Healthy Lifestyle

What is a Healthy Lifestyle?

A healthy lifestyle leaves you fit, energetic and at reduced risk for disease, based on the choices you make about your daily habits. Good nutrition, daily exercise and adequate sleep are the foundations for continuing a good healthy lifestyle.

Healthy Eating:

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health, and can help you feel your best. This means eating a wide variety of foods in the right proportions, and consuming the right amount of food and drink to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.

Healthy Eating Well Guide:

For a more in-depth look into the healthy eating then you can follow the NHS links below:

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/the-eatwell-guide/

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/eight-tips-for-healthy-eating/

Recommended Physical Activity Levels:

In September the new Physical Activity Guidelines were released; For Adults between the ages of 19 to 64 years you should aim to accumulate a minimum of 150+ minutes of moderate intensity activity such as brisk walking or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity such as running.

For older Adults 65 and above you should also aim to accumulate 150+ minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity such as walking. For those already regularly active you should aim for 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity. Strength and balance at least 2 times a week.

Suicide Prevention

Help for suicidal thoughts - If you're feeling like you want to die, it's important to tell someone.

Help and support is available right now if you need it. You don't have to struggle with difficult feelings alone.

Phone a helpline

These free helplines are there to help when you're feeling down or desperate.

Unless it says otherwise, they're open 24 hours a day, every day.

Samaritans – for everyone Call 116 123
Email jo@samaritans.org

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – for men
Call 0800 58 58 58 – 5pm to midnight every day
Visit the webchat page

Papyrus – for people under 35
Call 0800 068 41 41 – Monday to Friday 10am to 10pm, weekends 2pm to 10pm, bank holidays 2pm to 5pm
Text 07786 209697
Email pat@papyrus-uk.org

Childline – for children and young people under 19
Call 0800 1111 – the number won't show up on your phone bill

Talk to someone you trust

Let family or friends know what's going on for you. They may be able to offer support and help keep you safe.

There's no right or wrong way to talk about suicidal feelings – starting the conversation is what's important.

Who else you can talk to

If you find it difficult to talk to someone you know, you could:

  • call your GP – ask for an emergency appointment
  • call 111 out of hours – they will help you find the support and help you need

Important

Is your life in danger?

If you have seriously harmed yourself – for example, by taking a drug overdose – call 999 for an ambulance or go straight to A&E.

Or ask someone else to call 999 or take you to A&E.

Tips for coping right now

  • try not to think about the future – just focus on getting through today
  • stay away from drugs and alcohol
  • get yourself to a safe place, like a friend's house
  • be around other people
  • do something you usually enjoy, such as spending time with a pet

Worried about someone else?

If you're worried about someone, try to get them to talk to you. Ask open-ended questions like: "How do you feel about...?"

Don't worry about having the answers. Just listening to what someone has to say and taking it seriously can be more helpful.

Male Cancers

Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is cancer of the prostate gland. Cancer is when abnormal cells start to divide and grow in an uncontrolled way. The cells can grow into surrounding tissues or organs, and may spread to other areas of the body.

Symptoms of prostate cancer can include:

•needing to pee more frequently, often during the night

•needing to rush to the toilet

•difficulty in starting to pee (hesitancy)

•straining or taking a long time while peeing

•weak flow

•feeling that your bladder has not emptied fully

• Blood in urine or blood in semen – Rare.

What increases the risks of developing prostate cancer:

  • Age (Older males are more likely to get)
  • Genetics and family history
  • Lifestyle factors
  • Other medical conditions

For more information click here: www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/prostate-cancer

Penile cancer


Penile cancer is cancer of the penis. It is a rare cancer in the UK. It can develop anywhere on the penis but is most common under the foreskin in men who haven't been circumcised or on the head of the penis (the glans).

Signs and Symptoms

  • Bleeding from your penis
  • A foul smelling discharge
  • A rash on your penis
  • Difficulty in drawing back your foreskin (phimosis)
  • A change in the colour of your penis or foreskin

Who is at risk?

  • Men over the age of 50
  • Human palliloma virus (HPV) – a common infection and for most people it causes no harm
  • Smoking

For more information click here: www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/penile-cancer

Testicular Cancer

Testicular cancer is cancer that develops in the testicles, which are part of a man's reproductive system.

Signs and symptoms

  • A lump or swelling in the testicle
  • A heavy scrotum
  • Discomfort or pain in a testicle or the scrotum

Who is at risk?

  • Younger men are more likely to get testicular cancer. Men in their early 30s are the most likely to get it.

For more information click here: www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/testicular-cancer

Remember these are signs and symptoms for information only but if you have any concerns please visit your GP.

Health Check

What is an NHS Health Check?

The NHS Health check is a free check-up of your overall health. It can tell you whether you're at higher risk of getting certain health problems, such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Stroke

If you're over 65, you will also be told the signs and symptoms of dementia to look out for.

If you're aged 40 – 74 and you haven't had a stroke, or you don't already have heart disease, diabetes or kidney disease, you should have an NHS Health Check every five years.

How do I get an NHS Health Check?

You'll be invited for a free NHS Health Check every five years if you're between 40 and 74 years of age and do not already have heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease or high blood pressure or taking certain types of medication.

If you're registered with a GP surgery that offers the NHS Health Check, you should automatically get an invitation. Don't worry if you haven't been invited yet – you will be over the next five years.

If you're not sure if you're eligible for an NHS Health Check and would like one, or if you are eligible but haven't had an NHS Health Check in the last five years, ask you GP for an appointment now.

www.leicestershire.gov.uk/healthchecks

Mental Health

Mental Health

What is Mental Health?

Mental health is about how we think, feel and behave. One in four people in the UK has a mental health problem at some point, which can affect their daily life, relationships or physical health

Support Available:

MIND Charity:

If you feel like you are suffering from a form of Mental Health, that's okay. There are great services available for you who offer support and guidance such as MIND.

MIND; provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. They're dedicated charities who are determined for everyone experiencing a mental health problem to get support and respect.

On their website they have information regarding the different types of mental health problems, drugs and treatments available along with relevant steps for helping someone else amongst much more!

For more information about the excellent work MIND do, or if you need help and support then you can follow the link https://www.mind.org.uk/ or contact them on 020 8519 2122.

Sane:

SANE is a UK wide mental health charity. SANE work to improve the quality of life for anyone affected by mental illness.

SANE has three main objectives:-

To Raise awareness and combat stigma about mental illness, educating and campaigning to improve mental health services.

To Provide care and emotional support for people with mental health problems, their families and carers as well as information for other organisations and the public.

To Initiate research into the causes and treatments of serious mental illness such as schizophrenia and depression and the psychological and social impact of mental illness.

Physical Activity on Mental Health:

There are many studies which have shown that doing physical activity can improve mental health. Some of the benefits are as follows:

  • Better sleep – by making you feel more tired at the end of the day
  • Happier moods – physical activity releases feel-good hormones that make you feel better in yourself and give you more energy
  • Managing stress, anxiety or intrusive and racing thoughts – doing something physical releases cortisol which helps us manage stress. Being physically active also gives your brain something to focus on and can be a positive coping strategy for difficult times

More information can be found at the following: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/physical-activity-and-your-mental-health/#.XZWrzFW2mig