Top Tips


Don’t smoke, stop smoking.
There is absolutely nothing more harmful to your health than smoking. If you want help we have a smoking cessation clinic or contact the Torbay Smoking Cessation Clinic on 01803 299160

Eat wholegrain foods.
Wholegrain foods have more minerals, vitamins and roughage than refined “white “ foods. They have been shown to reduce risks of diabetes, bowel cancer and heart disease.

Drink a glass of wine or beer each day.
Alcohol in small sensible quantities has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease.

Use sunscreen and never use a sunbed.
Skin cancer is increasing and is directly related to exposure to ultraviolet light and sunburn.

Eat five portions of fruit and vegetables each day.
These contain antioxidants which reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease, tomatoes are especially good.

Eat fish once a week.
Fish contains Omega-3 oils which reduce cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease.
If you don’t like fish or fruit and vegetables take a daily supplement containing vitamins and Omega-3

Drink tea and coffee and eat chocolate.
Like vegetables these contain antioxidants which are good for your heart but beware of excess caffeine if you are pregnant or suffer from high blood pressure.

Walk a mile a day or exercise three times a week.
Good for your heart and controlling your weight

Keep your BMI under 25.
Being overweight increases risk of diabetes, heart disease, breast and bowel cancer, and arthritis. You can check your BMI here: BMI Calculator

Attend NHS screening clinics.
There is NHS screening for cervical cancer, breast cancer, bowel cancer, aortic aneurysm, cardiovascular risk. You will be called for these automatically if you are eligible.
Don’t ignore your invitation. All these conditions can be treated if caught early.

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