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Want to lose weight or pick up some healthy living tips? Many
weight loss programmes now offer their services online.
Feeling under the weather? You can check up on all those
minor ailments. Even recreating the style of your favourite
celebrity is just a click away.
The internet is an information tool that allows us to tap in
to endless knowledge so why not make the most of it.
Here at the Evening Gazette we are running the Get a Better Life campaign in patrnership with the University of Teesside. Thorugh the power of the internet hundreds of people across Teesside have pledged their intention to improve their eating and exercise habits. To help them along the way www.gazettelive.co.uk/betterlife and www.getabetterlifecampaign.co.uk provide a whole host of information and tips as well as sharing real life stories. "There is plenty of support for those hoping to give up smoking. Try www.gosmokefree.nhs.uk" Nutrition Online Healthy living also means healthy eating and when ot comes to learning about nutrition there are plenty of websites to help. Want to know more about what you should and shouldn't be eating? Check out the Food Standards Agency's Eat well, be well site (www.eatwell.gov.uk/healthydiet) where you can find "the eatwell plate" - this is an easy to understand illustration which shows the types and proportions of foods we need to have a healthy and balanced diet. Or for a quick and easy break down of what all your food groups are and which foods you can find them in take a look at www.netdoctor.co.uk/focus/nutrition where there are fact sheets on all teh major foods groups.
Five-a-day We all know it is important to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables each day but sometimes good intentions are easier said than done. Help is at hand in the form of sites like www.5aday.nhs.uk where you can pick up top tips for eating more fruit and veg and handy recipe ideas for the whole family.
These are just some of the fruity facts to be found at www.5aday.co.uk a web-based company encouraging people to eat more fruit and vegetables.
Dieting online There are lots of handy sites for those wanting to lose weight. Weight loss plans such as Slimming World and Weight Watchers now offer their services online. You can click on their sites to find advice, support and inspirational real life stories.
At www.slimmingworld.com you can check out their free diet profile and trial menu. While www.weightwatchers.co.uk offers their recipe of the week and top tips for choosing the right gym. Counting calories? You can do that online. Keep a check on exactly how many calories you are consuming by making use of the information from sources such as www.weightlossresources.co.uk. The site promises a no nonsense look at nutrition and exercise and includes a calorie counter of popular foods.
Quitting Smoking There is planty of support for those hoping to give up smoking. Try www.gosmokefree.nhs.uk for information, advice and even a postcode search to help find your nearest NHS stop smoking service.
Or advice, support and tips are also available from www.quit.org.uk including sections for young people and those that are pregnant.
Health Advice Even if you are feeling under the weather the internet can be a useful tool. NHS Direct now offers its services online (www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk) to help people get quick and easy access to a whole host of information and advice.
Many health centres, dentist surgeries and clinics also have their own websites enabling you to learn more about their facilities. Health charity sites are another informative tool for learning more about different conditions.
Want to boost the health of your heart? The British Heart Foundation has loads of tips. On their website, www.bhf.org.uk, you can find ideas on how to achieve all of these things leading the way to a healthier heart.