Healthy Peterborough

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Tips for keeping warm and staying well this winter

Healthy Lifestyle Service

What is the new Healthy Peterborough Service and what does it include?

The Healthy Peterborough Service is an integrated service launching on 1 April 2017, designed to provide holistic lifestyle support to the residents of Peterborough through a single point of access, using a targeted approach. This will include:

  • Stop smoking
  • Adult Weight Management (Tier 2 and 3)
  • Child Weight Management (Tier 2)
  • Wellness coaches
  • Healthy eating
  • Physical activity
  • NHS Health Checks (Outreach only)
  • Digital self care

 

Phone: 0800 376 5655 / 01733 590 064 

Email: healthy.peterborough@nhs.net

eFax: 01733 286835

Website: www.healthypeterborough.org.uk

 

 

MyHealth app

Need to find local health services quickly? New ‘MyHealth’ app for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

A new app to help Cambridgeshire and Peterborough residents find local NHS services available to them has been launched.

Quick and easy to use, the ‘MyHealth Cambridgeshire & Peterborough’ app will direct you to your nearest appropriate NHS service. This includes local GPs, pharmacies, minor injury units, and dentists, based on your location or postcode.

Free to download and available in five other languages, including Polish, Latvian, and Lithuanian, MyHealth provides up to date information on current services including directions, opening hours, and contact details.

The app is available to download for iOS via Apple Store and Android via Google Play by searching for 'MyHealth C&P CCG'.

Race for Life

Find out more about the 5k or 10k on
Sunday 2 July 2017, Ferry Meadows Country Park

Active10 app

Get walking briskly every day in bursts of ten minutes or more.

Just ten continuous minutes of brisk walking every day gets the heart pumping and can make you feel better, more energetic and improve your mood.

Over time, it can lower the risk of serious illnesses like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Whether you're walking to work, stepping out at lunchtime, walking to the shops or local park or taking the dog for a walk, there are lots of ways you can fit ten minutes of brisk walking into your life. You don’t have to go to the gym, wear sportswear or start expensive fitness programmes to get the benefits of an active lifestyle, walking counts too!

There is a free Active 10 app which shows how much brisk walking you are doing and where you can fit ten minute bursts of brisk walking into your day. The app also sets you brisk walking goals and provides hints and tips to keep you going. Search ‘Active 10’ online to find out more or to download the app.

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Look after your mental health

Do you know how to look after your mental health and wellbeing and how to support your children to do the same? There are lots of things we can do in our everyday lives to look after our mind and body.
 
This next month, Healthy Peterborough will be promoting mental health awareness and the local support available.
 
We all know that getting physically fitter helps our bodies, but what keeps our minds healthy? Like physical health, we all have mental health too. It is very common to experience problems with your mental health and it’s important to look after it, but how?
 
There are many things that impact on our wellbeing, or mental health, including our relationships, levels of stress, quality of sleep, diet and our physical health.
 
Relationships
Our relationships, friendships and connections with other people are all important. They keep us connected, give us a sense of belonging and provide us with networks and support during challenging times in our lives.
 
Managing Stress
We all experience stress to varying degrees, so we need to find the best way of managing this. It’s important to make sure we take breaks, find activities that we enjoy and get support when we need it to sort out our worries.
 
Sleep
The quality of our sleep is also fundamental to how we cope with everyday life. It is important to adopt a good sleep routine to maintain good wellbeing. This means switching off devices like mobile phones and tablets an hour before we go to bed, going to sleep and waking up around the same time and considering our sleeping environment.
 
Getting Active
We know that being physically active is good for our bodies, but it can also help our minds. Exercise can help to relieve stress and in some cases will help people to ease symptoms of depression and anxiety. Exercising can also help you to get a better night’s sleep, so try building an activity you enjoy into your day to see if you can feel better.
 
For more information on how to manage stress, improve your sleep and make lifestyle changes visit www.nhs.uk/OneYou which has a range of apps, like ‘Couch to 5k’, a walking tracker and ‘easy meals’, to help you make the changes that can help improve your wellbeing.
 
For information specifically on children’s mental health including how to look after their wellbeing, advice on bullying, sleep and stress busting, as well as local services when extra help is needed, visit www.keep-your-head.com.
 
Click here for support contacts 

Helping children be healthy and happy

 

With 1 in 5 reception children being an unhealthy weight, Healthy Peterborough is highlighting how small changes in diet and moving more will have huge benefits.

  1. Babies and children should be encouraged to eat healthily from the very start. From 0-6 months it is recommended babies are exclusively breastfed to protect against illness and infection. At around 6 months you should start to introduce your baby to solid foods.Visit the www.nhsuk/start4life for further guidance.

