Take some time out and make time for your health

The nights are getting longer and the days are getting colder, and now is a great time to create some new habits to help maintain your health through the winter.

Throughout October Warwickshire County Council is encouraging residents to take the opportunity to take steps to help themselves and to improve their health.

October is also known as Stoptober, a month long initiative asking smokers to quit the habit for 28 days and research has shown that those who quit for 28 days are five times more likely to quit for good. There are many health benefits to quitting smoking, not just for you, but also for your family through the reduction in secondhand smoke which also contains many harmful chemicals. To find out more about the stop smoking services across Warwickshire, visit: https://quit4good.warwickshire.gov.uk/

Quitting smoking isn’t the only healthy habit you can take up; October is also Walk to School month. Leaving the car at home and adding more walking to your day, whether that is to school or work, is a great way to help increase your activity levels while also helping to improve your mood and mental wellbeing. The Warwickshire choose how you move site offers a range of tools to help you plan your journey without the use of a car, for more information visit: https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/activetravel

A recently launched website, called AskSARA, the website signposts people to a whole range of gadgets and solutions based on their own personal needs to allow them to remain more independent at home. For example, if someone needs help to stay hydrated or has mobility difficulties as a result of a health condition, AskSARA may suggest the use of a special ‘hand steady’ mug, a falls detector ‘watch’, or a personal alarm. Visit AskSARA to find out more: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/asksara

Councillor Les Caborn, portfolio holder for Adult Social Care and Health said:

“Warwickshire County Council supports our residents to be as healthy as possible and to lead independent lives for as long as possible. Taking some time to review our habits and make some changes for the benefits of our health is a great step we could all take.

“Making some healthy choices for our ourselves can also positively impact those around us, for example, if you’re able to leave the car at home a few days a week and increase your active travel, you will not only feel those benefits but those positive habits may rub off on other members of your household and loved ones.”

For further information about the range of support available across Warwickshire to support your health and wellbeing, visit: https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/health