Lewisham Council - Get healthy and be active

Get healthy and be active

Published on 02 January 2017

Do you have any new year's resolutions? Do they include wanting to stop smoking, getting your health checked or getting fit and healthy? Here's some advice to help you:

Want to stop smoking?

The Lewisham Stop Smoking Service has helped over 15,000 people quit smoking. For free support and advice call 0800 0820 388, or register for free now to get help. A professional stop smoking adviser will contact you to discuss what help you might need.

You are four times more likely to quit with support from the stop smoking service than going it alone.

Get a free NHS Health Check

If you are aged 40–74 you may be entitled to a free health check to find out your risk of developing heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes, dementia and having a stroke, and ways you can prevent them.

The checks can be done at your GP and some local pharmacies and takes just 20–30 minutes where you will be asked some questions about your general health and lifestyle and have a few straightforward health tests.

Find out if you are eligible and where you can have an NHS Health Check in the borough

Ways to get active

Being active is an important part of a healthy lifestyle for the whole family. Find out ways to keep yourself and your family active including:

For new mums, and children up to 16 years old, there are free weight management programmes where you can find out more about healthy eating, take part in physical activity sessions and get help to build a healthier life for the whole family. Places are limited, so book yours early in January.

Be Food Smart

The new Change4Life Be Food Smart app aims to encourage families to get 'food smart' and empower them to take control of their diet by making healthier food and drink choices.

By downloading the free app you can find out how much total sugar, saturated fat and salt is in the food and drink your family consume every day.  

Get tested for HIV

The only way to know if you have been infected with HIV is to take an HIV test. In Lewisham, 1,730 people are currently living with HIV and in addition to this there are an estimated 577 people who are HIV positive but unaware and are at risk of passing the infection onto others.

Testing and having an early diagnosis of HIV means people living with HIV can have normal life expectancy and protect their partners and babies (in the case of pregnant women) from the infection through treatment.

All residents are encouraged to test for HIV which they can request, in confidence, from their GP or a sexual health clinic, or order a free home sampling kit online. 

Find out where to go for advice and guidance on sexual health issues for men, women and young people in the borough.

Find out more information about HIV testing London-wide.  



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