Taking care of yourself and lifestyle support
At NHS North Yorkshire CCG, we want to empower people to take charge of their own health and make positive lifestyle choices.
Below you will find lots of advice and support tools to help you achieve your goals, whether it’s to stop smoking, lose weight, or exercise more.
There's further information about some of the support programmes available in North Yorkshire, including referral pathways for GPs, here.
Realising you have a problem with alcohol is the first big step to getting help. You may need help if:
- you often feel the need to have a drink
- you get into trouble because of your drinking
- other people warn you about how much you're drinking
- you think your drinking is causing you problems
In February 2020, colleagues at North Yorkshire County Council launched an alcohol reduction campaign called Wake Up North Yorkshire. Visit the website, here.
With You - Over 50s Alcohol Helpline
The Over 50s Alcohol Helpline provides advice and support to individuals aged over 50, concerned others, and professionals, who are worried about their own or someone else's drinking. Furthermore the Over 50s Alcohol Helpline continues to offer an enhanced service for individuals who are considering making changes to their alcohol use. The enhanced service provision offers callers up to 4 additional appointments, during which time Helpline alcohol advisors use evidenced based interventions to support callers to achieve their goals.
This service is available 7 days a week. The Helpline is open Monday to Friday 12pm - 8pm and 10am to 4pm at weekends. The freephone number to call is 0808 801 0750. To make an online booking for a phone call or video chat, over 50’s, concerned others, and professionals, can access appointments slots by visiting the With You website.
Diabetes is a long-term condition which requires lifelong management. There are two main types – type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes.
People with diabetes are at risk of developing complications, for example with their feet. Untreated, these problems can lead to foot ulcer, infections and even (at worst) amputations. However, most foot problems are preventable with good, regular foot care.
For further information, visit Diabetes UK.
- Diabetes UK have added new webpages to provide lots of information about how diabetes can effect emotional wellbeing, and what can help.
- Diabetes UK have helpline staff on hand if you need to talk Call: 0345 123 2399 (Call rates apply check with your provider) Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Diabetes UK have new information on prescription, “My emotions and diabetes,” provides easy to read information and individual action planning, helping people understand the impact of living with diabetes can have on their emotions and how to take steps to improve their emotional health.
Humber Coast and Vale Partnership: support for patients to stay healthy and live well with a long-term condition - Diabetes
If you need treatment for drug addiction, you're entitled to NHS care in the same way as anyone else who has a health problem.
With the right help and support, it's possible for you to get drug free and stay that way.
Eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health, and can help you feel your best. This means eating a wide variety of foods in the right proportions, and consuming the right amount of food and drink to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight. Find out more. You can also visit the NHS Change4Life website and access One You resources.
Find out about the North Yorkshire adult weight management service and information on healthy eating and keeping active on the North Yorkshire County Council website.
A healthy lifestyle will make your heart healthier. Here are 10 things you can do to look after your heart.
Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership has launched Healthy Hearts to reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack among people considered to be most at risk in our area. More information can be found here.
Lifestyle-related factors like high blood pressure and high cholesterol, as well as smoking, poor diet and a lack of exercise can increase a person’s risk of developing heart disease or having a stroke.To increase awareness of heart health and reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, Public Health England’s (PHE) Heart Age campaign is encouraging adults to complete the One You Heart Age Test.
There’s only One You: information on healthy eating, exercise, stopping smoking, drinking less, reducing stress and sleeping better is here.
Many people with sexually transmitted infections (STIs) do not get symptoms, so it's worth getting tested even if you feel fine. If you think you have an STI, the earlier you're tested, the sooner treatment can be given if it's needed. Find out more. The CCG also commissions sexual health services – find out more, here.
Smoking harms nearly every organ in the body and is the primary cause of preventable illness and premature death. Your chance of getting a serious health problem such as lung cancer or heart disease is dramatically increased if you are a smoker. Stopping smoking will make drastic improvements to your health and lifestyle, and also protect the health of those around you such as your family and friends. You can find out more and get access to support here.
Weight gain occurs when you regularly eat and drink more calories than you burn through normal bodily functions and physical activity. To lose weight, you should try to cut down on how much you eat and drink and be more active. Find out more.
See below a cohort of information about our adult weight management services:
NYCCG Tier 2 Services and Referral Pathways (Public: Adult Weight Management Service)
The Tier 2 weight management programmes are 12-24 week exercise and lifestyle programmes often provided by local councils, consisting of a variety of group sessions and occasionally 1:1 sessions as well. The first 12 weeks are the standard offer, with the second 12 weeks being dependent on a 5% weight loss. They are always free and have the criteria of 18+ and a BMI of over 30, or 25 where there are additional health risk factors present. Click here for a break down of the information by locality.
The NHS Digital Weight Management Programme
The NHS Digital Weight Management Programme supports adults living with obesity who also have a diagnosis of diabetes or hypertension or both, to manage their weight and improve their health. The NHS Digital Weight Management Programme is a 12-week online behavioural and lifestyle programme. People can access it via a smartphone or computer with internet access.
Scarborough and Whitby patients
The Scarborough and Whitby Adult Weight Management Service is for those:
- Aged 18+
- And with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 and above, with exception to people from the BAME group and people with comorbidities such as hypertension, diabetes, cardiac and respiratory problems where the BMI is 25 or above
This is a 12-24 week programme, with a variety group sessions, and in some cases 1:1 sessions.