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Your Council can offer advice and help on health matters – from dealing with a drink or drug problem to coping with mental illness or a disability. Here you can learn about the many services on offer and find links to other organisations offering advice on healthy living at any stage of your life.

If there’s an emergency, our out-of-hours team is on hand 24 hours a day to help with anything from child protection issues to older people at risk: 0345 0533116

For advice on healthy living or health protection, visit Health Challenge Wales

Choosing the right NHS Wales service if you become ill or are injured
Choose Well will help you decide if you need medical attention if you get sick. It explains what each NHS service does, and when it should be used.

Choosing Well means that you and your family will get the best treatment. It also allows busy NHS services to help the people who need them most.

If you don’t know which option to choose, please contact NHS Direct Wales on 0845 46 47

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Stay Active
Children need to do at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day that gets their hearts beating faster than usual. This activity doesn’t have to be all in one go, and it will burn off energy and prevent excess fat being stored in the body. It also helps young muscles and bones grow properly. For adults, being active means getting your heart rate up, feeling warmer and making your lungs work harder for 150 minutes each week.

For information about Leisure activites in Flintshire visit our Leisure and Tourism section

Eat Healthily
For a healthy and balanced diet, try to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. Research shows that eating at least 400g of fruit and vegetables a day can lower your risk of serious health problems such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. For more help try the 5 a day meal planner visit the NHS site or for simple tips and child friendly recipes visit Change4Life

For a healthy and balanced diet, try to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. Research shows that eating at least 400g of fruit and vegetables a day can lower your risk of serious health problems such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. For more help try the 5 a day meal planner visit the or for simple tips and child friendly recipes visit  

Drink Less Alcohol
Regularly drinking more than the recommended daily amounts (RDA) can lead to long-term health problems, including cancers, strokes, and heart attacks.

Regularly drinking more than the recommended daily amounts (RDA) can lead to long-term health problems, including cancers, strokes, and heart attacks.
  • For women the RDA is no more than 2-3 units per day.
  • For men the RDA is no more than 3-4 units per day

To find out more about what’s in a unit visit Change4Life
If you drink every day, try to have at least two alcohol-free days each week.

Quit Smoking

Thinking about giving up smoking? Here are three very good reasons to quit:

For your health
Stopping smoking can have a big impact on both your health and your lifestyle. Your sense of taste will return and you will enjoy the taste of food more. Your breathing and general fitness will improve. The appearance of your skin and teeth will improve.

For your family’s health
Children are particularly vulnerable to secondhand smoke, as they have less well-developed airways, lungs and immune systems. The best way to protect you and your family is to make your home and car smokefree.

To save money
Stopping smoking will definitely save you money. To find out how much you will save, try the Smoking Calculator to find out how much you could be saving

If you smoke and want to give up, where can you get help?

Stop Smoking Wales - Stop Smoking Wales is a free, NHS service to help people quit smoking. Visit www.stopsmokingwales.com or call 0800 085 2219 to book a session in your local area.

Pharmacy Smoking Cessation Service – A number of pharmacies across Flintshire offer a FREE 12-week smoking cessation service. The services includes assessment, supply and monitoring of appropriate smoking cessation therapy. To find your nearest pharmacy smoking cessation service, use the NHS Direct local services search facility

LINKS
www.stopsmoking.wales.com
http://www.nhs.uk/LiveWell/Smoking
www.stub.org.uk
www.nosmokingday.org.uk
www.thefilterwales.org

Look after your Mental Wellbeing
Looking after your mental wellbeing is equally as important as looking after your physical health.

Here are some simple tips that have been researched and developed by the New Economics Foundation on how to look after your own mental wellbeing:

Take Notice
Reminding yourself to ‘take notice’ can strengthen and broaden awareness and enhance your mental wellbeing. Slow down…appreciate…recognise your own and others’ talents…

Connect
Social relationships are critical for promoting wellbeing. Meet up…join in… phone a friend…listen…

Be Active
Regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups. Get up and have a go… walk,run, cycle, dance, garden, sing…

Keep Learning
Continued learning through life promotes good self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life. Try something new…have a go…. Ask how, when, where, why…

Give
Research has shown individuals who report a greater interest in helping others are more likely to rate themselves as happy. Share what you have…smile at others…volunteer…

For advice on where to find mental health support services visit
http://www.flintshire.gov.uk/en/Resident/Social-Services/Mental-Health.aspx

LINKS

http://www.flintshiremind.org.uk
http://callhelpline.org.uk/
http://www.cruse.org.uk/
http://www.samaritans.org/
https://www.papyrus-uk.org/
http://www.childline.org.uk/
http://www.publicmentalhealth.org/
http://ncmh.info/
http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/
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