Better Health - Let's Do This Northumberland
On Monday 27 July, Public Health England launched a major new adult health campaign to seize the opportunity for a national reset. Better Health has been introduced to help capture the imagination of the nation, using this unique moment in time to help kick start our health – to eat better and get active.
COVID-19 has affected the whole country; for almost everyone, life has had to fundamentally change. Anxiety about COVID-19 and the impacts of lockdown have made it harder to stay healthy for around half the population. More than one in three people (36%) say they are comfort eating because of anxiety or boredom. Smokers are more likely to be increasing how much they smoke to self-medicate anxiety, stress, and boredom.
But it has also prompted many people to reflect and think more seriously about their health. What’s more, people have been surprised by how able they have been to change their behaviour, with lockdown showing many that they are able to make and sustain changes to their lives.
The new Better Health campaign connects residents of Northumberland with a range of choices to help make simple but effective changes to their lifestyle to benefit their long-term health, and subsequently put them in better stead to fight COVID-19, and other diseases.
Northumberland County Council commissions an NHS Integrated Wellbeing Service, whose friendly Health Trainers can support people to stay healthy and prevent illness by giving advice and support on healthy food choices, weight management, increasing physical activity, stopping smoking and reducing alcohol intake. These services can be accessed by contacting your GP practice or healthcare provider who can refer you for support.
We are fortunate to have additional services available in Northumberland to help with lifestyle changes such as:
The national NHS Better Health campaign will kick off by supporting individuals on their weight loss journey, but, later down the line, will also provide advice and support for quitting smoking, drinking less and looking after your mental health.
To support people to live healthier lives, the brand-new Better Health webpage at https://www.nhs.uk/better-health/ provides tools to help people manage their weight loss – from checking their BMI, to getting access to free support tools including the NHS 12-week weight loss plan.
The NHS 12-week weight loss plan, available both online and via a new app, promotes evidence based safe and sustainable weight loss. It helps users to make healthier choices, by providing the most up to date evidence based healthy eating and physical activity advice in a magazine format that enables them to keep track of their calorie intake, portions of fruit and veg, physical activity level and teaches skills to prevent weight gain. There will also be exclusive offers from other well-known weight management providers to offer further support.
Change4Life - choose a challenge to suit you
We have a selection of Change4Life challenges that are designed to be fun and to fit in with family life. Change4Life is all about making small, easy changes to your life that will eventually make a big difference to your family's health and happiness.
Choose a couple or challenges - see how you and your family get on with them then come back next week for more inspiration.
Eat a rainbow: Get your children to find fruit and veg of difference colours at the supermarket then aim to get the same variety of fruit and veg on their plates.
60 active minutes
Make today "Family spring cleaning day"
Give everyone a job (or two), put on your favourite music, roll up your sleeves and get stuck in.
cut back fat
Give the frying pan a week off - grill or bake all your meals instead.
Many hands make light work: Each time you prepare a meal over the coming week, find one job for the kids too - even if it's just spreading their own toast in the morning.
me size meals
Look at the portion sizes that your family eats - do all your family need the same amount?
When your children come home "staaarrrrviiing" have healthy snacks such as carrot sticks or apples ready to dish out to them.
Swap half of your childrens sugary drinks for milk, water, unsweetened fruit juice or sugar free varieties of squash.
up and about
Get hopping: This week every time someone says your name, hop 3 times on the spot. Get the whole family to join in.