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'Cut back on booze and increase exercise' says NHS Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group

The NHS Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is calling on people to make their wellbeing the top priority in 2021.

Cutting back on alcohol, exercising, healthy eating and stopping smoking are key focuses of the CCG's campaign.

It is encouraging people to take a break from alcohol for 'Dry January'.

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A CCG spokesperson said: "Alcohol is the leading cause of preventable ill health and death in 15- to 49-year-olds and is a factor in more than 60 medical conditions, including liver disease, a number of cancers and depression.

"Cutting the amount of alcohol you consume is a good start and a whole month off alcohol is really good for your health. It boosts your energy levels and improves your sleep, but it also gives you a sense of achievement and can save you money, too."

Physical activity is proven to lower the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and type two diabetes.

The CCG is urging people to aim to achieve at least 150 minutes of physical activity over a week through a variety of activities.

Stopping smoking is another key way to boost health as half of all long-term smokers die early from smoking-related diseases, including heart disease, lung cancer and chronic bronchitis.

The spokesperson said: "Stopping smoking is the single best thing you can do for your health and there is help available from your local NHS so you can quit smoking for good.

"Your GP practice will be able to provide information about your local NHS Stop Smoking Service. Alternatively you can visit the NHS Smokefree website, or call the Smokefree National Helpline to speak to a trained adviser on 0300 123 1044."

Heart disease and type two diabetes are also linked to eating too much sugar.

"Cut down on sugary fizzy drinks by substituting them for water, lower-fat milks, or sugar-free, diet and no added sugar drinks," said the CCG spokesperson.

"Swap a bowl of sugary breakfast cereal for plain cereals such as porridge oats which contain vitamins, minerals and fibre.

"Some packaging uses a colour-coded system that makes it easy to choose foods that are lower in sugar, salt and fat. Look for more ‘greens’ and ‘ambers’ and fewer ‘reds’ in your shopping basket."

For advice on eating better, visit www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/healthy-food-swaps

To sign up for Dry January and register for tips and tools to make the most of the month, visit www.dryjanuary.org.uk

More information about drinking less is also available on www.nhs.uk

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