Healthy Living

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Healthy Living

Information on services which can help you towards more healthy living, including health trainers, having a healthy diet, and information on smoking, alcohol and drug misuse.

Speak Up Against Cancer leaflet

You can find a leaflet on staying healthy and reducing your risk of cancer on the Brighton and Hove City Council website.  This leaflet, produced in partnership with Albion in the Community, tells you how to reduce your risk of cancer, what to look out for, and what to do if you're worried.

Health trainers

Do you want to make healthy changes but are not sure where or how to start? Health trainers are available to support and encourage you and help you to set goals and achieve them. Provided by Brighton and Hove City Council, this service is free and confidential and can improve your health and wellbeing by helping you to:

  • eat more healthily
  • become more physically active
  • drink less alcohol
  • quit smoking

To contact a health trainer, visit the Health Trainers page on the Council's website.

Healthy diet and weight

The Eatwell Plate shows the different types of food that make up our diet, and shows the proportions we should eat them in to have a well balanced and healthy diet.

One way to check if you are a healthy weight is to measure your body mass index, known as BMI, using the NHS Choices BMI healthy weight calculator. NHS Choices also give lots of ideas and support on switching to a healthy diet, active living, and other ways to reach and maintain a healthy weight.

Brighton & Hove Food Partnership runs the Healthy Weight Referral Service. Adults of all ages and abilities can attend Shape Up Group programmes which combines nutrition, behaviour change and activities, or one-to-one programmes for an individually tailored service. Children above a healthy weight can attend Family Shape Up which includes learning about healthy eating through fun activities, followed by games for the children and a discussion time for parents and carers.  

You can find a short film about the benefits of the Shape Up programme here.

Patients can refer themselves to this service:

Call: 01273 431703
Email: healthyweight@bhfood.org.uk

Click: http://bhfood.org.uk/shape-up

Stop smoking

The CCG's six-week SmokeFreeMe programme is free to people living in Brighton and Hove. 

The six-week programme is based on a psychological approach that helps people change the habits that drive their compulsion to smoke. The programme includes:

  • An online questionnaire so texts are tailored to the individuals’ own smoking habits
  • A ‘Do Zone’ where participants can share their quit journey with other people in the city on the programme.
  • Text messages with specific references to pharmacies in the city offering free nicotine patches and stop smoking advice.

Your GP can help you quit smoking by referring you to local stop smoking services, prescribing nicotine replacement therapy such as patches and gum, or stop smoking medication. For more steps you can take to stop smoking, visit the Live Well section of the NHS Choices website.

Drug and alcohol service

Adults

Pavilions runs an adult drug and alcohol treatment and recovery service in Brighton and Hove. It is available to anyone concerned about their drug or alcohol use, or for families and carers supporting those living with substance misuse issues. 

You can find more information about their services on the Drug and Alcohol Services Page

Young people

For people under 18, the ru-OK? website has details of available local help for young people who are experiencing problems with drugs and alcohol.