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Living healthily

It's never too late to make positive changes to how you live your day to day life. There are huge benefits to stopping smoking, being more active, limiting alcohol intake and eating more healthily.

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How can I reduce my risk of CVD?

There are a number of things you can do to reduce your risk of Cardiovascular Disease. See the icons below and click to read more about how you can help to keep your heart happy.

Also visit the 'Being happy and healthy during COVID-19' page

Live well

Small and simple changes could make a huge difference! A healthy lifestyle is the best way to prevent CVD. See below for more information.

Know your numbers!

Most people know their weight, but do you know what your blood pressure is? Or your cholesterol? The only way to find out is to get checked. See below for more information.

Scroll down for links to support and services in your area..

1. High Blood Pressure

Know your numbers...

Having a healthy blood pressure is essential to maintaining a healthy heart.

Around a third of adults in the UK are known to have high blood pressure (hypertension), a leading cause of heart attack and stroke.

What’s your blood pressure? Do you know your numbers? Next time you see your doctor or practice nurse, ask them to check.

1. High Blood Pressure

Having a healthy blood pressure is essential to maintaining a healthy heart...

2. Smoking

Giving up smoking is the single biggest thing you can do to improve your...

3. High Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a fatty substance known as a lipid and is vital for the normal functioning of the body....

4. Overweight

If you’d like free local support to help you lose weight...

5. Poorly Controlled Diabetes

People with diabetes have a higher chance of developing cardio...

6. Inactivity

Exercise is the miracle cure we've always had, but for too long we've neglected to take our recommended dose...

7. Too Much Alcohol

Do you know how much you are drinking? Keep a drinks diary for a week...

8. Unhealthy Diet

We recommend eating a healthy, balanced, high-fibre diet...

9. Stress

Spotting the early signs of stress will also help prevent it getting...

If you're aged 40-74 years old you may be eligible for a
FREE NHS health check. Part of this check involves
assessing your individual CVD risk and advising you how
to reduce it.


Local services helping you to look after your heart...

Also, see the 'Being Healthy and Happy' resources in the COVID-19 area



1. Local health and wellbeing services

For more information on local health and wellbeing services in your area click on the links below. 


Cheshire East 'Live Well' directory of services

Cheshire West and Chester 'Live Well' directory of services


Halton 'Looking after yourself' service directory


Knowsely 'Healthy Knowsley' healthy lifestyle services and activities


Liverpool Live Well Directory, and advice on how to Live Your Life Well


Sefton Health advice and services.


St Helens 'Staying Well' service directory.


Warrington  Support and services. 


Wirral Health and Wellbeing services  and Best You 


2. Leaflets

 Live well, stay well leaflet  


 A range of downloadable leaflets from BHF including: 

Understanding your weight

Keep your heart healthy

Taking control of alcohol

Taking control of food portions and labels

Eat better 



3. Apps  

Extra support at your fingertips!
There are lots of helpful tools you can download to your smartphone to help with changing your lifestyle:

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