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Wyre Forest Clinical Commissioning Group
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 Stay well in cold weather

Men's health big

At this time of year the weather can be very changeable, so residents in Wyre Forest are being reminded that one of the best ways to keep well is to keep warm.

Cold weather and cold homes can have a significant impact on people's health, so keeping warm over the winter months can help prevent some illnesses particularly amongst the elderly and those with respiratory conditions.

Some of the best ways to keep warm are:

  • Having hot meals and drinks regularly throughout the day
  • Staying active and moving around
  • Keeping your house warm, at least 18c
  • Wearing lots of thin layers to trap heat

Dr Simon Rumley, Chair and Clinical Lead from NHS Wyre Forest CCG said: “There are plenty of things people can do to stay warm but sometimes these can be neglected, particularly by the elderly who may have a medical condition which means they’re not so aware of the cold.

“The weather can quickly turn from being relatively mild and spring-like to extremely cold so it’s important everyone has plans in place to keep warm when temperatures drop.

“If you have elderly relatives or neighbours, do keep an eye on them to make sure they’re warm and well.  Make sure they have enough of the basics in their cupboards – tinned soup, bread and milk, and that if they take medication they have enough to last them.”

For more advice on staying well visit www.nhs.uk/staywell

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