Staying Healthy

Staying Healthy

Stay well this winter

Stay well this winter

Winter can be seriously bad for our health but there a number of things you can do to keep you and your family well this winter. Visit for helpful tips and advice

  • Cold weather can be very harmful, especially for people aged 65 or older: it weakens the immune system, increases blood pressure, thickens the blood and lowers body temperature, increasing risks of high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, and chest infections. Don’t put off getting the flu vaccination. If you’re eligible get it now. It’s free because you need it.
  • If you start to feel unwell, even if it is just a cough or cold, don’t wait until it gets more serious, get help from your pharmacist. The sooner you get advice the better – pharmacists are here to help you stay well this winter.
  • If you’ve been prescribed medication, don’t forget to pick up your prescription before the Christmas holidays start. Many GPs and pharmacies will close over the holidays.
  • If you do need help over the holiday period when your GP surgery or pharmacy is closed, call NHS 111 or visit who can direct you to a local service that is open.
  • It is important to keep warm in winter – both inside and outdoors as it can help to prevent colds, flu and more serious health problems, such as heart attacks, strokes pneumonia and depression. Heat your home to at least 18°C (65°F), if you can, you might prefer your living room to be slightly warmer.
  • The Stay Well This Winter campaign can help you prepare for winter. Visit for more information.

Ready for a new you?

With the right support and motivation, you can make small changes to improve your health right away and double your chances of staying healthy as you get older. A good way to decide which lifestyle changes to make is to take the free online How Are You health quiz. It provides personalised recommendations based on your results and directs you to tools that help you take action.

Public Health England's top tips for keeping healthy:

  •  Eat well - a healthy diet can help you look and feel great
  • Move more – fit exercise into your daily routine
  • Be smoke free – smoking causes you and your family real harm
  • Drink less – it’s important for your health to understand how much you drink   

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