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Healthy Living Advice

Eat a Healthy Diet

The best diet is one that includes five portions of fruit and vegetables every day and reduces or cuts out completely sugar, alcohol and fat.

For more advice visit NHS Choices, Eatwell Plate

Get Immunised

Child Immunisation 

Immunisation prepares your child's body to fight disease. It is important for everyone to keep up his or her immunity. This protects your child and family and the wider community. Research shows that vaccines are the safest way of protecting your child's health.

Ask your Health Visitor for further information.

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Flu and Pneumovax Vaccination 

This vaccination is given annually every October and November. It is recommended for the over 65s and anyone with other illnesses such as chronic bronchitis, asthma, heart disease, diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis as they are more likely to develop secondary infections. From September onwards do look out for information from Receptions on how to obtain your Flu vaccination. We also offer pneumovax in line with current NHS guidelines.

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Moderate Alcohol Intake

Alcohol is a drug which has the immediate effect of altering mood. Because drinking makes people feel relaxed, happy and even euphoric, many find it surprising to learn that alcohol is in fact a depressant.

Alcohol, even when consumed in moderation, has been linked to a wide range of ailments and diseases, such as increased risk of mouth, pharyngeal and oesophageal cancers (especially if combined with smoking), high blood pressure and gastrointestinal complications, such as gastritis, ulcers and liver disease. Of course, excessive alcohol can also have detrimental social and psychological consequences. Moderation and balance is the key.

British recommendations for maximum alcohol intake is 2-3 units per day for women and 3-4 units per day for men. One unit is approximately equivalent to one glass of wine, half a glass of beer or one pub measure of spirits. However, the alcohol content of different products does vary. Alcohol is a high source of energy, if you're watching your waistline, you would need to cut down on the amount you drink.

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Quit Smoking

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Take Regular Exercise

The best exercise for cardiovascular fitness is aerobic - any exercise that gets you breathing more deeply such as walking, running, swimming, cycling, dancing or using treadmills and rowing machines are recommended. Aim for 20 minutes 3 times every week.

Stretching and strengthening exercise can help to control weight and encourage blood flow. Regular exercise also helps to release the tension caused by stress and can give you more energy too.

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