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Health and wellbeing advice

Eating well 

    It sounds obvious but having a balanced diet is crucial for good health and energy and to prevent illness.

    • If you are having difficulty shopping for food, our Shopping page has information which may help.

    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. 

    Meals on wheels service    

    Meals on wheels services are offered by your local authority, subject to certain eligibility criteria:

    Staying hydrated

        It is very important, especially for older people, to make sure that you drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated. Dehydration is a common cause of hospital admission for older people. It can lead to urinary tract infections and make the symptoms of other illnesses worse.

        Watch our short video about the importance of staying hydrated – information, tips and myths.

        • If you are having difficulty drinking, there may be equipment which can help. Visit the kitchen of our Equipment House for some ideas.
        • If you are worried about an older person who is not drinking enough, this easy to follow e-learning course on Hydration in Older People has some useful advice and tips. (N.B. Just click on 'Play' and then 'Continue'. You do not need to register or log in).

        Incontinence

        Incontinence can be very distressing. However, it is far more common than you may think and there is a lot of information and support available. There are  simple lifestyle or dietary changes that you can make to prevent incontinence and many ways to manage it so that it does not affect your everyday life.

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        Health checks and flu jabs

        We're all responsible for our health and regular health checks are vital.  

        • If you're aged 40 to 74, you may be eligible for a free NHS health check. Find out where you can have your NHS Health Check in Hampshire.
        • Anyone who is on their GP's learning disability register can have a free health check once a year. You can ask to go on this register if you think you have a learning disability.
        • Annual physical health checks are also available for people registered with their GP as having a severe mental illness. You should be invited annually for a health check but if you think you are due one, you should contact your GP surgery.

        The NHS Better Health website has information and advice to help you with all aspects of your physical and mental health. Check your own health by taking the How are You? quiz.

        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.

        Drugs and alcohol

        To keep your risk of alcohol related harm low men and women are advised not to drink more than 14 units of alcohol a week on a regular basis. It’s good to spread out your drinking evenly over 3 or more days. If you’re trying to cut down on the amount you drink, it’s a good idea to have several alcohol-free days each week.  

        • Hampshire County Council's Rethink Your Drink pages have useful resources and top tips
        • Better Health offers free information and advice on easy ways to gradually drink less. 
        • Drink Coach has a free, quick and confidential online test to find out how risky your drinking is. 
        • Inclusion Recovery Hampshire provide a local confidential alcohol helpline for people who want further support: 0300 303 3539

        It’s important to seek to get medical advice before you stop drinking if you have physical withdrawal symptoms (like shaking, sweating or feeling anxious until you have your first drink of the day). It can be dangerous to stop drinking too quickly without proper help.

        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 drugs and drug addiction

        Do you need help and support?

        Whether you’re worried about yourself or a loved one, there is lots of local support and advice available.

        If you need help with an alcohol or drug problem you can contact the Hampshire  treatment services for adults or young people.  These are easy to find in local centres across the county.

        Hampshire:

        • Inclusion Recovery Hampshire: drug and alcohol treatment service for adults over 25 years old. Telephone 0300 124 0103
        • Hampshire 24/7 : drug and alcohol treatment service for young people aged under 25 years old. Telephone 0845 459 9405

        Portsmouth:

        Southampton


        You may want to talk to your GP about your drinking or drug taking. Your GP will listen to you and assess the nature of your problems. They will help you choose suitable treatment and support options which are available. They might offer to treat you or refer you to your local specialist alcohol and drug service.

        Further information and advice:

        • Alcohol 
          Drinkline is a free national helpline. Call 0300 123 1110. 
          Alcoholics Anonymous has a national helpline 0800 9177 650.
        • Drugs
          Talk to FRANK for information, support and live chat. Call 0300 123 6600. 
          Narcotics Anonymous has a national helpline 0300 999 1212.
        • For those affected by someone else’s alcohol or drug use 
          Parent Support Link offers information and advice as well as support groups across Hampshire for anyone affected by someone else's drug or alcohol use. Call 023 8039 9764. 
          Al-Anon  provides support and advice for those affected by someone else's drinking. Call 0800 008 6811. 
          Adfam provides support for families affected by drugs or alcohol. 
          NHS information for families of drug users .

        Smoking

        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.

        Weight management

        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.

        Hampshire County Council (HCC) is working with ShapeUp4Life to provide free support for people who want to lose weight. To qualify for this support, you need to be:

        • aged 18+ years with a BMI > 30 (BMI > 28 Minority Ethnic Group or those with specified long-term conditions).
        • resident in the administrative county of Hampshire (HCC area or Registered with a Hampshire GP (excluding Southampton and Portsmouth).

        If you are a man living in the Hampshire County Council area who wants to lose weight, improve your fitness and play football, then you could join your local MAN v FAT Football club. Play small-sided football games against other men who also want to improve their health. You can join if you’re 18 or over and have a BMI of 27.5+ .  If football isn't your thing, you could try the online MAN v FAT challenge.

        Mental health

        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.

        Men's Health

        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.

        The Men's Activity Network in Hampshire has been designed to help break down barriers for men and make a positive difference to their physical and mental wellbeing.

        Sleep

        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. Our mental wellbeing can seriously impact our sleep.

        If you are having sleep problems, it is important that you understand what is causing this and take steps to sleep better.

        If your sleep problems are affecting your health or daily life, you should peak to your GP.

        Staying fit, well and independent

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