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Stay Warm This Winter

It may be cold outside, but winter needn’t be the unhealthiest time of year for you and your family.

Even when your body is telling you to hibernate, you can keep healthy and fit, no matter what the weather is like. Plan ahead and keep well…

Ask us if you think you, or someone you care for, might be eligible for a free flu jab.

Avoid catching colds or flu – Use tissues and throw them away as soon as possible, wash your hands regularly with soap and use a hand sanitister, plus stock up on over the counter remedies.

Eat regularly, particularly hot food and drinks – include your ‘five a day’ and stock up on tinned/frozen foods to avoid having to go out when it’s cold or icy.

Exercise is good for overall health and can keep you warm in winter – even moderate exercise can bring health benefits but remember to speak to your GP before starting a new plan.

Wear lots of thin layers – natural fibres are particularly good and make sure, when venturing out, that you use shoes with a good grip.

If you need help heating your home, help is available – See here for more information.

 

Keep Well This Winter

Cold weather can have a major impact on your health over the winter. One of the best things you and your family can do is stay warm. Keeping warm can help reduce your risk of colds and flu, as well as more serious problems such as heart attacks and strokes.

If you’re over 65 or have an ongoing health problem – you should heat your home to at least 18°C and make sure you wear warm clothes. You can also use a hot water bottle or electric blanket (but not both) to keep warm while you’re in bed.

If you have an older neighbour or relative, take the time to check up on them to make sure they’re safe and prepared for cold weather.

You may be eligible for financial help with heating your home – contact your pension centre or the organisation that pays your benefits to find out if you’re eligible for Winter Fuel Payment or Cold Weather Payment.

You can also contact the Energy Saving Trust to find out if you’re eligible for free improvements to your home to help keep you warm.

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