After a relaxing Christmas it can feel a bit daunting when January looms and we start thinking about making New Year’s resolutions.
Things like quitting smoking, being more physically active and eating healthily can seem like a steep uphill battle at this point – but help is at hand.
Healthy Cornwall, which is part of Cornwall Council’s public health service, has launched a new campaign called ‘Get Healthy Cornwall’ to help you tick off those resolutions and live a happier, healthier lifestyle all year round.
Regardless of your age and ability, it offers a range of information, tools and advice covering these five key areas: Weight Management; Healthy Eating; Physical Activity; Stopping Smoking; and Healthy Pregnancy.
In-person sessions are a great way to meet like-minded people. They include:
- Argyle FIT – Weight Loss Football League
- Free Kids Activity Clubs for Primary School Children
- Healthy Lifestyles Support and Weigh In Sessions
- Walking for Health
- Ready, Steady…Grow – Antenatal and Postnatal Health & Wellbeing Sessions.
- ‘Ready, Steady, Eat – Session to support you through the journey of starting your baby on solid foods.
Healthy Cornwall also offers remote help including online healthy weight programmes for adults and families and its Smokefree text message service. Just text SMOKEFREE to 82228 to receive regular support before, during and after your quit attempt.
Or why not join others in one of Healthy Cornwall’s Facebook groups, offering advice on healthy eating, getting active and quitting smoking. Or you can get regular top tips direct to your inbox, by signing up to Healthy Cornwall’s regular emails.
For more information on what’s available, check out the Healthy Cornwall website.
Dr Ruth Goldstein, assistant director of public health at Cornwall Council, said:
“The team at Healthy Cornwall knows that making lifestyle changes can be difficult, especially at this time of year when the nights are dark, the weather isn’t brilliant and some of us just want to hibernate. This is why they’ve tried to make it as easy as possible to access convenient healthy lifestyle programmes and advice, which is almost always free of charge.
“So my message to everyone is to ‘get healthy, Cornwall’ and take just five minutes to check out what’s available on the website – you never know, it might change your life!”
Cllr Dr Andy Virr, portfolio holder for adults and public health, added:
“I am very proud of the fantastic work that Healthy Cornwall does to make sure there is a wide range of help and support available for anyone who wants to set healthy lifestyle goals.
“Not only will these activities, drop-in sessions and programmes help with your physical health, they often provide a chance to socialise and meet new people as well, which can be a huge boost to mental health.”