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Public health - top tips for better health

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The following tips give you some ideas about what you can do to improve or maintain your health.

  • Don't smoke and don't breathe others' tobacco smoke.
  • Eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables each day and cut down on fat, salt and sugar.
  • Get active:  adults are recommended to do at least 150 minutes of moderate activity in total every week (e.g. 10 minutes, three times a day on at least 5 days). Children over 5 and young people need at least twice as much. For more detailed guidelines about physical activity visit the NHS Choices health and fitness pages.
  • Maintain, or aim for, a healthy weight (a BMI of between 20-25). If you'd like to calculate your BMI, you can do so by visiting this NHS BMI calculator.
  • If you drink alcohol, have no more than 2-3 units a day (women) or 3-4 units a day (men). Visit NHS alcohol calculator for more information about units and how to calculate your alcohol intake.
  • Protect yourself from the sun. Cover up, keep in the shade, never burn and use factor 15 plus sunscreen. Take extra care to protect children - make sure they always wear plenty of sunscreen.
  • Practise safer sex - use a condom.
  • Make the decision to go for cancer screening when invited.
  • On the roads, think safety. Keep an eye out for vulnerable road users, such as cyclists and motorcyclists - keep your distance and watch your speed.
  • Manage your stress levels - talking things through, relaxation and physical activity can all help reduce stress. Visit NHS Choices for more information on managing stress.
  • If you are worried about your health, go and talk to your GP.
You can get more detailed information from the individual public health pages.

Last updated: 16 October 2013

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