bodies. Some of the simplest ways of improving health are;
- Giving up smoking
- Get active
- Manage your weight
- Eat more fibre
- Cut down on saturated fat
- Get your 5 A Day
- Cut down on salt
- Eat fish
- Look after your oral health
- Drink less alcohol
- Avoid illicit drugs
- Read the food label
Further information about a healthy body can be found on the NHS website.
Eating Well and Staying Hydrated
Eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health, and can help you feel your best. 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.
Eating well can be a challenge, especially if shopping or preparing food is made difficult by a condition, disability or illness. Drinking enough fluid is also essential to maintain health, although the types of drinks you choose affect your health in different ways.
By eating a varied and balanced diet as shown in the Eatwell Guide, the range of nutrients and balanced food groups you receive will provide many benefits in terms of your growth and development, some important nutrients/vitamins the body requires include:
Eating healthily doesn’t have to mean giving up your favourite foods. It simply means eating a variety of foods and cutting down on food and drinks high in fat and sugar, such as sugary fizzy drinks, crisps, cakes and chocolate. These foods should be eaten less often and in smaller amounts.
Equipment is available to help you prepare food more easily, from electronic can openers to easy-grip utensils. If equipment cannot help you then there are providers who will deliver meals to your door to heat in a microwave or oven.
Help is available for shopping and delivery of food, see our Help at Home section.
NHS have advice on staying hydrated.
Further links to Information and Advice
Maintaining Healthy Weight
Maintaining a healthy weight is important for your overall health. Becoming overweight or obese increases your risk of developing conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers.
If you're overweight, losing weight has many health benefits. Making small simple changes to what and how much you are eating and drinking and your level of activity can really help you lose the pounds. Advice can be found on the One You website.
Being underweight isn't good for your health either. If you're concerned about yourself or someone else, then read the diet advice on the NHS Live Well pages.
Lincolnshire has lots of great opportunities to enjoy being active, but most of us don’t do enough physical activity to benefit our health. Being active is really good for your body and mind.
Activities can be found on the Active Lincolnshire website or on the Activities and events page. There are also equipment free workouts for all levels of ability. There are also exercise activities specifically for people over the age of 60 run by Vitality.
Diabetes Prevention Programme
Your local Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme supports people at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
Programmes will be held in a range of locations across Lincolnshire East, Lincolnshire West, South Lincolnshire and South West Lincolnshire.
If there isn't a programme running in your area at the time of your referral, you will be placed onto the area waiting list until the next programme begins. You also have the opportunity to attend programmes in other areas should you wish.
If you would like to speak about a referral to the service please discuss this with your GP surgery.
For any questions about your referral or for help in understanding more about the scheme, please contact us on 0333 577 3010. Our booking team are available:
Monday / Wednesday 9am – 7pm
Tuesday / Thursday / Saturday 9am – 5pm
Friday 9am – 4.30pm
Patient information is also available in the following languages:
- Chinese (Hong Kong)
- Chinese (simplified)