Elaine Michel, former Interim Director of Pubic Health at Tameside & Glossop PCT presents her top 10 tips as part of the Tameside & Glossop Public Health Annual Report 2012
Be Smoking Wise
The single best thing you can do for your health is to not take up smoking or give up if you do. Smokefree Tameside and Glossop offer free local support to help you stop smoking. For more information or to book a session call 0161 366 2000.
Be Germ Wise
Handwashing is one of the best ways of preventing infections, especially those that cause diarrhoea, vomiting, coughs and sneezes. Always wash your hands after using the toilet, before eating or handling food, and after handling animals.
Be Fire Wise
A smoke alarm could save your life and that of your family. Make sure you have one fitted and that it’s working. Have an escape plan in case a fire does happen. You can book a FREE Home Fire Safety Check by calling 0800 555 815 or filling in the form on line.
Be Road Wise
Accidents on the road are a major cause of injury and death for children of all ages. Keep yourself and your children safe by setting a good example and teaching them the rules of the road. The Department of Transport’s THINK! Education website includes a wealth of road safety information and resources
Be Sex Wise
Ashton Primary Care Centre (Tel 0161 342 7101) offers sexual health advice, tests and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, all methods of contraception including implants, coils, emergency contraception, and pregnancy testing. SAFE www.tgsafe.co.uk is a free and confidential website for people that promotes local services.
Be Immunisation Wise
Childhood immunisations are the safest way to protect your child from the risk of complications from infections such as polio, meningitis C and measles. People over 65 years and with some long term conditions are immunised to prevent flu and pneumonia. If you want more advice, please contact your GP.
Be Cancer Wise
Cancers that are found earlier are more likely to be treated successfully. The NHS cancer screening programmes for breast, cervix and bowel cancer increase the chance of finding a cancer early so make sure you take up your screening offer when it comes.
Be Alcohol Wise
Adults should not regularly drink more than 3-4 units a day if you’re a man or 2-3 units a day if you’re a woman. Also have a few alcohol-free days each week. If you’re worried you are drinking too much, make an appointment to talk to your GP.
Be People Wise
Talk to people around you and remember to also listen. Talk to someone if you’re feeling distressed or upset. Do something nice for a friend or neighbour
Be Health Wise
Free NHS Health Checks, for people aged 40 – 74, helps in early identification of risks related to long term conditions like heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease. To book your free health check, simply contact your GP.