This website is an on-line support facility for learners, employers, partners and staff to access any help and guidance with health and well-being.
All initial enquiries will be answered by Emma, our on-line support person each day between 8.45am and 4.45pm Monday to Thursday and 8am to 3.30pm on a Friday and then discussed with Christian at least once each week.
This will ensure any issues requiring immediate attention are dealt with quickly and efficiently.
Health and Well-being……in the news!
How to Live a Healthy Lifestyle Being healthy involves more than eating an occasional salad or going for a short walk once every few weeks, but while you'll need to put in some effort, your health is well worth it. To live a healthy lifestyle, choose healthy foods, fit more exercise and physical activity into your daily routine. You'll also need to avoid unhealthy habits, like fad dieting and neglecting sleep. Making lifestyle improvements may require some gradual adjustment, but improved health is readily accessible once you commit to it.
Choosing Healthy Foods
Select foods that are low in both sugar and highly refined carbohydrates. Minimize your consumption of sweets, soft drinks, sugary fruit juices, and white bread. Choose whole fruits, freshly-squeezed juices, and whole grain bread instead.
Eat a variety of different whole foods instead of eating processed foods. Whole foods offer a balance of healthy carbohydrates, proteins, fats, and other nutrients.
- Eat fruits and vegetables for their high vitamin and mineral content. Try to eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, rather than canned ones that often contain added sugar or salt.
- Choose lean meat, beans and tofu for their protein content.
- Enjoy whole grains such as wholemeal bread, wholemeal pasta, brown rice and quinoa.
- Eat low-fat dairy products. Skimmed milk and reduced fat cheeses will reduce your fat intake while ensuring that you receive enough calcium.
Getting Some Exercise
Try to incorporate some exercise 3 to 5 times per week. Work out for half an hour to an hour, combining both cardio and strength training programs. Experts recommend getting at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity every week.
If you cannot get to a gym both high-intensity gardening and housekeeping can exercise your body. You can also incorporate more activity into your daily routine by taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking farther away from shops, and taking a quick walk on your lunch break
Ditch your car. Walk or bike to your destination instead. If you use public transportation, try getting off a few stops early and walking the rest of the way.
Avoiding Unhealthy Habits
Avoid yo-yo dieting. Once you've lost weight thanks to your improved lifestyle, then work hard to maintain your weight instead of cycling up and down the scale.
Exercise in moderation. Working out too long, too often or with too much intensity can increase your risk for injury. Make sure to build in some rest periods between your workouts.
Avoid smoking and alcohol intake. Smoking is associated with a variety of health risks, including heart or liver disease and many cancers. Alcohol is also associated with health risks, including liver disease, cancer, heart disease, alcohol poisoning, and depression.
Don't skimp on sleep. Studies have shown that those who sleep less tend to weigh more. Adults should aim for between 7-9 hours of sleep per night.
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