Get healthy in 2020

Published: Tuesday, January 7, 2020

If your new year’s resolution is to get fit and health, make the most of the free help on offer from the council.

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The Active Lifestyle programme

A good first step is to take a snapshot of your health.  Visit wandsworth.gov.uk/oneyou for a link to a five minute online How Are You? quiz. You can also visit your GP for a free NHS Healthcheck – find out more.

Every week, 15 people in Wandsworth are told they have diabetes. If you are concerned you might be at risk, you can check using a simple online tool. 

Diabetes Know Your Risk online tool

The council’s health spokesman Cllr Melanie Hampton said: “It’s easy to start the year vowing to get healthier, but sticking with it is much harder. But if you just do one thing, like quitting smoking, cutting down on alcohol or moving more, it will make a massive difference to you and your family. There’s lots of support available to help you, so take that first step now.”

Stopping smoking is the single best thing you can do to improve your health. The Wandsworth Stop Smoking Service offers free help, advice and access to Nicotine Replacement Therapy and other stop smoking medications. It’s helped hundreds of people to quit cigarettes, vaping and e-cigarettes and you can get support over the phone or in person. Get in touch now.

You can check if you are drinking at unsafe levels by using the online Wandsworth Drink Checker test. If you need help to cut down, find out about free local support.

To get fit, find out about sport facilities and leisure centres near you. There are also other fun ways to get fit, including a new course to help you lose weight through playing football, and special courses for older people including free led walks and the Active Lifestyles programme of weekly classes for over 50s. Find out more about how to get fit.

Kick the Fat weight loss scheme

If you want to lose weight and improve your diet, find out about sources of advice and support. You can also find out about local weight management groups and see if you are eligible for free vouchers for a Slimming World or Weight Watchers programme.

If you have concerns about your mental health, Talk Wandsworth offers confidential support for people experiencing mild mental health conditions such as anxiety, low mood and stress. You can get face-to-face counselling or online via Skype and online mental health services SilverCloud and ieso. Visit www.talkwandsworth.nhs.uk

If you are concerned about your sexual health, visit Sexual Health South West London to get more information and book an appointment. The video below shows the various ways you can access sexual health help in Wandsworth, including clinics and outreach centres.