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GP’s top tips for a healthier New Year

Small but vital changes to lifestyle can make all the difference for people looking to improve their health in the New Year.
 
The importance of small but sustainable changes was highlighted this week by Dr Sheila Newport, Chair of NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) which plans and buys healthcare for 525,000 people.
 
She said that anyone wanting to put better health at the top of their New Year’s Resolution List should focus on small changes that made a big difference if sustained in the long term.
 
She called on people to take moderate physical exercise for half an hour five times a week. The exercise should be strenuous enough to leave the person slightly out of breath.
 
She also urged people to give up smoking, drink less alcohol and eat plenty of fruit and fibre if they were overweight or had high cholesterol or diabetes.
 
Dr Newport said: “A New Year means a fresh start but the key to success is motivation and choosing the right time to embark on major behaviour change.
 
“Putting small, realistic goals on your New Year’s Resolution List is far more likely to help you achieve your aims in the long term so, whenever you can, walk or cycle and take the stairs instead of the lift or escalators. 

“Half-hearted attempts at weight loss are more likely to lead to weight gain and a sense of failure and low self-esteem. When you are ready there are services to help you succeed. In the meantime, get you and your family active and try something new or rediscover something you enjoyed doing before.”
 
For lots of great advice on sensible weight loss, visit NHS UK and search for “weight management.”
 
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NOTES TO EDITORS: 
 
NHS Southern Derbyshire CCG represents 57 GP practices and is responsible for the healthcare of 525,000 people. It is one of four clinical commissioning groups in Derbyshire.
 
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Ref: SD/RHR/478

Small but vital changes to lifestyle can make all the difference for people looking to improve their health in the New Year.