Cricket Green Medical Practice

75-79 Miles Road, Mitcham

Merton

Clinical Commissioning Group

Your Health

It’s easy to take your health for granted.

By following a healthy lifestyle you can reduce the risk of getting seriously ill. You will feel better and it will help improve your immune system.

Alcohol

Beer CansIn small quantities, alcohol can actually be beneficial to health. In large quantities, on a regular basis, it can have a very serious negative effect on health. At one extreme it can kill. Cirrhosis of the liver, for instance, is killing an increasing number of people, as are drivers who are over the limit.

  • An accepted safe limit is 28 units a week for men and 21 units for women, a unit being approximately a glass of wine, half a pint of beer or a single measure of spirit
  • This recommended maximum presumes that the consumption is spread throughout the week and not consumed all at once in a binge.

Smoking

  • Over 100,000 people die each year in the uk from smoking-related diseases
  • Every cigarette you smoke can shorten your life by an average of five and a half minutes
  • Babies of smokers are, on average, 200 grammes smaller than those of non smokers
  • Smokers smell!

How to give up Smoking

Stopping smoking is all about motivation. Without the real desire to give up you are unable to succeed. You must want to give up rather than feel you should give up.
Cigarettes

  • Set a date a week or so in the future when you intend to stop
  • Tell all your friends, relations and work colleagues that you’re giving up on that day and ask for their support and encouragement. If at all possible, find someone to give up with you
  • When the big day comes, plan it carefully with plenty to keep you occupied. Avoid situations where the desire to smoke will be strongest such as whilst drinking
  • Finally, carefully put the money you would have spent on cigarettes on one side, each day, to save up for some special treat as a reward

If you’ve tried everything and failed but are still keen to give up, seek help from your doctor.

Diet

If your diet is lacking, your body has ways of letting you know, for example, you may be overweight or underweight or you may have a spotty complexion or constipation. Ultimately, a bad diet can lead to serious problems such as heart disease.

  • A good diet helps fight off disease and makes you look and feel good

 

 

 

 

 

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The Expert Patients Programme is a free, self-management course that supports people living with, or caring for someone with, one or more long-term health conditions. Common long-term conditions include: diabetes, back pain, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, asthma, arthritis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

The course offers a tool-kit of techniques to enable you to manage your condition better on a daily basis, by increasing your confidence and quality of life. Each course consists of 12 to 16 people, led by tutors who have long-term conditions

By attending a course you will:

  • learn new skills to manage your health condition
  • develop confidence in the daily management of your condition
  • meet others and share similar experiences
  • develop effective relationships with healthcare professionals.

People who have taken part have reported that it has helped them to:

  • feel confident and more in control of their life
  • manage their condition and treatment together with healthcare professionals
  • be realistic about the impact of their condition on themselves and their family
  • use their new skills and knowledge to improve their quality of life.

Who can take part?

Anyone living with (or caring for someone with) one or more long-term health conditions can attend a course. To attend a course you must either live, work or be registered with a GP in Merton.

What is expected of me?

We ask you to commit to:

  • attend one session a week, for six weeks (each session lasts two and a half hours)
  • travel to sessions within Merton.

​Want to know more?

You can contact us if you have any queries or would like to register for a course.

Please call ​020 3880 0267