Tuesday 21 December is the official start of winter. With weeks of dark and cold days ahead, it’s important to fuel your body and mind in the right way.

Did you know?

  • 70% of our immune system is based in our gut
  • 95% of serotonin (a major mood-influencing hormone) is produced in the small intestine
  • 95% of people wash their hands incorrectly
  • Nearly 7% of people are affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) during the months of September to April
  • When you sneeze, germs travel at 100mph
  • 27% of people are deficient in vitamin D


Winter Health Factsheet

How are you and those closest to you keeping well during the winter? Add some self-care to each day and look after your mind and body. Find out about your immune system and what you can do to take care of it in this factsheet.

Have you got your free flu vaccination voucher?

Flu vaccinations are free on the NHS for anyone over the age of 50 or anyone under 50 with an underlying medical condition – you can contact your local GP to arrange an appointment to get yours.  However, if you are under 50 and don’t have any underlying medical conditions, we have free Boots pharmacy flu vaccinations available on a first come first served basis – simply click here to get your voucher.

Walk for Home

This Friday, 10 December, join a nationwide effort to fight the housing emergency by doing your own walk for Shelter. Wherever you are, walk 3km, 5km or 10km and raise money for those who need it the most, whilst doing your bit for your own wellbeing. For more details, click here.

This time of year, is hard for many…

Whether or not Christmas is part of your life, it’s a time of year that often puts additional pressure on us and can affect our mental health. If you find this time of year particularly difficult, you are not alone and there are people you can talk to. GroceryAid have counsellors available 24/7 on 08088 012 122 or you can access their support through their website at www.groceryaid.org.uk for you and your dependents.

Thank you

Thank you to you all for your support in doing all you can to keep our people safe. Wishing you all a restful break and a happy start to the New Year.

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