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Your choices in the NHS

Choose to live well

The choices we make about how we live can have a significant effect on our health. Eating a healthy diet, doing regular exercise, not smoking and not drinking too much alcohol can help you stay well and enjoy a long life.

You're never too young or too old to switch to a healthier lifestyle. Children who learn healthy habits at a young age will benefit from them throughout their life. And giving up bad habits can improve your health at any age.

Read on for some simple ideas to help you and your family get into the habit of healthy living. Visit the Live Well section for more detailed advice. 

Get active, feel fitter, live longer

Whatever your age, there's strong scientific evidence that being physically active can help you lead a healthier and even happier life.

The amount of physical activity you need to do each week is determined by your age. Click on the links below for the recommendations for other age groups:

Visit the section on Fitness or try the following ideas:

Enjoy eating well

We need food to live, but to live well we need to eat well. A healthy, nutritious diet can help you look and feel your best, and is easier than you might think. Eating a healthy diet can reduce the risk of getting many major diseases, including cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

This website has lots of information to help you eat the right things. See the sections on Healthy eating and Weight loss, or the following pages:

Stop smoking for good

Giving up smoking is probably the best thing you can do to improve your health. Smoking increases your risk of developing many cancers and lung diseases. It also kills about 80,000 people in England every year, almost enough people to fill Wembley Stadium.

You could breathe better, feel better and live longer by following the advice in the Smoking section, or go to the following pages:

Rethink your drinking

Drinking too much alcohol could increase your risk of getting a major disease, such as mouth and throat cancers, liver cirrhosis, stroke and mental health problems.  But it's not just binge drinkers who are at risk: regularly drinking more than the recommended limit can cause significant health problems.

Check if you're drinking too much and find out the facts about drinking and health in the Alcohol section, or use these links:

Media last reviewed: 26/09/2013

Next review due: 26/09/2015

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