Taking your health seriously

Making sure we stay healthy and live well is our own responsibility. Eating a healthy diet, not smoking and taking plenty of exercise is vital in helping us to maintain a healthy lifestyle and avoid potentially life threatening illness such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group is therefore asking people to make small changes to their lifestyles to help them to live well for longer and to reduce the financial impact avoidable illness has on the health system in our county.

Dr Lindsay Kinlin GP at The Avenue Surgery in Warminster comments:
“An unhealthy lifestyle has a huge impact on your health. Some pretty serious diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers can all be linked to a poor diet, lack of exercise and smoking. Issues with joints, especially the knees and back can be exacerbated if you’re overweight and even carrying out your daily routine can be a challenge for some people.

“Small changes in diet, such as making sure you eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, or doing some form of exercise, no matter what it is, every day for just half an hour can all help. Walking is a great way to stay active, so instead of taking the car for short journeys, why not walk instead!

“We all have busy lives but taking the time to look at where you can make positive changes will make a difference. Although we are here to help you should you become unwell, it’s important to remember that you also need to do what you can to ensure that you stay healthy, only you can change your attitude towards your health.”

Simon Truelove, Interim Chief Officer for Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group says:
“NHS budgets are continuously being stretched and we need to find ways to provide quality health services within a limited budget.

“Making the right choices and taking personal responsibility for your health, frees up valuable healthcare practitioner time to focus on those most in need. It also reduces the financial pressure on local NHS services and allows us to reduce spend on treating those illnesses that are almost entirely avoidable.”

There is lots of helpful advice and information on smoking, drinking, eating, moving, sleeping and stress on the NHS One You website. The website also includes a quiz which looks at how healthy you are now and provides tips on how you can start your journey to become healthier. For further information please visit www.nhs.uk/oneyou.