Healthy Living - Events and Campaigns
There are also a number of National Health Weeks being held On the Worcestershire County Council website there are a number of healthy living campaigns that have been run over the last year.
Falls Prevention Campaign
Falls are a major issue in Worcestershire. With 30% of over 65's living in the community falling each year – this could be as many as 32,000 older people falling in Worcestershire every year. Falling can often result in fractures and being admitted hospital.
As part of UK Older People's Day on the 1 October 2014, Worcestershire Falls Prevention group are highlighting the simple ways you can change your lifestyle to reduce the risk factors associated with falling, by eating a healthy diet, keeping hydrated and moving more!
Local falls prevention and other services
Older adults who take part in any physical activity gain physical and mental health benefits. Older adults should aim to be active daily; making sure that in total they are doing 30 minutes of moderate exercise a week - adding up to 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity per week. All older adults should also minimise the amount of time they are sedentary.
Below are a number of key leaflets and factsheets around raising awareness of falls prevention, along with a list of local falls prevention and other key services.
Local Exercise Classes
If you would like to know more about the local falls prevention service or have any enquires please contact the Falls Prevention Team on 01905 681 769 or visit www.hacw.nhs.uk/our-services/falls-prevention
Good nutrition keeps muscles, bones, organs and other parts of the body stronger for longer. Eating vitamin-rich based food boosts immunity and fights illness-causing toxins. A healthy diet reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type-2 diabetes and cancer.
Adults are recommended to drink 6 to 8 glasses a day to prevent dehydration. Drinking plenty of fluid can reduce your risk of urinary infections, constipation, cognitive impairment, low blood pressure, and pressure ulcers and other skin complaints.
NHS Health Checks
NHS Worcestershire is offering free Health Checks to those aged 40-74, giving you an indication of your risk of developing these conditions over the next ten years. The Health Check involves answering some simple questions about your lifestyle, taking measurements such as height, weight and blood pressure and having a blood test to check your cholesterol. After the check you can discuss your results with a healthcare professional and receive personalised support to help reduce your risk.
For more information regarding health please call the Public health Practitioner for Wychavon, Clare Charlton on 01386 565182.