Free services for a healthier you

  • 24
  • Mar

It’s that time of year when, after overindulging a bit, we’re all thinking about making some new healthier habits. With the right support and motivation, you can make small changes to improve your health right away and double your chances of staying healthy as you get older.

The One You Islington website offers a number of different apps, service information and health information to help you get healthy in 2018.

Below are some of the activities and services you can access for free this year to help you on your journey to a healthier you.

How Are You? Quiz

If you are unsure about where to start with making new lifestyle changes, why not take the How Are You quiz? and see how you score. It provides some tips for you to start developing healthy lifestyle changes.

Get Active Your Way

Fitting physical activity into your day is easier than you think. If going to the gym is a struggle, why not integrate some more movement into your day in creative ways?

Move more

There’s lots of free support in Islington to help you move more around the borough. Rebalance offer a free 12-week group weight-loss programme of exercise and dietary advice for adults. Once you complete the course you can also get a reduced gym membership as part of the scheme offer.

In Islington just under 2,000 people joined the Rebalance programme, resulting in a healthier and more active lifestyle. Nine out of 10 people were more active after completing the free 12-week programme. Do you need support to get active and learn more about healthy eating? Find more information on Rebalance here.

If you would rather increase your physical activity on your own, there’s a number of walking apps, groups and routes to discover in Islington, which you can see here.

Be Sugar SMART

Did you know that some people eat up to 40 teaspoons of sugar in their food and drink every day? That’s more than five time the recommended daily allowance. Kids are getting half their sugar intake from soft drinks and unhealthy snacks like cake and biscuits. Too much sugar can lead to the build-up of harmful fat, and having this far around vital organs can cause weight gain and serious diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers.

Lots of Islington businesses have pledged to make their businesses healthier by reducing the amount of sugar that their staff and customers consume- businesses such as Islington Emirates, GLL and City University have signed up.

There’s lots of different ways that you can cut back on your sugar intake.

Make a sugar swap with these sugar swap ideas.

Try the sugar calculator to find out how much sugar you or your child may be having.

Swap soft drinks, juice drinks and flavoured milk for water, lower-fat milks and diet, sugar free, or no added sugar drinks. Get tips for drinks swaps here.

Families 4 Life

In Islington you and your family can access Families 4 Life, which is a fun programme of activities open to all families who have a child aged 2-11. You can attend a series of free workshops over four or six weeks across Islington, including fun and active play, healthy eating, cooking and eating together. Contact Marjon.willers@nhs.net to book your families place in January.

Make 2019 the year you stop smoking for good

New Year is the perfect time to make some changes and stopping smoking is the best thing you’ll ever do for your health. Visit www.breathestopsmoking.org or call 020 3633 2609 to get free local support that suits you best: tips to stop by yourself, personalised help from a specialist advisor online or over the phone, or face to face support to help you every step of the way. Over 1,400 Islington residents used local stop smoking support between 2017 and 2018, why not join them in 2019?

Cut down on alcohol in January

Drinking alcohol most nights? The units soon add up. Many of us enjoy a glass of something alcoholic to chill out, have fun or generally pass the time but how much we drink can increase without us really thinking about it.

Take the alcohol test for free, quick and personalised advice about your drinking. Cut down and feel the benefits. www.drinkcoach.org.uk

Having more drink free days will help you reduce the risk that alcohol can have on your health.

If you want local, confidential support for you or a family member affected by drugs or alcohol problems visit the Better Lives website, or call 0203 317 6099.

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