  2. As a parent, you may not like seeing your baby or child being given an injection. However, vaccinations will help protect them against a range of serious and potentially fatal diseases. Routine free vaccines are offered at 8 weeks, 12 weeks, 16 weeks, 1 year, 3 years, and 14 years of age.  Children aged 2-7 receive the flu vaccine and 12 year old girls also receive HPV vaccine to protect against cervical cancer.  . If you’re not sure whether your child has had all of their vaccinations ask your GP. Find out about the vaccines at http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations.

  3. Children under 5 should do 3 hours of activity each day.  For babies this means wiggling and kicking, and as they get older, crawling, dancing and playing. Make use of Vivacity Peterborough’s free swimming for under 5s. Find out more atwww.vivacity-peterborough.com/sport.

  4. Children and young people (aged 5-16 years) should enjoy at least an hour of physical activity each day. Activity helps to strengthen muscles and bones, and improves fitness. It builds confidence and improves concentration and learning at school. Visit www.nhs.uk/Change4Life for fun ideas on how to get active and to find local activities.

  5. Sitting still for too long can put us more at risk of poor health. This may be time spent sitting at the TV or computer. Break up long periods of sitting with just one or two minutes of movement every half hour. You could do the 10 Minute Shakeup Disney inspired games at www.nhs.uk/10-minute-shake-up.

  6. Eat a healthy balanced diet. Aim to eat at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables varieties every day. It can be fresh, frozen, canned, dried or juiced. Make sure children have breakfast each morning and limit high fat, salt and sugar in food and drinks. Find out how to achieve a healthy, nutritious diet at www.nhs.uk/livewell/healthy-eating.

  7. Children are consuming three times as much sugar as recommended. Give smaller portions or swap high sugar items for similar choices with less sugar.  Get the new Be Food Smart app at www.nhs.uk/change4life to find out how much sugar is in food and drink.

  8. It's easy to overlook, but choosing healthier drinks is a key part of getting a balanced diet. Keep children hydrated with 6-8 glasses of fluid each day. Water, lower fat milk and sugar-free drinks all count. Avoid drinks with high sugar content like fizzy drinks and squashes. If you or your children like fizzy drinks, try diluting fruit juice with sparkling water instead. 

  9. Keep dentist trips to a minimum by getting into a regular teeth-cleaning routine by brushing teeth twice a day. Children don't need to use special "children's toothpaste". In fact, some of them don’t have enough fluoride in them to help prevent tooth decay.  Children of all ages can use family toothpaste, as long as it contains 1,350-1,500ppm fluoride. Brush up your teeth cleaning knowledge at www.nhs.uk/Livewell/dentalhealth.

  10. Growing up can be a challenge. Half of all mental health problems start before the age of 14.  If you are worried about a child then encouraging them to talk about their feelings.  Check out www.keep-your-head.com for guidance and local support. 

 

 

 

ShapeUp4Life

A ten week structured programme concerning nutrition and exercise, for adults looking for weight management.

Find more details below or view our leaflet by clicking here!

Adult weight management programme – BMI 25+ (Clients can self-refer)

Date

Location

Time

Mondays
15 January - 19 March 2018

Ladies only programme (delivered in Urdu/Punjabi)

Instructor: Shakila Bano

Gladstone Park Community Centre
Bourges Boulevard
Peterborough
PE1 2AN

(Free Parking onsite)

11:00am- 12:30pm

Tuesdays
16 January - 20 March 2018

Mixed Programme

Instructor: Deborah Chessum

Gladstone Park Community Centre
Bourges Boulevard
Peterborough
PE1 2AN

(Free Parking onsite)

11:00am- 12:30pm

Wednesdays
17 January – 21 March 2018

Mixed Programme

Instructor: Yasmin Siddique

Gladstone Park Community Centre
Bourges Boulevard
Peterborough
PE1 2AN

(Free Parking onsite)

5:30pm- 7:00pm

 

Adult weight management programme – BMI 35+ (clients can access service via a GP referral)

Date

 

Location Time

Wednesdays
10 January - 14 March 2018

Mixed Programme

Instructor: Afrose Dungarwala

Gladstone Park Community Centre
Bourges Boulevard
Peterborough
PE1 2AN

(Free Parking onsite)
10:00am-12noon

Thursdays
11 January - 15 March 2018

Mixed Programme

Instructor: Afrose Dungarwala

Gladstone Park Community Centre
Bourges Boulevard
Peterborough
PE1 2AN

(Free Parking onsite)
12noon - 2:00pm

To apply: 
Email healthy.peterborough@nhsnet. or call direct on 01733 894540. If you have a long-term condition, we may need consent from your GP.

