Helping each other to stay well this winter
Today is the start of Self Care Week and Wiltshire Council and NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group are encouraging people to be well-prepared ahead of winter by taking simple steps to look after themselves and helping their families, friends and neighbours to do the same.
This year, the theme for Self Care Week is ‘Choose Self Care for Life’ and preparing now for the winter ahead will help people, particularly those who are elderly or vulnerable, to stay as well as possible.
This means trying to stay active even when the weather is colder, and eating a balanced diet. Wiltshire Council’s health trainers can help people every step of the way – the service is for people aged 18 + and is free. They can also help you find other services and activities to keep you healthy and well over winter.
For more information visit www.wiltshire.gov.uk/public-health-trainers or call 0300 003 4566.
There are also benefits and grants available to help with energy efficiency, such as cavity wall insulation to help keep homes warm. Call Warm & Safe Wiltshire on 0800 038 5722 or visit www.warmandsafewiltshire.org.uk for more information.
NHS Wiltshire CCG has created an easy-to-use eight-step guide, to help people know what simple steps they can take to help keep themselves well over the winter months.
S – see your pharmacist at first sign of illness
E – eat plenty of fruit and vegetables
L – learn more about around the clock healthcare services in Wiltshire
F – find out if you’re eligible for a free flu vaccine
C – check in on your neighbours
A – arrange to pick up your prescription
R – restock your medicine cabinet
E – ensure you stay warm