Council says ‘stick to the resolutions’

A local council is urging people to stick to their New Year’s resolutions.

The chairman of Northumberland County Council’s health and wellbeing board, Coun Scott Dickinson, is encouraging people to put improving their lifestyle at the top of their list of resolutions for 2015.

“Our advice would be to focus on one aspect of your health or lifestyle you want to change and don’t try and change everything at once,” he said.

“It doesn’t have to be a drastic lifestyle change, small adjustments can make a big difference to your health – and remember the odd setback doesn’t mean you have failed.

“New Year’s resolutions might not be about physical health.

“Evidence shows that taking five simple steps can help to improve your emotional health and wellbeing.

“You don’t need to go it alone; there are a number of local services who can help too.”

Visit www.dryjanuary.org.uk for support in giving up drinking during January, www.northumbria.nhs.uk/our-services/healthy-living/stop-smoking for help with smoking cessation, to find out more about wellbeing, visit www.nhs.uk/livewell/emotionalhealth and to find out what is going on in your local sports centre visit www.northumberland.gov.uk/sportsclubs