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Welcome to Haven Health -a part of Suffolk Primary Care

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Helping Yourself Stay Well

 

It is much better to keep yourself healthy rather than fall ill and need medical care so look after yourself: 

  • Eat a healthy balanced diet
  • Avoid or stop smoking
  • Don’t drink excessively
  • Have your blood pressure checked
  • Take regular exercise
  • Keep to a healthy weight
  • Reduce or avoid stress
  • Men, perform regular examinations of the testicles learn how
  • Women, have regular cervical smears and check your breasts regularly learn how

 

 

   

Healthy Diet:

 

Eat less

  • Sugar
  • Fat 
  • Salt 

Eat more

  • Fibre
  • Fish
  • White meat. 

Drink less alcohol.

      

      

Alcohol:

 

Men can drink up to 28 units a week

Women can drink up to 21 units a week

A unit = 1/2 pint of beer = Pub measure of spirits = Pub glass of wine

= Small glass of sherry

 

Smoking – Why Stop?

 

A man aged 50 who smokes 20 a day is four times more likely to die from heart disease than a non-smoker of the same age. Lung cancer kills 38,000 people a year in the UK. Each cigarette shortens your life by five to six minutes. It makes your children ill – they are twice as likely to get chest and ear infections. CLICK HERE to go to our more detailed smoking cessation advice. 

  

Exercise:

 

It helps to reduce weight. It helps to relieve stress. It makes you feel and look better.

Once you have found a form of exercise you enjoy, do it:

  • Often enough - Two or three times a week for 20-30 minutes
  • Hard enough - To make you feel breathless (Suitable for patients with no significant health problems. Check with your GP or Practice Nurse))
  • Long enough - It must become part of your life for good. 

Remember: If you are not used to exercise start slowly and build up gradually. Both doctors and nurses will be happy to advise you and your family about these important changes.

 

 

  

This page provides some brief ideas. To get a more comprehensive reference source, go to the NHS Choices Health and Fitness page where you will find lots of great advice and encouragment.

  

                                         

Stamina Ratings:

 

 

 

  • Badminton** 
  • Housework (moderate)*
  • Canoeing***
  • Jogging****
  • Climbing Stairs***
  • Judo**
  • Cycling (hard)****
  • Mowing lawn by hand**
  • Dancing (ballroom)*
  • Rowing****
  • Dancing (disco)***
  • Sailing*
  • Digging the garden**
  • Squash*** 
  • Football***     
  • Swimming (hard)***
  • Golf*  
  • Tennis**
  • Gymnastics** 
  • Walking (briskly)**
  • Hill Walking***          
  • Weightlifting*
  • Cricket*          
  • Yoga**

* Not much effort ** Beneficial effort *** Very good effort **** Excellent effort

 

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