In June, Warwickshire County Council encourages people to take action to improve their general health.
Adopting a healthy and balanced lifestyle can impact your quality of life in many ways, from improving your overall mood to extending your lifespan. And there are many small ways to impact your daily life.
A balanced diet is an essential basis for healthy living. Most of us don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables, which are excellent sources of vitamins, minerals and fibre. You should aim to eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day.
As the temperature warms up, it’s also important to stay hydrated throughout the day, especially if you’re spending time outdoors in the sun. The best drink for staying hydrated is water, but low-fat milk and sugar-free beverages, including tea and coffee, also count toward the recommended six to eight glasses of fluid per day.
You can learn more about healthy eating, including how much of each food group to include in your diet, via our healthy eating web pages.
With longer days and (hopefully) better weather, it’s a great time of year to get out and be more physically active. Regular exercise is linked to a greater sense of well-being and reduced rates of depression and anxiety in all age groups. Doing as little as 10 minutes of activity can boost your mood, and physical activity doesn’t have to be strenuous to make a difference. In fact, walking more is a great way to start if you don’t exercise regularly. Learn more about how to stay active.
Although it is important to stay active and eat well, there is no way to completely prevent the risk of developing diseases such as cancer or diabetes. Accepting offers from your GP for check-ups or screenings can be invaluable in supporting your long-term good health.
June 13-19 is Diabetes Awareness Week. You can make an appointment with your GP to check if you are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. You can also use an online tool from Diabetes UK to calculate your risk. A healthy, active lifestyle is the first place to start if you’re looking to reduce your risk, and there’s support to help you make the changes you need.
June 13-19 is also Men’s Health Week, and this year’s theme is “it’s time for your WORD”. It is a call to men to become aware of what is going on in their body and their mind. If there’s a health issue that’s been on your mind for some time, take the opportunity to have it checked by your GP or via NHS 111.
Meanwhile, June 20-26 is Cervical Cancer Screening Awareness Week. All women and people with a cervix between the ages of 25 and 64 will be invited by post to regular screenings. Cervical screening is one of the best ways to prevent cervical cancer, by checking for cervical cell changes and a high-risk virus called HPV.
Cllr Margaret Bell, portfolio holder for Adult Health and Social Care, said:
“Our health is one of the most important and irreplaceable things we have, and if we all make a few small changes to our lifestyles this month, we could see a big impact. Summer is the perfect time to start walking outside regularly and incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables into our diet.
“We are fortunate to have many fast and efficient screening processes through the NHS, and I would encourage anyone who has been asked to take advantage of them. Prevention is far better than cure, and with many of these conditions, the earlier they are discovered, the better the outcome.
You can learn more about maintaining a healthy lifestyle on our health and wellness pages.