Giving up smoking is easier if you have support, and you’ll find all kinds of information and help at www.smokefreelifenottinghamshire.co.uk. And if you’d like to use nicotine replacement products, these are available from your local pharmacy. As well as the health benefits, a good incentive is to see how much money you’ll save at www.nhs.uk/tools/documents/smoking%20calculator.html.
It’s easy to let your alcohol intake build up over the festive season, so if you’re looking to cut back, your pharmacist, nurse or doctor can offer advice. Men and women are advised not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis.
Exercise should be something you enjoy. Rushcliffe Country Park holds parkruns – find out more at www.parkrun.org/rushcliffe. Even a brisk walk for 30 minutes, 5 times a week will bring a whole host of health benefits. You’ll find details of local fitness classes at http://ruddingtonparishcouncil.gov.uk/index.php/whats-on/health-fitness. And if losing weight is your goal for the New Year, then you’ll find a list of local slimming groups on there too.
Kay Garrett &
Emma Anderson, Pharmacist, Evans Pharmacy