Local schemes and services to promote your wellbeing in Norfolk

Norfolk’s Living Well

Norfolk’s Living Well helps anyone who is ready to make changes for a healthier lifestyle to find the support they need. Whatever goal you’d like to reach – such as getting active, eating more healthily or quitting smoking – there are people ready to help. Using a simple postcode search, you can find a range of local services throughout Norfolk, from group sessions to one-to-one support.

To find out more visit: www.norfolkslivingwell.org.uk, call: 0344 800 8029 or email: norfolkslivingwell@norfolk.gov.uk

Joy of Food

This is a locality-based project set up to teach cookery skills in the community. Its aims to increase knowledge of foods, and confidence about budgeting, planning and preparing meals. The cookery courses can be held virtually anywhere. The courses are free to all participants, with minimal cost incurred for setting up courses within your organisation or locality. Email: joyoffood@norfolk.gov.uk or call: 01603 638485.

Healthy Living Pharmacies (HLPs)

The aim is for community pharmacies to become a key part of promoting people’s wellbeing in local communities, offering advice on a range of health issues.

We hope that, by the end of March 2017, 35 to 40 pharmacies in Norfolk will be awarded the HLP mark. The HLP mark will be promoted to the general public as a sign of consistent and high quality.

Get up and about to stay healthy

Being active is important because it reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, depression and dementia. It will also help you to stay independent well into old age. Physical activity is anything that gets your body moving, from walking to recreational sport. The amount of activity you need to do each week depends on your age. Adults aged 19 to 64 are advised to do at least 150 minutes (two hours and 30 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week.

Try to do something every day, preferably in bouts of 10 minutes of activity or more. To find out more about getting active visit: www.nhs.uk/livewell or call: 0344 800 8029.

Healthy Libraries

The Healthy Libraries project is a joint venture between Public Health and the Norfolk Library Service to help people lead healthier lifestyles. The project aims to create joined up health and wellbeing centres using the strengths of both services to promote healthier living in Norfolk. See www.norfolk.gov.uk/booksforhealth for more information.

Warm and Well

Norfolk’s Warm and Well Campaign works to help vulnerable and older residents stay warm and well as it gets cold outside. It aims to promote general health messages and tips for staying warm and well, signpost vulnerable people to existing services and encourage communities to look after vulnerable relatives, friends and neighbours. It includes an extensive media campaign, distributing advice leaflets and thermometers to those most at risk, providing an e-learning programme, and distributing the Warm and Well Fund (grants of up to £2,500). For more information visit: www.norfolk.gov.uk/warmandwell or call: 0344 800 8020.

Healthier Options NORfolk Award (HONOR)

HONOR is an award scheme designed to help you make healthier choices when you’re eating out. It is a way for catering outlets to show that they have taken steps to offer healthier options on their menu. The award is currently operated by Breckland Council, Great Yarmouth Borough Council, Norwich City Council and South Norfolk District Council. More information can be found on: www.norfolkslivingwell.org.uk

Take 7 Steps Out

The Take 7 Steps Out campaign is aimed at encouraging smokers to take 7 steps outside or away from their children and families to smoke. For more information, visit: www.take7stepsout.co.uk/local-activity/norfolk

Learning more about Living Well

The Public Health Training Centre offers a wide variety of courses, workshops and online learning. They can support you whether you’re looking to gain nationally recognised and accredited qualifications or simply improve your knowledge and awareness. Visit: www.norfolkslivingwell.org.uk/i-want-to-help-others/public-health-training-centre

Drive safer for longer with GOLD

As we get older, we may become less confident in our cars or have concerns about our driving, health or mobility. Norfolk County Council has designed the Guidance for Older Driver (GOLD) programme to refresh skills, increase confidence and help older people drive safer for longer.

GOLD is a driver development session conducted by our specially trained and friendly instructors and this can be tailored to suit drivers’ individual needs.

GOLD costs £29 for a one hour session. To find out more, please visit: www.norfolk.gov.uk/roadsafety or call Norfolk County Council on: 0344 800 8020.