We're all responsible for our health and regular health checks are vital.
Make sure you get your annual flu jab. These will usually be free if you are over 65, have certain medical conditions or are a carer. If you are in one of these groups and are not invited for a flu jab, contact your GP.
It may seem like you don't drink much, but a drink or two most evenings can do harm to your body. From making you gain weight to increasing your risk of cancer, alcohol can have serious effects on your body. You can find out more, take a free 'alcohol test' and book online coaching sessions at Don't Bottle It Up.
Drug use has very clear effects on health and wellbeing. FRANK's A to Z gives information about the effects and impact of different drugs. The NHS website has comprehensive information about drinking and alcohol as well as drugs and drug abuse.
Do you need help and support?
Now is the right time to quit. Every cigarette causes you real harm and quitting smoking is healthier for you and your family. Smokefree Hampshire is committed to helping smokers who live or work in Hampshire who want to quit. Visit the:
Tailored support to help you quit – including access to free Nicotine Replacement Therapy.
It sounds obvious but having a balanced diet is crucial for good health and energy and to prevent illness.
There are lots of cheap and tasty ways you and your family can eat well every day. The One You website has tips on cutting out sugar, salt and how to eat well, for less. You can also find out more about healthy eating on the NHS website and visit change4life to get ideas aimed at helping you to lead a healthier life.
Losing weight is not a natural part of getting older and undernutrition can lead to illness. Age UK have produced a Healthy eating guide which you can print.
If you, or someone you are caring for, is losing weight and you are concerned, you should speak to your GP. Your local pharmacist may also be able to give you some advice.
BAPEN have developed a simple online self-screening tool you can use along with advice to follow if you are at risk of becoming malnourished.
It is equally important to make sure that you drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated. This is especially important for older people. See this information leaflet for top tips to stay hydrated.
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. Find information and advice to help you lose weight.
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Incontinence can be very distressing. However, there is a lot of information and support available.
Mental health needs can affect anyone, of any age or background and at any time of our life. See our Mental health page to find information and support.
The Men’s Health Forum is a charity supporting men's health in England, Wales and Scotland. You can find fast, free independent advice online as well as manuals and free downloads.
Sleeping well is essential if you are to stay well and feel good. It is especially important if you lead a busy life, are coping with illness or stress or if you are caring for someone else.
If you are having sleep problems, it is important that you understand what is causing this and take steps to sleep better.
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