Leading a Healthy Lifestyle

    Leading a healthy lifestyle means making the right choices when it comes to exercise, nutrition and how well we treat our bodies. This page will signpost you to further information on how you can start or continue to lead a healthy lifestyle. 

    What support is available?

    Staffordshire County Council offer a range of lifestyle advice including information about the Healthy Communities Service which is available to residents aged 50+ in the Stafford area including; 

    • Common
    • Coton
    • Penkside
    • Highfields
    • Western Downs
    • Manor

    The service provides support and advice on areas including weight management, falls prevention, physical activity and stopping smoking. 

    Diet and Nutrition: A well-balanced diet provides:

    • energy to keep active throughout the day
    • nutrients for growth and repair, helping you to stay strong and healthy and help to prevent diet-related illness
    • the ability to maintain a healthy weight

    Please visit the NHS Choices website to find more information on how to Eat Well

    Physical Activity: Adults should be taking part in at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week.  Moderate activity will raise your heart rate and make you breathe faster and feel warmer. For more information on physical activity levels for adults please visit the NHS Choices Exercise website.

    Younger people and children (aged 5 to 18 years of age) should be taking part in at least 60 minutes (1 hour) of physical activity every day.  Please visit the NHS Choices Exercise page for more information on physical activity levels for young people and children

    Take a look at the Walking page if you are interested in taking part in one of our short community walks or would like to try one of our local doorstep walks. 

    Alcohol: Many of us often fail to recognise the damage we cause our bodies when we go out socialising or enjoy the odd tipple with our dinner.

    There is nothing wrong with enjoying the occasional drink, however individuals who drink on a regular basis (every day or most days of the week) become at a much higher risk of ill health.

    You can increase your awareness on alcohol by visiting NHS Choices.

    Smoking: Smoking is one of the biggest causes of death and illness in the UK.  Every year around 100,000 people in the UK die from smoking, with many more living with debilitating smoking-related illnesses. The most successful quit attempts are not driven by willpower alone but use a combination of stop smoking support approaches. Public Health England have a Personal Quit Plan which offers smokers a quick and easy way to find the right support for them to quit. More information on the free support can be found on the Smokefree website

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