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The Bridge Group Practice

Orchard Health Centre
210 Orchard Road

Elliottt Chappell Health Centre
215, Hessle Road
01482 30384001482 303840

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Promoting Good Health

In promoting good health, we give information and advice to patients so that they can be encouraged to be in the best health that they can achieve.  

Amongst the wide range of areas covered, we offer immunisation programmes and special efforts to prevent or delay the onset of diseases such as COPD, IHD, STIs and diabetes. 

Promoting healthy lifestyles, ideally from a young age, can help in bridging the equality gap between those in society who are disadvantaged and others. Smoking, obesity and alcohol consumption are major risk factors for many diseases.

Through our Venn Primary Care Network (PCN), patients  under certain criteria can access Health & Lifestyle Practitioners.

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The Health & Lifestyle Practitioners are non-clinical practitioners located within our GP practice who can support patients with making positive lifestyle changes including improving diet and increasing physical activity levels.

The Health & Lifestyle Practitioners focus on the prevention of conditions such as Cardiovascular Disease and Type 2 Diabetes.

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Promoting good health is fundamental to improving quality of life and ensuring long-term wellbeing. It involves a combination of lifestyle choices, preventive measures, and community support, all aimed at maintaining physical, mental, and emotional health. Here are some key strategies for promoting good health:

A balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins provides essential nutrients that the body needs to function optimally. Reducing the intake of processed foods, sugars, and unhealthy fats can prevent obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic conditions. Incorporating a variety of foods ensures that one gets a broad spectrum of vitamins and minerals necessary for overall health.

Physical Activity
Regular physical activity is crucial for maintaining a healthy body and mind. It helps control weight, reduces the risk of chronic diseases, and improves mental health by reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety. Adults should aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week, along with muscle-strengthening exercises on two or more days a week.

Mental Health
Mental health is an integral part of overall health. Promoting mental wellbeing involves managing stress through techniques like mindfulness, meditation, and relaxation exercises. Ensuring adequate sleep, maintaining social connections, and seeking professional help when needed are vital components of good mental health. Creating a supportive environment where people can talk openly about their mental health without stigma is also crucial.

Preventive Healthcare
Regular check-ups and screenings can detect health issues early when they are most treatable. Vaccinations are a key preventive measure to protect against infectious diseases. Encouraging regular dental and vision check-ups, and screenings for conditions like hypertension, diabetes, and certain cancers, can lead to early interventions and better health outcomes.

Healthy Environment
A healthy environment supports good health by reducing exposure to harmful pollutants and promoting access to clean air, water, and nutritious food. Urban planning that includes green spaces, safe walking and cycling paths, and community centers can encourage physical activity and social interaction. Reducing environmental toxins and ensuring food safety also play significant roles in promoting health.

Health Education
Educating people about the importance of healthy lifestyle choices empowers them to take control of their health. Health education can be delivered through schools, workplaces, community centers, and online platforms. Topics can include nutrition, physical activity, mental health, substance abuse prevention, and sexual health. Providing accurate and accessible information helps individuals make informed decisions about their health.

Community Support
Communities play a vital role in promoting health. Support groups, community programs, and local health initiatives can provide resources and encouragement for individuals to adopt healthier behaviors. Community health workers and volunteers can reach out to underserved populations, offering guidance and support where it is most needed.

Promoting good health requires a holistic approach that includes healthy lifestyle choices, preventive healthcare, mental health support, and a supportive environment. By addressing these areas, individuals and communities can work together to improve health outcomes and enhance quality of life.