Ten tips for better health

The Chief Medical Officer for England has set out ten tips for better health:

TIP 1. Don’t smoke and don’t breathe others’ tobacco smoke.
Find out more about the effects of smoking by visiting SmokeFree


TIP 2. Eat at least 5 portions of fruit and veg each day and cut down on fat, salt and added sugar.
Find out more about how to have a healthy diet on the Food Standards Agency’s Eat Well, Be Well site.
Learn more about what counts as 5 a day at:  5 A DAY


TIP 3. Be physically active for at least 30 minutes, 5 days a week. This can be done in 3 x 10 minute segments.
Find out from NHS Direct why exercise is an essential part of a healthy
lifestyle. For top walking tips you can check out the Transport for London’s Walk Finder


TIP 4. Maintain, or aim for, a healthy weight (BMI* 20-25).
Check out the Guide to Losing Weight on the National Electronic Library for Health (PDF) or have a look at the tips and advice on the
Food Standards Agency’s Eat Well, Be Well website.


TIP 5. If you drink alcohol, have no more than 2-3 units a day (women) or 3-4 units a day (men).
Visit the unit calculator provided by the Drink Aware Trust


TIP 6. 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.


TIP 7. Practise safer sex – use a condom.
Learn more about sexual health from the Sex Worth Talking About website. Or text txtm8 on 89868 to ask any question relating to sex and relationships and get a free reply within 30 minutes – open 8am to 2am, 365 days a year.


TIP 8. Make the decision to go for cancer screening when invited.
Visit the NHS Cancer Screening website.


TIP 9. On the roads, THINK safety.
Find road safety advice on the Think Road Safety website.


TIP 10. Manage stress levels – talking things through, relaxation and physical activity can help.
Find out more about stress on NHS Direct



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