Help2Change provides free support delivered by specialist Help2Change advisers in a range of venues, including GP surgeries, pharmacies, community venues, hospitals and supermarkets in Shropshire.
Help2Quit is the local stop smoking service in Shropshire. It offers free support delivered by stop smoking specialists, including practice nurses, midwives, pharmacists and school nurses.
The service is available in almost all GP surgeries and is also provided in many pharmacies, community venues, hospitals and selected supermarkets and is very successful. By using a combination of stop smoking medicine, along with specialist help and support from Help2Quit, individuals are up to four times more likely to successfully go smoke free than when trying to quit without support.
Around 1 in 20 adults now uses electronic cigarettes. Whilst they are not risk free, they are considered to be less harmful than smoking and smokers who want to use e-cigarettes to quit smoking are encouraged to contact Help2Quit.
Maintaining a healthy weight is important for good health, as being overweight can increase your risk of developing health conditions including coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis and some types of cancer. Help2Slim offers free support to help you lose weight and keep it off. Advisers support you to make small sustainable changes that fit with you and your lifestyle.
NHS Health Check
The NHS Health Check programme has been developed to prevent heart disease, diabetes, stroke and kidney disease. If you are between 40 and 74 years old and are not already diagnosed with one of these conditions, you will be invited by your GP once every five years to have a check to assess your risk. If necessary, you will be given advice to help reduce or manage your risk of disease.
Maintaining a healthy diet provides you with the energy and nutrition you need. It improves your physical and mental health and wellbeing and provides protective health benefits against a range of health conditions including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and some cancers.
Move more, sit less!
Physical activity has such enormous benefits to our health. Our bodies are not designed to sit for long periods and being physically active is one of the best ways to look after yourself and your quality of life.
Everyone needs to sit less and move more. It’s easier to do this by building activity into your daily life and taking up activities you enjoy. Healthy Shropshire can help find what works best for you. It can also find ‘start up’ Active4Health activities, including exercise on referral programmes, walking groups and exercise classes in local areas.
Energize Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin
Energize is the County Sports Partnership for Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. It works with a number of organisations to enable everyone to have access to sport and physical activities, whatever their level of interest or ability. Energize believes in encouraging and motivating people to give different sports and activities a go and offers a wide range of services and information to achieve this. For more information, call 01743 297191, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.energizestw.org.uk
For more information on Help2 programmes, NHS Health Checks and practices delivering the service visit www.healthyshropshire.co.uk or call 0345 678 9025.