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Health and wellbeing Research suggests that there are key actions we can take to maintain our physical health and mental wellbeing as we grow older. By making a few small changes to the way we live, we can make big changes to our own health, and

this can have a beneficial impact on the wellbeing of our family members and those we care for. The following are the key ways to maintain our physical health and mental wellbeing.

First for Wellbeing This is a Community Interest Company founded by Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust, the University of Northampton and Northamptonshire County Council designed to deliver integrated health and wellbeing services across the county. Dedicated wellbeing advisers work with people on an individual basis to help identify key areas of their wellbeing that they want – or need – to improve on. First for Wellbeing recognises that becoming and remaining well is impacted by many facets of our lives – from physical and emotional, to financial pressures and our community – which are almost always connected. By assessing someone’s health and wellbeing needs in a more holistic way, across all areas of wellbeing, it is able to connect people with a ‘full offer’ of services and programmes to enable them to take control of their lives. First for Wellbeing offers eight core wellbeing services: 1. Weight management.

2. Stop smoking. 3. Emotional wellbeing. 4. Alcohol management. 5. Financial wellbeing. 6. Social wellbeing. 7. Housing support. 8. Adult and employment learning. It also includes a number of services and facilities, including: • LibraryPlus services; • Country Parks; • Knuston Hall; and • Northamptonshire Sport. First for Wellbeing offers a free 10-minute online wellbeing assessment and one-on-one support – visit www.firstforwellbeing.co.uk, email info@firstforwellbeing.co.uk or call 0300 126 5000 for more information.

Stop smoking Did you know that you are four times more likely to give up smoking with professional support, as opposed to going it alone? Experts agree that giving up smoking is the single most beneficial thing you can do to improve your health. In just one year of quitting, you would have halved your risk of heart disease.

Get in touch to find out more or book an appointment to start your journey to a better, healthier life. Book your appointment to stop smoking today, call 0300 126 5700. Alternatively, take our free wellbeing assessment or speak to a wellbeing adviser on 0300 126 5000.

Alcohol harm reduction Drinking more than the recommended daily allowance of alcohol can increase your risk of developing a drinking related illness.

The guideline for both men and women is: • to keep health risks from alcohol to a low level, it is safest not to drink more than 14 units a week on a

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Northamptonshire Care Services Directory 2017/18  

The comprehensive guide to choosing and paying for care.

Northamptonshire Care Services Directory 2017/18  

The comprehensive guide to choosing and paying for care.