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Walking 10 minutes a day can improve your mood

Turn 10 mins walk into 10 mins exerciseWalking for just 10 minutes a day could boost your mood and help banish those January blues.

Walking not only induces positive emotions, it can also help towards maintaining a healthy weight, strengthening bones and muscles, and also preventing and managing various health conditions, including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

A little does a lot – Alternative ways to live healthily in the New Year

If your New Year resolution is to embrace a healthier lifestyle, then NHS Choices has lots of support available online.

For starters, making small changes to your diet is the healthiest and most achievable way to lose weight. Avoiding food with too much fat, salt and sugar by swapping them for something healthier such as fruit and vegetables can help reduce your calorie intake.

Help yourself and others to Stay Well This Winter and don’t spread flu in the West Midlands

Public Health England (PHE) in the West Midland is urging people to help the region ‘stay well this winter’ by preventing the spread of flu across the region.

Dr Helen Carter, Deputy Director at Public Health England (PHE) West Midlands, said: “Our data shows that more people are visiting GPs with flu symptoms and we are seeing more people admitted to hospitals with the flu. We are currently seeing a mix of flu types, including the A(H3N2) strain that circulated last winter in the UK and then in Australia. The vaccine is the best defence we have against the spread of flu and it isn’t too late for people to go to their GP or pharmacist and get vaccinated – especially those in risk groups including those aged 65 and over, pregnant women or those with a long-term medical condition.