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Dr Rangan Chatterjee, an expert in lifestyle medicine, bases his practices on the 4 pillars of health: Food, Movement, Sleep and Relaxation.
He believes that if you are lacking in one or more of these areas this could be the root cause of your problems. Find out more about these practices.
Only 30% of the UK population eats enough vegetables! Veg Power is a great website encouraging you to eat more vegetables.
Dr Rupy Aujla (a GP with a special interest in food and nutrition) talks passionately about the power of “food as medicine” and helping you improve your health using food. See Doctors Kitchen for more information. Even one home cooked meal per week can improve your health.
It’s easy to think that by eating less you should lose weight and feel better; this might be the case but it is more about eating differently. Try not to think about “good” or “bad” foods; rather about “nutritionally dense” or “nutritionally lacking” foods.
It’s often hard to know what’s healthy – the “food switch” app can help you and makes suggestions for healthier swaps – Food Switch
How much sugar is in foods we eat daily? PHC UK
Professor Matthew Walker has written extensively about the importance of sleep in his book “Why We Sleep”.
If you have trouble sleeping you might find advice from Sleep Council helpful. In particular they offer a 30 day plan to help you improve your sleep
Our tips on how to improve how active you are
National recommendations for activity:
Any physical activity is better than none. It is never too late to get more active to improve your health. Activities could include:
A dedicated Health Improvement Coach can assist you every step of the way in achieving and maintaining your goals. This will be achieved by providing practical advice and support to change behaviours and improve health and mental wellbeing. They can also help signpost to other services and activities. This free service offers one to one support for people aged 18 +.
Contact: 0300 003 4566
Healthy changes start with little changes. Whether you want to lose weight, get active or quit smoking, Better Health is here with lots of free tools and support. Access to a free 12-week weight-loss course via app.
Learn how to eat well, move more and live longer (and have fun along the way at the same time!). Find out how you can make positive changes to your life and the lives of your family and friends.
Early childhood (under 5 years old)
Young people (5 to 18 years old)
Supporting women to become more active – This Girl Can
Support for older adults: Age UK
Here are some handy tools to help you get moving:
Any physical activity is better than none – when the kettle is next put onto boil, why not try this 5 minute kitchen workout
Do you think you might be at risk of diabetes? You may be eligible for the fantastic Diabetes Prevention Programme. Take the “know your risk” test and follow the steps