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Stay healthy at home

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Following the Prime Minister’s announcement that everyone must stay at home for at least the next 3 weeks, we are helping people to stay healthy with the launch of a new page dedicated to at-home health and wellbeing.

The site is designed to help residents of all ages and abilities to keep on top of their mental and physical health, whilst protecting themselves and others against coronavirus.

The site includes a list of tips and ideas to support residents’ health and wellbeing. Top tips include:

  • stay in touch virtually with friends, family and neighbours – pick up the phone or have a conversation online through conference or social media apps such as Facetime, Skype, WhatsApp or Zoom
  • keep active – look out on the website for links to NHS recommended workouts
  • eat well – try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals and drink plenty of water
  • activate your brain – do things you enjoy such as reading, cooking, learning a new craft, or mindfulness exercises
  • keep to your normal routine as much as possible – set your alarm, eat at regular mealtimes and go to bed as usual

Find out more ways you can stay healthy and happy at home on our health at home page.

Cllr Dale Birch, Executive Member for Adult Services, Health and Housing, said:

“The decision by the Prime Minister to ask the nation to remain at home is unprecedented in peace-time Britain and represents the severity of the crisis we are facing. This is a time we all need to pull together, protect ourselves, those around us and the NHS; and make sure we’re doing all we can to remain healthy.

“We know that for some more than others, remaining at home can be extremely difficult and it can impact on both mental and physical health. That’s why the council has launched this dedicated resource to give residents an easy guide to steps they can take to stay healthy during this uncertain time.

“If you’re struggling with the prospect of spending weeks indoors, I’d urge you to visit the webpage and start by trying just one idea per day – it could be just what you need to help you stay healthy and happy at home. If you know someone who could benefit but doesn’t have access to the internet, why not print off some of the ideas and pop it through their letterbox as part of your once a day exercise?”