Keeping Yourself Well

This collection of useful advice has been put together to help you stay safe and well.

Eat well

  • Include five portions of fruit and veg a day. Research shows that eating at least 400g of fruit and vegetables a day can lower your risk of serious health problems such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and obesity.
  • Have a good, healthy breakfast especially in winter months. Porridge is a great source of starchy foods and fibre which boost energy.
  • Have at least one hot meal a day, and regular hot drinks, especially in the winter months.
  • Excessive salt and fat in our diets is a major cause of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes so it is important to avoid foods that are high in salt and fat.

Drink lots of water

It’s vitally important to keep hydrated whatever the time of year. Keeping your body and brain hydrated is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Two thirds of the body is made of water so make sure you have a regular intake. Aim to drink between 1.6 and 2 litres per day – that’s around eight large glasses.

Keeping fit

The benefits of exercise aren’t limited to losing weight. Even if you’re slim, you’ll still get health benefits from exercising. Even a small amount of regular activity can lower the risk of developing major chronic diseases such as coronary heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes, by up to 50%. Regular exercise can cut the risk of premature death by 20-30%.

Keeping occupied

Keep yourself busy and occupied by taking part in activities such as:

  • gardening
  • crosswords
  • keeping up with current affairs
  • cooking
  • libraries
  • computers and social networks
  • outings and events

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