Let's get healthy (4-12 year olds)

Our free healthy lifestyles club running in schools and community settings.

The club is six weeks for children aged 4-6, and ten weeks for children aged 7-12. They are interactive and fun sessions, with parents attending the entire session for the younger group, and only the last 20 minutes of the sessions for the older group. Parents can directly refer.

Workshops include learning about sugary drinks and food swapping for healthier snacks, making smoothies, and blindfold fruit & veg taste testing, and also activities and games such as parachute games and shuttle races.

View our leaflet by clicking here!

Children’s Healthy Lifestyle Club:

Date

Location

Time

Saturdays

13 January - 17 March 2018

10-week programme for
7-11-year olds

Instructor: Yasmin Siddique

TruGym
Earlham House
Brooke Street
Peterborough
PE1 1FQ

(Near the Passport Office)

2:00pm – 3:15pm

(parents can attend for the last 15 minutes if they
wish)

Saturdays

13 January - 17 February 2018

6 Week Programme for
4-6-year olds

Instructor: Sonia Cullington

 

Millfield Community Centre
New England Complex
Lincoln Road
Peterborough
PE1 2PE

(Free parking onsite)

9:30am-10:45am

(Parents/carers need to attend with child)


Email healthy.peterborough@nhs.net. or call direct on 01733 894540. If you have a long-term condition, we may need consent from your GP.

 

 

 

 

Let's get moving

An eight week exercise-only programme for adults who want to increase their physical activity - can be mixed gender or ladies-only. Find out more by view our leaflet here!

 LGM 1 LGM 2

 Adult Physical Activity for those who are inactive or living with a long term condition:

Date / Group / Instructor

Location

Time

Mondays
15 January - 5 March 2018

Mixed Programme

Instructor: Yasmin Siddique

TruGym
Earlham House
Brooke Street
Peterborough
PE1 1FQ

(Near the Passport Office)

3:00pm-4:00pm

Mondays
15 January - 5 March 2018

Ladies only Programme

Instructor: Sonia Cullington

Millfield Community Centre
New England Complex
Lincoln Road
Peterborough
PE1 2PE

(Free parking onsite)

11:00am-12:00noon

Wednesdays
17 January - 7 March 2018

Ladies only (Asian/Punjabi/Urdu
speaking)

Instructor: Shakila Bano

Gladstone Park Community Centre
Bourges Boulevard
Peterborough
PE1 2AN

(Free Parking onsite)

11:00am- 12:00noon

 

To apply: 

Email healthy.peterborough@nhsnet. or call direct on 01733 894540 to book on the dates above or to enquire about future dates. If you have a long-term condition, we may need consent from your GP.

Stoptober 28 day stop smoking challenge

Did you know that if you stop smoking for 28 days you're five times more likely to stop for good?

Stoptober is the biggest stop smoking event of the year. Stoptober is a pledge to not smoke during 28 days of October. It has driven over 1 million quit attempts to date and is the biggest mass quit attempt in the country.

Why not join all the people who have succeeded in becoming smokefree and join in this year's challenge.

The Healthy Peterborough Lifestyle Service provides a free and confidential stop smoking service with fully qualified advisors giving practical help and support for your quitting journey. They can advise you of all the treatments out there that can give you the extra support you need to kick the habit for good. Come along to one of the roadshows listed below for face to face advice.

  • Friday 15 September, 12noon to 3pm, Ghousia Mosque 
  • Wednesday 20 September, 10am - 2pm, Regional College
  • Thursday 21 September, City Hospital (Mother & Child Unit)
  • Friday 22 September, Lincoln Road
  • Saturday 23 September, outside the Town Hall, Bridge Street
  • Tuesday 26 September, Werrington Shopping Centre
  • Wednesday 27 September, Serpentine Green Shopping Centre
  • Thursday 28 September, 1pm - 5pm, Marriott Hotel
  • Friday 29 September, 12noon - 3pm, Faizan-e-Madina Mosque
  • Saturday 30 September, outside the Town Hall, Bridge Street
  • Sunday 1 October, outside the Town Hall, Bridge Street
  • Tuesday 3 October, outside Asda, Rivergate
  • Tuesday 17 October, 10am - 1pm, Voyager Academy 

Alternatively contact Peterborough Healthy Lifestyles service on freephone 0800 376 5655.

