Taking care of yourself and lifestyle support

At NHS North Yorkshire CCG, we want to empower people to take charge of their own health and make positive lifestyle choices.

Below you will find lots of advice and support tools to help you achieve your goals, whether it’s to stop smoking, lose weight, or exercise more.

There's further information about some of the support programmes available in North Yorkshire, including referral pathways for GPs, here.

Alcohol support

Realising you have a problem with alcohol is the first big step to getting help. You may need help if:

  • you often feel the need to have a drink
  • you get into trouble because of your drinking
  • other people warn you about how much you're drinking
  • you think your drinking is causing you problems

In February 2020, colleagues at North Yorkshire County Council launched an alcohol reduction campaign called Wake Up North Yorkshire. Visit the website, here.

You can also find out more about the support available, here and locally, here, or visit the Frank website for services near you.

Diabetes

Diabetes is a long-term condition which requires lifelong management. There are two main types – type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes.

People with diabetes are at risk of developing complications, for example with their feet. Untreated, these problems can lead to foot ulcer, infections and even (at worst) amputations. However, most foot problems are preventable with good, regular foot care.

For further information, visit Diabetes UK.

Psychological support

  • Diabetes UK have added new webpages to provide lots of information about how diabetes can effect emotional wellbeing, and what can help.
  • Diabetes UK have helpline staff on hand if you need to talk Call: 0345 123 2399 (Call rates apply check with your provider) Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm or via email: helpline@diabetes.org.uk.
  • Diabetes UK have new information on prescription, “My emotions and diabetes,” provides easy to read information and individual action planning, helping people understand the impact of living with diabetes can have on their emotions and how to take steps to improve their emotional health.

See also

Humber Coast and Vale Partnership: support for patients to stay healthy and live well with a long-term condition - Diabetes

Drug addiction

If you need treatment for drug addiction, you're entitled to NHS care in the same way as anyone else who has a health problem.

With the right help and support, it's possible for you to get drug free and stay that way.

There's more information on the NHS website. You can also visit the Frank website to find local drug treatment services.

Eat Well

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. Find out more. You can also visit the NHS Change4Life website and access One You resources.

Exercise

To stay healthy or improve health, adults need to do two types of physical activity each week: aerobic and strength exercises. How much physical activity you need to do each week depends on your age. Find out more. There's also help on North Yorkshire County Council's website.

Healthy body

A healthy lifestyle will make your heart healthier. Here are 10 things you can do to look after your heart.

Healthy Hearts website

Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership has launched Healthy Hearts to reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack among people considered to be most at risk in our area. More information can be found here.

Heart Age Test

Lifestyle-related factors like high blood pressure and high cholesterol, as well as smoking, poor diet and a lack of exercise can increase a person’s risk of developing heart disease or having a stroke.To increase awareness of heart health and reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, Public Health England’s (PHE) Heart Age campaign is encouraging adults to complete the One You Heart Age Test.

Mental Health

Support for your mental health is available on the NHS website. You can also find out more about Children's Mental Health services and Adult Mental Health services on this website.

One You

There’s only One You: information on healthy eating, exercise, stopping smoking, drinking less, reducing stress and sleeping better is here.

Sexual health

Many people with sexually transmitted infections (STIs) do not get symptoms, so it's worth getting tested even if you feel fine. If you think you have an STI, the earlier you're tested, the sooner treatment can be given if it's needed. Find out more. The CCG also commissions sexual health services – find out more, here.

Sleep and tiredness

Feeling exhausted is so common that it has its own acronym, TATT, which stands for "tired all the time". Unexplained tiredness is one of the most common reasons for people to see their GP. Find out more. There's further information on North Yorkshire County Council's website.

Smoking and smoking cessation

Smoking harms nearly every organ in the body and is the primary cause of preventable illness and premature death. Your chance of getting a serious health problem such as lung cancer or heart disease is dramatically increased if you are a smoker. Stopping smoking will make drastic improvements to your health and lifestyle, and also protect the health of those around you such as your family and friends. You can find out more and get access to support here.

Weight

Weight gain occurs when you regularly eat and drink more calories than you burn through normal bodily functions and physical activity. To lose weight, you should try to cut down on how much you eat and drink and be more active. Find out more.

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Easy Read patient leaflets

Easy Read patient leaflets are available at www.easyhealth.org.uk