HEALTH AND CARE: Live Well with healthy lifestyle choices

Couch to 5K is a nine-week running plan
Couch to 5K is a nine-week running plan

With people’s lives getting busier and busier we can sometimes neglect our own health and wellbeing.

But did you know there are small changes you can make to help you stay healthy and the NHS Choices website is filled with excellent advice, hints and tools to help you.

One of the post popular sources is the Couch to 5K App.

For many of us, taking up running can seem like a scary prospect, especially if you feel out of shape or unfit.

But did you know that regular running can help reduce the risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke, boost your mood and keep your weight under control?

Running regularly will improve the health of your heart and lungs. It can also help you lose weight, especially if combined with a healthy diet.

You get a brilliant podcast that you download each week, which starts getting you off the couch and ready to run that 5k.

Visit www.nhs.uk/LiveWell/c25k/Pages/couch-to-5k.aspx to find out more.

Having a well-balanced, healthy diet is an important part of maintaining good health, and can help you feel your best.

Eating a wide variety of foods, in the right proportions, can help you achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.

The new 12-week weight loss guide available on NHS Choices combines advice on healthier eating and physical activity.

You get a brilliant information pack for each week of the plan, which is full of advice and tips, plus a brilliant stick-it-on-the-fridge planner to help you track your weekly progress.

Visit www.nhs.uk/LiveWell/weight-loss-guide/Pages/weight-loss-guide.aspx for more information.

There are many other services on NHS Choices that can help you and your family make healthier life choices and stay well – www.nhs.uk/livewell/Pages/Livewellhub.aspx

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