Healthy living

Healthy living

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We all have a responsibility to look after our own health and wellbeing and to use NHS services wisely. 

You can find information on healthy living and service to help you stay well in the sliders below

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 has lots of ideas and support on switching to a healthy diet, active living, and other ways to reach and maintain a healthy weight.

You can find information on exercise and becoming more active, including the Couch to 5k programme, on the NHS Choices website.

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 thNHS Choices website.

You can find information on drug and alcohol services in East Sussex on the Change Grow Live website

Many minor illnesses and injuries can be treated at home.  

Family medicine cabinet

Your pharmacist can help you put together a basic family medicine cabinet, so you can care for minor injuries and illnesses at home.

The NHS Choices website also has helpful information on what to include.

Information and support

If you're worried about an illness or injury, you can always call NHS 111.  The line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and can give you advice and direct you to the best service.

You can also find information about health conditions on the NHS Choices website. 

Care at home

You can find more information about care at home on the East Sussex County Council website

Eating Well

Please follow the link to find information on Eating Well to Stay Healthy as You Age

Preventing falls

With a little planning it's possible to reduce the risk of falling, and there are ways to make a fall less serious.

You can find helpful information on preventing falls by following the links below:


If you are looking for information on Continuing Health Care, Personal Health Budgets or Funded Nursing Care, please see the Continuing Healthcare page.

Eating Well

Please follow the link to find information on Eating Well to Stay Healthy, including information on preparing food for the person you care for.

A free NHS Health Check is a simple appointment that could save your life. Taking action now can help prevent the onset of life-affecting conditions including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease and stroke.

You can find more information on the NHS Health check on the East Sussex County Council website.

The NHS runs national screening programmes to detect the early signs of breast, bowel and cervical cancer. It also provides a prostate cancer risk management programme for men aged 50 and over.

Screening programmes

Screening for transgender people

Trans patients are entitled to cancer prevention screening, which can be accessed via their GP. 

Automatic recall systems use a patient's current gender to make lists of people to contact for sex-specific screening.  This means that trans patients may not be included in recall lists. 

Trans patients can ask their GP to make special arrangements for the appropriate screening.

Public Health England have published a leaflet about screening for trans people

Guidance for GPs on how to support screening for trans patients can be found on the NHS Brighton and Hove CCG website