Staying warm and keeping healthy
During the colder months, keeping your home warm is important for your health and comfort. Living in a cold home can make health conditions such as asthma or cardiovascular disease much worse. The Council's winter warmth team provides a range of advice and support to help you keep warm.
Flu (influenza) is a common infectious illness spread by coughs and sneezes. It can be very unpleasant, but most people usually begin to feel better within about a week.
For some people, however, flu, can lead to serious complications. We recommend having a flu jab in the autumn. The flu jab is free at your pharmacy or GP surgery if you are aged 65 and over, have certain medical conditions, you are a carer, or you are pregnant, because you or the person you care for has a higher risk of complications. Even if you’ve had a flu jab in previous years, you’ll need another one for each year.
Flu is easily spread by children, and so to reduce the spread vaccinations are offered to 2 and 3 year olds via your GP, and via a nasal spray to children in reception class and school years I through to 5 via the school. It’s important to sign and return the consent form to your child’s school.
Watching your weight
Maintaining a healthy weight is important for your overall health. Becoming overweight or obese increases your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers. If you’re overweight, losing weight has many health benefits. Making simple changes to what and how much you eat and drink and how active you are can help you lose the pounds.
Looking to lose weight?
If you live in Camden or have a Camden GP and would like support to lose weight, you may be eligible to join our free 12-week weight and lifestyle programme, Rebalance.
Further details about Rebalance are below:
Phone: 020 7974 1741
Health Checks for people aged 40 and over
If you are aged between 40 and 74, you may be able to get a free NHS Health Check. It’s a great way to find out more about your health and get personal advice on keeping well. It can pick up potential problems before they cause you serious harm. Think of it as your health MOT.
What happens at an NHS Health Check?
Your blood pressure, cholesterol and body mass index (BMI) are tested. You get the results – and can discuss them with the person who does the check. The check is free of charge, including any follow-up tests or appointments.
You can receive an NHS Health Check if you:
- live in Camden or are registered with a Camden GP
- are aged between 40 and 74
- have not had a full NHS Health Check within the past five years
- don’t have or aren’t taking medication for heart disease or heart failure, stroke or mini stroke (TIA), high blood pressure, high cholesterol, kidney disease, heart attack, artery disease or diabetes.
Book your NHS Health Check at your GP surgery.
Stop Smoking Support
Stopping smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health, and the health of your family. How you choose to stop smoking is up to you – we are here to help you kick the habit for good.
Your free and confidential stop smoking service
Breathe is a free and confidential stop smoking service that offers confidential advice to people who live, work or study in Camden. Breathe advisors know that different types of support work for different people. They can provide a range of tailored methods to help you quit.
We know that people lead busy lives and that booking an appointment for things such as stopping smoking isn’t always easy. That’s why we offer a range of different support options. You can come and speak to one of our approachable, fully trained advisors whenever you want at any of our clinics across Camden.