Public Health experts are urging vulnerable people across Somerset to keep warm to keep well in the New Year.
Cold weather can lead to very serious health problems, such as heart attacks, strokes or pneumonia, and sometimes it can even kill – especially if you have a long-term health condition or are over 65.
Public Health England has published a free booklet “Keep Warm, Keep Well” with advice to help you maintain good health during winter and to take advantage of the financial help and benefits that are available.
Top tips for beating any cold snaps include:
· Have your flu jab to protect yourself and others from influenza, if you’re in an eligible group
· Have regular hot meals and drinks throughout the day and keep active to help your body stay warm.
· Wear a few layers of thin clothing rather than one thick layer. When you need to go outside wear shoes with slip resistant, good grip soles.
Councillor Christine Lawrence, Chair of the Somerset Health and Wellbeing Board, said: “We should all take steps to look after our own and our loved ones’ health this winter and where possible to look out for elderly neighbours.”