Making small changes to your habits and lifestyle today can have a huge influence on your health, and can decrease your risk of serious illnesses by up to 60% and double your chances of staying healthy as you get older.

One You can help you get back to a healthier you, and support you to make simple changes towards a longer and happier life.

Stopping smoking is the best thing you can do for your health. No matter how long you've smoked for, quitting helps to improve your health straight away

  • You can get free support from the NHS Smokefree site including a quit kit, app, text messages and emails.
  • Your local pharmacy can also help you quit smoking. They'll provide free advice and can assist you in choosing the best products to help you cut down and quit if you need these. Find your local pharmacy.
  • If you feel you need 1-2-1 support, or have other issues that are affecting you trying to quit, then the Wellbeing Service can help. They offer support at venues across the City and it's a free service. Email wellbeing@portsmouthcc.gov.uk or call 023 9229 4001. Your GP can also refer you. 

It’s easy to let drinking sneak up on you and you may be drinking more alcohol than you realise.  Drinking too much, or too often, impacts your body in many ways, from gaining weight to reducing the quality of your sleep. More seriously, it increases your risk of developing health problems such as high blood pressure, liver problems, heart attack and some types of cancer.

  • Drinkline is the national alcohol helpline. If you're worried about your own or someone else's drinking, you can call this free number in complete confidence 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am – 8pm, weekends 11am – 4pm).
  • If you feel you need in person support, or have other issues that are affecting how much you drink, then the Wellbeing Service can help. They offer support at venues across the City and it's a free service. Email wellbeing@portsmouthcc.gov.uk or call 023 9229 4001. Your GP can also refer you.
  • There are some apps that can help you keep an eye on how much you're drinking and help you have several days a week free from drinking: www.nhs.uk/oneyou/apps
  • If you think your drinking has become a problem or you can't cope without having a drink then you can contact Alcoholics Anonymous. They offer group support meetings for anyone who wants to stop drinking.
  • There are also other services in the City to help if you feel you've become dependent on alcohol. PUSH (Portsmouth Users Self Help) is a friendly community group where attendees support each other. The Recovery Hub provides a recovery-focussed space that is welcoming to all.
  • If alcohol is affecting your health then your GP can provide further help and information on suitable support for you in cutting back.

A healthy diet can help you look and feel great. It can also stop you gaining weight, which is a key factor in many health problems.

Being active is really good for your body, mind and health. If you don’t do enough exercise, you increase your risk of getting heart disease and some types of cancer. Getting some exercise each day can also help prevent depression and dementia.

It's recommended that you do at least 2.5 hours of moderate exercise a week - something that makes your heart rate go up. This doesn’t need to mean joining a gym though as there are lots of easy ways to move more and many can be worked into activities that you're doing every day anyway, like getting to work. Doing something is better than nothing. Start small and build up gradually

  • The health and fitness page on NHS Choices provides guidelines on how much exercise you should do as well as offering lots of great ideas for being active
  • Visit our getting active page for information on different types of activity you can get involved in around the City. You might be able to get a leisure card which entitles you to discounts at some facilities.
  • If you feel you need 1-2-1 support, or have other issues that are affecting you getting fitter then the Wellbeing Service can help. They offer support at venues across the City and it's a free service. Email wellbeing@portsmouthcc.gov.uk or call 023 9229 4001. Your GP can also refer you. 

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