Better Health

Kickstart your health

Your health matters. There has never been a better time to kickstart your health. Better Health has a range of tools and support to help - find what works for you. Let's do this!

NHS Weight Loss Plan

The free NHS weight loss plan app will support you to develop healthier eating habits, become more active and help you to lose weight. The easy-to-follow 12-week plan will guide you towards a balanced diet, understand what a healthy weight is for you, and help you to track your progress. Each week you will receive an information guide with actions, hints and tips for reaching your goal.

Find out more at: https://www.nhs.uk/better-health/

What exercise should I do?

In order to remain healthy or improve our health, it is recommended that adults aged 19-64 do at least 150 minutes of moderate activity every week. Ideally, adults should try to do something every day, preferably in bouts of 10 minutes of activity or more.

Moderate activity will raise your heart rate, and make you breathe faster and feel warmer. One way to tell if you're working at a moderate intensity level is if you can still talk, but not sing.

Walking is a good way to get started. Start by challenging yourself to count the number of steps you do. Most people take between 3000 and 4000 steps per day, could you do more than this? Take the NHS Choices 10,000 steps challenge!

In Herefordshire and Worcestershire we have a number of Walking for Health groups which open are to everyone, and are helpful if you have a health condition. To find out more about joining your local walking group and the opportunities for volunteering visit www.walkingforhealth.org.uk. If you want to plan your own walk there are downloadable Worcestershire maps and downloadable Herefordshire maps.

Cycling can be a good way to travel and build activity into daily routines. There are many cycle routes across Worcestershire. Why not discover if there is one on your doorstep! Find local cycle routes, safety information and cycling schemes in Worcestershire or find a local club.

Swimming is a great form of all-round exercise, ideal if you want to be more active and stay healthy, whatever your age or ability. Find out more from your local leisure centre or find your local club here.