Make the change you want to see in yourself
With the season's festivities behind us, lots of us feel it's time to make a fresh start with our health and wellbeing.
Getting active, managing blood pressure, keeping a healthy weight and stopping smoking are among the habits you can build into everyday life to improve your wellbeing.
There's a wealth of tips, support, and local services available to help make healthy habits stick.
Manage your blood pressure
If you're aged 40 to 74 with no pre-existing conditions, make sure you get your free NHS health check which includes some simple tests including blood pressure. You can get them every five years. Visit the Healthy Surrey free health checks web page to find out how. You can also get a quick and easy BP+ check at a participating pharmacy to check your blood pressure and pulse rate.
With stunning scenery on our doorstep, Surrey offers a wealth of opportunities to be active. Head to Healthy Surrey Get Active web page to find activities to suit you, even if you can only fit in 10 minutes. You can also explore our 31 ideas for connecting with nature this winter on the Healthy Surrey 31 tips web page.
Keep to a healthy weight
Visit the Healthy Surrey losing weight web page to try a quick and easy quiz about your diet and lifestyle and also to find your BMI. You'll be able to find out about the support available to help you get down to a healthy weight and stay that way for good, including the NHS Better Health website where you'll find free weight loss plans. Check out Health Unlocked to join a supportive group of people.
Enjoy a healthy diet
The Healthy Surrey losing weight web page shows how much of what we eat overall and what should come from each food group to achieve a healthy, balanced diet. Also check out the One You Easy Meals app for healthy recipes or visit the NHS Better Health website.
Get socially active
Find ways to get involved in your local community, or look for befriending services, through Connect to Support Surrey.
Keep within alcohol limits
The DrinkCoach alcohol test is a quick and confidential way you can see if your drinking is putting your health at risk. Depending on your result, you may be signposted to services which can help you change your drinking habits.
If you're a smoker, quitting for good is the most important step you can take to protect your health. The One You Surrey stop smoking service has all the support you need to make 2024 the year you kick the habit once and for all.
It's important to look after our mental as well as physical wellbeing. There is a range of support available in Surrey to support your mental wellbeing, from self -help tips to group and 1 to 2 to1 talking therapy support on the Healthy Surrey Mental wellbeing.
If you feel your mental health is at breaking point and you urgently need to talk to someone about how you feel, please call the Mental health crisis helpline 0800 915 4644 - 24 hours 7 days a week.
If you have speech or hearing difficulties, you can contact the helpline by: SMS: 07717 989024 or Relay UK Dial 18001 0800 915 4644 from your text phone or smart app.
31 tips to make the most of Surrey's nature during the winter
Looking after our physical health and mental wellbeing is important for everyone, particularly during the winter months. There are things we can all do in our day-to-day lives that can help to support good health, including connecting to nature.
During January getting outside may not feel like an easy option, but there are many thing you can do to connect with the outdoors and improve overall wellbeing.
We have created a list of tips and suggestions on how you can easily increase your connection to nature in Surrey each day throughout the month, check out the Healthy Surrey 31 tips web page.
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