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Better health in 2019

Confused about Veganuary, juicing, detoxing, stopping smoking, weight loss or going sugar free?  After the excesses of Christmas, many people feel that they would like to make some changes to their health and wellbeing in the New Year.  Not sure where to start or what support is available in Essex? In this week’s blog, we’re looking at just that.

It is always a good idea to speak to your GP or practise nurse before embarking on any new weight loss or fitness programme.  They can help you assess your weight, blood pressure and waist measurements.

There are a number of weight management programmes across the county which can help if you are keen to make changes to your weight. These programmes can help adults and children to lose weight, get fitter and enjoy a healthier relationship with food.

Essex Lifestyle service delivered by Provide is where you can find support to help you stop smoking, guidance on diet and exercise, alcohol advice and help to improve your self-esteem.  You can get in touch with them here.

While many of these services are free and open to all ages there are some services that are only for certain age groups so always call the service to check first.

Change 4 life is another good website particularly for families to find advice on getting active, making healthier food choices and long-term changes to your lifestyle.

Maybe you are looking to improve your general wellbeing or feel more connected to your community – social prescribing could be something for you.  Social prescribing or Connecting for wellbeing is a way to help people make positive changes in their lives and within their communities by linking to voluntary and community groups and other non-clinical services that can help them to feel more involved in their community, meet new people and make some changes to improve health and wellbeing. You can find out more information at Essex Connects, Connect Well Essex and Live Well.

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