Everyone’s quitting journey is different, but with Stoptober, you won’t be on your own. Join the thousands quitting smoking with Stoptober and get all the support you need to help you on your quit jouney.

There a lots of ways to quit and Stoptober can help you choose what works for you. You can quit using medication (including nicotine replacement therapies such as patches and gum) or e-cigarettes. Stoptober offers a range of free support to help you including an app, daily emails, Facebook Messenger and lots of encouragement from the Stoptober online community on Facebook. In addition, you can get expert face-to-face advice from local stop smoking services.

Those who use stop smoking aids and who get face-to-face support from their local stop smoking service are up to four times more likely to quit successfully.

Stopping smoking is the best thing you can do for your health and the health of those around you. If you can make it to 28 days smokefree, you’re 5 times more likely to stay quit for good. 

Visit our Stop Smoking pages for more advice.

Local Health Checks

The 'Wellness on Wheels' van will be outside the Town Hall, in Bridge Street, most Saturdays offering FREE Health Checks and advice between 9am-5pm.

Saturday 15th July
Saturday 22nd July
Saturday 29th July
Saturday 5th August
Saturday 12th August
Saturday 19th August
Saturday 26th August
Saturday 9th September
Saturday 23rd September
Saturday 30th September
Saturday 7th October
Saturday 14th October
Saturday 21st October
Saturday 28th October
Saturday 4th November
Saturday 11th November
Saturday 18th November
Saturday 25th November
Saturday 2nd December
Saturday 9th December
Saturday 16th December
Saturday 23rd December
Saturday 30th December

 

 

Have you had your flu jab?

Eligible city residents are being urged to take up the offer of a free flu vaccination following the launch of a national campaign.

City residents who are the most vulnerable to flu are being urged to get their free flu vaccination, ahead of the winter period when the virus is most common. 

The national campaign launches as the Chief Medical Officer has warned that flu, and complications with it, cause 8,000 deaths on average a year in England.

Cllr Diane Lamb, cabinet member for public health at Peterborough City Council said: "For many people flu is an unpleasant illness but for the most vulnerable in society - small children, the elderly, those with long-term health problems and for pregnant women - it can be extremely dangerous. 

"Getting the vaccine is simply the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from catching flu and I would urge anyone who is offered the vaccine, including healthcare workers, to take up the offer to protect themselves and others in their care, for the coming winter season." 

This year's campaign aims to continue to increase uptake of the flu vaccination. Last year 46.3 per cent of at risk groups in Peterborough had their free vaccine.

A new social media advertising pilot campaign is taking place in East Anglia targeting these groups with the sole aim of increasing uptake. It will highlight eligibility, reinforce why it is so important and signpost residents to places they can receive the vaccine. 

People with respiratory diseases like COPD, emphysema or asthma are seven times more likely to die if they catch flu, and people with cardiovascular problems like chronic heart disease or angina, or have had a stroke, are 11 times more likely compared to those who don't.

The risk is far worse for those with chronic liver disease, who are 48 times more likely to die if they get the flu.

Another way of protecting vulnerable adults is to vaccinate children, who are 'super-spreaders' of the virus. Last year's nationwide flu vaccination programme reduced the risk of flu in children who received the vaccine by 65 per cent. 

Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medial Officer said: "Flu kills and we could save thousands of lives if everyone eligible got their free jab.

"With more people eligible than ever before and the vaccine available in more locations, people should protect themselves and those around them against this potentially deadly virus. Taking a few minutes to get the jab could save your life this winter."

To get your vaccine or find out if you are eligible, contact your GP, pharmacist or midwife for more information. 

Free HIV postal testing

In support of National HIV Testing Week 2017, PHE have expanded availability of free HIV postal test kits to all areas of England. The additional tests will be available to order from now until Thursday 4 January 2018. Last year, more than 20,000 tests were ordered during a similar period and it is anticipated that even more will be distributed this year.

HIV postal test kits, or home sampling kits as they are also known, allow individuals to take a sample themselves at home by taking a finger-prick blood test. Unlike home testing kits, where the individual receives an immediate result, this postal test is then sent to a local laboratory for HIV testing and specialist management.

If a person has a reactive test result, they are contacted within five working days and given support options and information on where to get specialist services. Those with a negative result are contacted and informed within three days, or they can log in online using their unique personal code to check their results.

The national postal testing scheme complements existing HIV testing services. A postal test is highly accurate just four weeks after infection, and individuals who get a reactive result can get help in arranging a follow up clinical appointment. The scheme offers individual a viable alternative to testing in-person, and also provides the system major cost savings.

Postal HIV tests can be ordered from www.test.hiv.

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