5 Top Tips for Good Health
Eat a healthy balanced diet to maintain a healthy weight
Drink alcohol in moderation – the less alcohol you drink, the lower your risk of cancer
Be smoke free – not smoking is the best thing you can do to prevent cancer
Use sunscreen and spend time in the shade on sunny days
Keep moving! Walking, running, cycling or swimming – whatever you most enjoy, it’s good to stay active
This page gives you more information about living healthily, and links to organisations who can support you.
- There are more than 1 million adults who are overweight or obese in Wessex and therefore at increased risk of developing several types of cancer.
- Knowing your Body Mass Index (BMI) and making healthy eating choices, as well as exercising on a regular basis, will help you to maintain a healthy weight.
- For more information and to check your BMI use the NHS BMI calculator
(online BMI calculator and access to Weight Watchers online)
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Referrals for support with weight management must be made by a health professional, Jobcentre+ or Department of Work and Pensions (DWP)
- Regular physical activity is beneficial for your mental and physical health, and it can help reduce your risk of developing some cancers.
- Being active during and after cancer treatment can help you manage side effects such as cancer related fatigue, and it can help reduce your risk of cancer recurrence.
- We should move in some way every day, and there are several organisations who can support you to lead an active lifestyle.
- There are approximately 300,000 adult smokers in Wessex.
- People who seek support to quit smoking have been more successful than those who try to quit on their own.
- If you are smoke free, your risk of cancer will be significantly reduced.
- Alcohol is known to cause cancer and is a major risk factor for breast and bowel cancer, the second and third most prevalent cancers in Wessex.
- There is a recommended limit on how much alcohol an adult should consume. This is often measured in units.
- Knowing your units will help you stay in control of your drinking. Visit the NHS Drink Less page for more information