The #BetterHealth campaign launches today (Monday 26th July 2021).
It offers tips and free tools - including the NHS Weight Loss Plan app - for anyone working towards a healthier weight. Let’s do this
The Better Health webpage (nhs.uk/BetterHealth) provides tools to help people improve their health and lose weight including:
● Weight Loss: NHS Weight Loss Plan app BMI Calculator NHS Easy Meals app NHS Food Scanner app
● Get more active: NHS Couch to 5K app NHS Active 10 app
● Reduce alcohol intake: NHS Drink Free Days app
All the above apps are free and can be downloaded via the App Store or Google Play.
Live Well Oxfordshire
A guide about services in Oxfordshire for adults (18+).
You can also find information and advice online at www.oxfordshire.gov.uk about other ways that you can be supported.
Oxfordshire County Council – Live Well Oxfordshire website:
Have you ever wondered how to find out about local wellbeing activities and services for your patients? The Live Well Oxfordshire website is Oxfordshire County Council’s online directory of over 2000 activities and services available across the county.
For more information please click on the attachment
The directory can be accessed here: livewell.Oxfordshire
NHS Live Well - Advice and Tips
Advice, tips and tools to help you make the best choices about your health and wellbeing
Get Well, Keep Well
Of course we’re not just here for when you are unwell. Our team of healthcare professionals and back-up staff offer a number of clinics and services to promote good health and wellbeing whatever your medical condition.
Public Health England has launched a major new adult health campaign to seize the opportunity for a nation reset moment. Better Health aims to capture the imagination of the nation, using this unique moment in time to help kick start out health to eat better and get active. Covid-19 has affected the whole country; for almost everyone, life has had to fundamentally change, but it has also prompted many people to reflect and think more seriously about their health.
The brand-new Better Health webpage is available at https://www.nhs.uk/better-health/. It provides tools to help you manage your weight loss - from checking your BMI, access to free support tools including the NHS 12-week weight loss plan. It will help you to make healthier choices by providing you with the most up to date evidence based healthy eating and physical activity advice in a magazine format that enables you to keep track of your calorie intake, portions of fruit and veg, physical activity levels and teaches skills to prevent weight gain.
PHE are also working with a number of well-known weight management providers that will be offering exclusive discounts across their weight loss programmes. Partners include, WW Weight Watchers reimagined, Slimming World and Get Slim, get health. For full details of these offers and to find out about other Better Health Partner, please visit https://www.nhs.uk/better-health/.
We Are Undefeatable is a national campaign to support the 15 million people who live with one or more long-term health conditions in England.
Launched in August 2019, it aims to help those with conditions such as diabetes, cancer, arthritis and Parkinson’s to build physical activity into their lives.
The campaign is led by a collaboration of 15 leading health and social care charities and benefits from our expertise and insight, along with National Lottery funding.
Click on the link below to find out more
Why the campaign is needed
One in four people in England live with a long-term health condition, and individuals in this group are twice as likely to be inactive despite evidence that being active can help manage many conditions and help reduce the impact and severity of some symptoms.
Even small amounts of activity can make a significant difference to overall health and wellbeing.
About the campaign
We Are Undefeatable has been launched to inspire, reassure and support people to be active by showing people living with a variety of conditions – both visible and invisible – on their own journeys to being active.
Dehydration occurs when the body loses more fluid than it takes in. It is particularly common in older people due to:
- medications - some medications have a diuretic effect whilst others can cause increased sweating.
- decreased thirst - a person's thirst can lessen with age
- mobility problems - or reliance on others to provide drinks can result in insufficient fluid in-take.
- memory problems - without prompting some people forget to drink enough fluids
- reluctance to drink - many older people are reluctant to drink to avoid the need to go the toilet.
- decreased kidney function - as our bodies age they lose kidney function and ware are less able to conserve fluid.
Recognising the signs can help prevent serious illness.
Mild to moderate symptoms
- feeling thirsty and lightheaded
- dry mouth
- dark coloured, strong smelling urine
- passing urine less often than usual
- dry skin
As people age, their sense of thirst and appetite reduces and they become less interested in cooking nutritious meals and maintaining good levels of hydration.
There are many reasons why a balanced diet and adequate levels of hydration are beneficial. Patients that are well nourished and hydrated are less likely to get a urinary tract infection. A balanced diet that includes 6-8 glasses of water a day can improve a patients immune system and reduce their recovery time from common minor ailments.
Hydration does not always have to come from fluids. There are lots of foods out there that are not only nutritious, but have a high water content too. Elderly patients and children may find them more enjoyable.
Some examples are cucumber, melon, ice cream, soup.
To check if you are drinking enough click on the link below.
Are you drinking enough