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HEALTHY KNOWSLEY with Councillor Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care

LOOK AFTER YOURSELF THIS FESTIVE SEASON

With the festivities approaching, it can be a time of very mixed emotions for people. Some relish this time of year, whilst others dread it due to a number of factors including financial pressures or feeling lonely.

The main thing is that help and support is available.

If you are worried about paying for Christmas and would welcome financial and budgeting advice, then the Citizens Advice Bureau can provide advice via a web chat, face-to-face or over the phone. Find out more at www.knowsleycitizenadvice.org.uk or call 0300 330 9008. Don’t feel pressured to over-buy - others may be in the same situation as you so stick to an agreed limit.

We can all play our part by ensuring any vulnerable neighbours or relatives know they aren't on their own - just a cup of tea or asking if they need any shopping or prescriptions picking up can make a huge difference.  There’s also lots of community groups across Knowsley who can inspire you to get out and about and meet new friends - find out more at www.thelivewelldirectory.com

Also at this time of year, it’s so easy to over-indulge in food and drink. From mince pies to mulled wine, everyone has their favourite seasonal treat, which can be enjoyed in moderation. 

To help minimise your chances of indulgence turning into overindulgence and a January full of regrets, follow these simple steps:

•  Don’t starve yourself to save calories - this will result in you feeling hungry and consuming even more!

•  Practise portion control - some people find it helps to use a smaller plate.

•  Limit your alcohol intake by alternating alcoholic drinks with low-calorie soft drinks or water.  If you want a break from the booze in the New Year, you can sign-up to Dry January at www.dryjanuary.org.uk

•  Keep in touch with friends and family (such as going for a walk) - it’s a good distraction too from food and drink! Remember that it’s not all or nothing - healthy living is all about balance and moderation.

I hope you enjoy the festivities and best wishes for the New Year

Posted by on December 4th, 2018

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