Taking your health seriously

Simon Truelove, Acting Accountable Officer

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Luckily, many of us don’t have to worry about our general health on a day to day basis.  But  making sure we stay healthy and live as well as we can is our own responsibility.

We’ve all heard it before.  But eating a healthy diet, not smoking and being more active really is vital when we want to avoid potentially life threatening illnesses, such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease or stroke. Together with the Public Health team at Wiltshire Council, Wiltshire’s GPs are encouraging and recommending Wiltshire people to make small changes to our lifestyles to help us all feel healthier and live well for longer.

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 directly linked to a poor diet, lack of exercise and smoking.

Issues with joints, especially the knees and back, can be made much worse if you’re overweight.  Even carrying out your daily routine, such as putting your socks on, can be a challenge for some people.”

Give yourself a chance of enjoying a longer, healthier life by just making small changes.  The smallest changes to your habits can have a surprising effect – in your diet, perhaps by eating freshly prepared food and eating more fresh fruit and vegetables each day, or doing some form of exercise, no matter what it is, every day for just half an hour – can all help make a huge difference to our physical and mental health.

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. Health services are there to help you if you become unwell, but it’s important to remember that you also need to do what you can to ensure that you stay as healthy as possible, and only you can change your attitude towards your health.  Don’t wait until your health starts deteriorating;  take action now!

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 and to reduce the financial impact avoidable illness has on the health system in our county.

Making the right choices and taking personal responsibility for your health, means you become healthier and less reliant on our doctors, which in turn frees up valuable GP time to focus on those people who are most in need.

It also reduces the financial pressure on local NHS services and allows us to reduce the amount we spend treating those illnesses that are almost entirely avoidable”.

Keeping active, eating well and good weight management are the key to a healthy lifestyle. There’s 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 – have a check to see how healthy you are right now. It also provides tips on how you can start to live a healthier lifestyle.

Visit www.nhs.uk/oneyou and start your journey on living a healthier lifestyle.