Your health is very important.
These pages will help you find advice and services to keep you healthy.
We all have a duty to look after ourselves and our loved ones in many ways – from brushing your teeth twice a day to getting the right treatment for serious problems.
When it comes to good health, there’s no big secret. Here are 10 things you can do today to improve your health – for further details see NHS Choices website
1. Check your weight
Nearly three in 10 women and four in 10 men in England are overweight. Obesity causes 9,000 premature deaths every year and, on average, reduces life expectancy by nine years.
2. Drink less
Most people are unaware that regularly drinking more alcohol than is advised by the NHS can lead to a wide range of long-term health problems, including cancers, strokes, and heart attacks.
3. Eat less salt and fat
Excessive salt and fat in our diets is a major cause of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
4. Exercise regularly
The benefits of exercise aren't limited to losing weight. Even if you’re slim, you’ll still get health benefits from exercising.
5. Eat more fruit and veg
For a healthy and balanced diet, try to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.
6. Keep stress in check
In 2010/11 around 400,000 people in the UK reported work-related stress at a level they believed was making them ill
7. Improve your sleep
If you’re not getting enough sleep, it can affect relationships, your performance at work, and it can delay recovery from illness.
8. Quit smoking
The health benefits of quitting smoking are immediate. After 20 minutes, your blood pressure and pulse return to normal. After 24 hours, your lungs start to clear. After three days you can breathe more easily, and your energy increases. Keep it up and you’re adding years to your life.
9. Get a sexual health test
You can’t tell by looking at someone whether they’ve got an infection, so it’s important to get a check-up if you’ve ever had unprotected sex.
10. Check that lump
One in three people in England is diagnosed with cancer at some time in their life. Detecting most cancers early means that treatment is more likely to be successful.
Public Health Southampton has a wealth of information on their website including a comprehensive assessment of health and wellbeing needs in the City.