Lifestyle

Lifestyle

Click on the links below to access information on each topic:

Exercise | Mental Health and Wellbeing | Smoking | Alcohol & Drug Support | Gambling Addiction | Sexual Health


Exercise

Exercise can benefit our health in so many ways.  It can improve energy levels, clear our heads and lift moods.  It can help many physical health issues including lower back pain and high blood pressure.  It reduces the risk of long term conditions such as heart disease, anxiety, depression, type 2 diabetes and some cancers.

There are guidelines to outline the recommended physical activity we should all be doing. Please see the following links for further information and guidance and some suggestions of some apps and links to help you improve your activity levels.

Couch to 5k

Couch to 5k is a free and easy way of getting fitter and healthier whether you have never run before or if you just want to become more active. 

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/get-running-with-couch-to-5k/

Penllergaer Valley Woods Running Group

The Penllergaer Valley Woods Running Group meets every Sunday at 10am with two groups for either new runners starting out on the couch to 5k programme or an advanced group for those running 5-10k.

https://penllergare.org/2019/01/24/c25k-running-group-sundays-10am/

Swansea Bay Park Run

Parkruns are free, weekly, community events all around the world.  Parkrun is a positive, welcoming and inclusive experience where there is no time limit and no one finishes last. Everyone is welcome to come along, whether you walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate. 

In Swansea the event takes place at The Secret Beach Bar & Kitchen, Mumbles Rd, Swansea, SA2 0AY at 9am on Saturdays.

https://www.parkrun.org.uk/swanseabay/

Active10

A brisk daily walk can improve your health in so many ways.  Active 10 is a free and easy to use app that tracks your walking and shows you how you can increase your energy levels to benefit your health.

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/active10/home

‘Get Healthy through Walking’

There are a number of instructor-led walks that take place around Swansea on a weekly basis – allowing for the chance to take part in regular exercise as well as enjoying the social aspects of the walk (there’s usually a coffee stop at the end of the route!).  They are all free and suitable for all abilities.

For more information on Monday’s Gorseinon walks contact: Hilary (07816372756)

https://www.swansea.gov.uk/article/2224/get-healthy-through-walking

National Exercise Referral Scheme (NERS):

A government funded exercise scheme aimed at people over 16 years of age who are unused to being regularly physically active and have a medical condition. The aim of the scheme is to provide opportunities to exercise than can be fun, motivating and incorporated into everyday life. 

To enquire further please discuss with a member of our nursing team at an appointment and see the following information:

https://www.wlga.gov.uk/national-exercise-referral-scheme-ners

Physical Activity for Children:

When children are a healthy weight they feel better about themselves, find it easier to play and learn and are more likely to grow up to be healthy.  ‘Every Child Wales’ is scheme introduced by Public Health Wales providing ideas to help families provide the best start to children aiming for happy and healthy futures.

http://everychildwales.co.uk/parents/


Smoking:

Help Me Quit is the single point of contact for smokers who want to stop smoking in Wales. Smokers can refer themselves for stop smoking support directly by:

Calling (Freephone): 0800 085 2219

Texting (standard rate message change): HMQ to 80818

Completing an online form: for further information regarding the service please see 

https://www.helpmequit.wales


Alcohol and Drug Support:

There are many agencies available locally to provide confidential help and support to those people who are concerned about their alcohol or substance misuse or affected by alcohol or drugs:

https://www.swansea.gov.uk/alcoholanddrugs

AADAS (Abertawe Alcohol and Drugs Assessment Service)

For adults over 18

Telephone: 01792 530719

Address: 42 St James’ Crescent, Uplands, Swansea, SA1 6DR

https://111.wales.nhs.uk/LocalServices/ViewLocalService.aspx?id=6948

Choices Swansea (Barod)

For young people under 18.

Telephone: 01792 472002

Address: INFONATION, 47 The Kingsway, Swansea, SA1 5HG

https://barod.cymru/where-to-get-help/west-wales-services/choices-swansea/

DAN 24/7 Wales Drug and Alcohol Helpline

Telephone: 0808 808 2234

www.DAN247.org.uk

Frank

For friendly confidential advice regarding drugs and alcohol talk to FRANK…

https://www.talktofrank.com/


Gambling Addiction:

The Addiction Recovery Agency (ARA) offer a FREE counselling service throughout Wales for those affected by problem gambling.

Telephone: 0117 930 0282

https://recovery4all.co.uk/


Sexual Health:

For information on local sexual health services:

https://111.wales.nhs.uk/localservices/ViewLocalService.aspx?id=4530&s=Sexual+Health

For information on sexually transmitted infections:

https://www.sexwise.fpa.org.uk/stis


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