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HEALTHY KNOWSLEY

Healthy Knowsley with Matthew Ashton, Director  of Public Health for Knowsley and Sefton

Hi and welcome to my first column for The Challenge.  I’m the Director of Public Health for Knowsley and Sefton and each month, I’ll be letting you know about upcoming initiatives as well as tips and advice to boost your health and wellbeing.

Many of us will have set a New Year’s resolution - stop smoking, drink less, exercise more, lose weight – and we can support you to achieve your aims.

Knowsley’s Stop Smoking service offers a range of support to help you quit – online, by text, by phone or in person.  If you haven’t already, find out what support is available by visiting www.readytostopsmoking.org.uk or call 0800 3247 111.

Many of you may already be taking part in Dry January – a 31 day challenge to stay off the booze.  It’s not too late to take part and benefits include more money in your pocket, better sleep, more energy, plus losing a few pounds.  Following the festivities, now is a good time to assess your drinking habits and it’s advisable to have at least two ‘drink-free’ nights a week (the more the better!).

If healthy eating and more exercise is on your ‘to do’ list, then visit www.healthyknowsley.co.uk for useful information on healthy alternatives and advice on portion sizes.  There’s also lots of advice around keeping active and a walking calories counter for you to keep track of calories you’ve burned. 

Healthy eating and being more active will help you to achieve a healthy mind and body, as well as generally feeling better.

Plus, 15 of our parks and green spaces now have fantastic outdoor gym equipment.  Our green gyms provide a range of cardio vascular equipment, fitness trails and exercise circuits meaning you can work out for free!  The full list of what’s available and where can be found on www.knowsleynews.co.uk (search for green gyms).

Remember to set realistic goals and to do something each day, no matter how small, which will become part of your everyday routine.  You’re more likely to succeed with support, so ensure you get the support of your family and friends (and you support them in their goals too).  And finally . . . good luck!

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With Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health for Knowsley and Sefton
on November 9th, 2017



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