NHS Live Well

Advice, tips and tools to help you make the best choices about your health and wellbeing

Eat Well

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health, and can help you feel your best.
This means eating a wide variety of foods in the right proportions, and consuming the right amount of food and drink to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.

Healthy Weight

To find out if you're a healthy weight for your height, work out your body mass index (BMI).
You can easily check your BMI by using our BMI calculator. A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered healthy.
The BMI calculator can also be used to check if your child is a healthy weight.


How much physical activity do adults aged 19 to 64 years old need to do to stay healthy?
To stay healthy or improve health, adults need to do 2 types of physical activity each week: aerobic and strength exercises.
How much physical activity you need to do each week depends on your age. 

Sleep and Tiredness

Feeling exhausted is so common that it has its own acronym, TATT, which stands for "tired all the time".
We all feel tired from time to time. The reasons are usually obvious and include:

  • too many late nights
  • long hours spent at work
  • a baby keeping you up at night

But tiredness or exhaustion that goes on for a long time is not normal. It can affect your ability to get on and enjoy your life.
Unexplained tiredness is one of the most common reasons for people to see their GP.

Sexual Health

Many people with sexually transmitted infections (STIs) do not get symptoms, so it's worth getting tested even if you feel fine. If you think you have an STI, the earlier you're tested, the sooner treatment can be given if it's needed.
An STI can be passed from one person to another through sexual contact, including vaginal, anal and oral sex.
STIs can pass between men and women, and from women to women and men to men.
Many STIs can be cured with antibiotics. Some, such as HIV, have no cure, but can be treated to prevent them getting worse.
You cannot tell by looking at someone (including yourself) whether they have an infection, so it's important to get a check-up if you have had unprotected sex or think you might be at risk.

More specific sexual health advice is given in "Women who have sex with women" and "Men who have sex with men".


Am I depressed? How can I feel less stressed? Why am I so anxious?
Whatever you need to know about coping with stress, anxiety or depression, or just the normal emotional ups and downs of life, the NHS Moodzone is here to help.
It offers practical advice, interactive tools, videos and audio guides to help you feel mentally and emotionally better.

Alcohol Support

Realising you have a problem with alcohol is the first big step to getting help.
You may need help if:

  • you often feel the need to have a drink 
  • you get into trouble because of your drinking
  • other people warn you about how much you're drinking
  • you think your drinking is causing you problems 

A good place to start is with your GP. Try to be accurate and honest about how much you drink and any problems it may be causing you.
If you have become dependent on alcohol, you will have found it difficult to fully control your drinking in some way.
So you'll probably need some help either to cut down and control your drinking or stop completely, and also some plans to maintain the improvement after that.
Your GP may suggest different types of assessment and support options available to you, such as from local community alcohol services.
You can also ask about any free local support groups and other alcohol counselling that may suit you.
Find alcohol support services in your area.
If you have become physically dependent and need to stop drinking completely, stopping overnight could be harmful.
You should get advice about this and about any medication you may need to do this safely.
The sorts of withdrawal symptoms that suggest you may need medication include:

  • anxiety after waking
  • sweating and tremors
  • nausea or retching in the morning
  • vomiting
  • hallucinations
  • seizures or fits

Quit Smoking

Smoking is bad for your health, but exactly how will stopping make life better? Here are 10 ways your health will improve when you stop smoking.

  • Stopping smoking lets you breathe more easily
  • Stopping smoking gives you more energy
  • Ditch the cigarettes and feel less stressed
  • Quitting leads to better sex
  • Stopping smoking improves fertility
  • Stopping smoking improves smell and taste
  • Stop smoking for younger-looking skin
  • Ex-smokers have whiter teeth and sweeter breath
  • Quit smoking to live longer
  • A smoke-free home protects your loved ones

Healthy Body

A healthy lifestyle will make your heart healthier. Here are 10 things you can do to look after your heart.

  • Give up smoking
  • Get active
  • Manage your weight
  • Eat more fibre
  • Cut down on saturated fat
  • Get your 5 A Day
  • Cut down on salt
  • Eat fish
  • Drink less alcohol
  • Read the food label
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