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Make steps towards a healthier you this new year

AFTER all the indulgence of the festive season, together with Sefton Council are encouraging you to get the New Year off to the right start by taking better control of your health.

Living Well Sefton said:- "We're reminding your readers about the number of great resources available to you if you are looking to make positive changes to your lifestyle. Living Well Sefton enables people to make small changes to their lives that can have a big impact on their wellbeing. It offers individual and group support around a broad range of issues, from eating better and being more active, to managing debt. All Sefton residents are eligible and can self refer via the website or by calling:- 03003230181."

Dr Rob Caudwell, local GP and chair of NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said:- "January can be a good time to make some real changes which can improve your physical and mental health, such as taking a break from drinking. Persistent alcohol misuse can lead to heart disease, stroke, liver disease and liver cancer among other things. I would encourage you to take part in Dry January and start your New Year off on the right foot."

During the Covid19 Pandemic harmful drinking has risen significantly, consequently impacting on people, communities, and services.

The Lower My Drinking app, which is free to download for anyone living or working in Sefton, gives advice and uses scientifically proven tools to reduce drinking to the recommended limit of 14 units a week or less.

It will help you set a drinking goal, and achieve it by:-

Tracking progress towards an individual drinking goal.

Recognising all the gains to be made by cutting down.

Focusing on what is really motivating to reduce drinking.

Sees how an individual's drinking compares to the rest of the population

Dr Pete Chamberlain, local GP and chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, added:- "Another good change to make this new year is to give up smoking. Quitting smoking has some real health benefits including reducing your chance of having a stroke and developing heart disease, as well as making you less likely to get cancer."

For tips and guidance about drinking less and a range of lifestyle advice, visit the Better Health website.

Sefton Council's Smokefree Sefton service can also support people that are trying to stop smoking.

The programme provides free behavioural support, combined with access to licensed medications to help you stop smoking.

For more information on Smokefree Sefton visit the website. Or telephone:- 03001001000.

Sefton Council's Active Sefton team is offering personalised support with managing a healthy weight and exploring good nutrition alongside free sessions to keep active. Anyone interested can contact the team on:- 01519342352.

Margaret Jones, Sefton Council's Director of Public Health said:- "Sefton Council's public health team works to protect and improve health for local residents and provides advice on physical, mental and emotional health issues at:- Sefton.Gov.UJK/Public-Health. New year is a good time for all of us to make changes in our lives, but this year we all need to make sure that we remember to say Covid safe while taking up any new activities."

Gemma Boardman, Living Well Sefton programme manager, added:- "Our Living Well Sefton mentors are always on hand to support you with your personal wellbeing goals, whether that's to share expertise and advice or simply encourage and empower you to make positive changes throughout 2022."

Holographic cards distributed across Merseyside to drive awareness of exploitation across young people!

POCKET sized holographic cards are being distributed to young people across Merseyside to increase awareness of the warning signs of exploitation and trafficking. The cards have been produced by Merseyside's Police Commissioner Emily Spurrell in partnership with charity Stop the Traffik to mark National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, that took place on 11 January 2022, with the aim of encouraging young people to learn how to spot the warning signs of modern slavery and exploitation.

The business sized cards ask young people to think:- "would you know if your friend was in trouble?" They then shimmer to reveal the answer that:- "exploitation can be hidden in plain sight." A QR code on the back directs young people directly to the Stop the Traffik website which contains extensive information about modern slavery and human trafficking.

The cards have already been handed out to student teachers at Liverpool John Moores University, following a seminar about the issue of modern slavery. They are also being shared with local Youth Centres and Community Centres and are being distributed by volunteers at coffee shops and other venues across the City.

The QR code directing people to Stop the Traffik have been also been printed on large boards to use at youth events, so users can scan directly to the website to find out more.  You can also access and download all the information at:- StopTheTraffik.Org.

Merseyside's Police Commissioner Emily Spurrell said:- "Modern slavery is one of the most abhorrent crimes in society today. Vulnerable people are stripped of their liberty and dignity and forced into servitude. While it is still very much a hidden crime, we know it is happening right here and now in communities across Merseyside. That's why it's vital we do everything possible to raise awareness of the warning signs of exploitation and trafficking and, as we mark National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, I'm pleased to be working with Stop the Traffik again to increase understanding of this horrific crime, particularly among young people. Sadly, we know that young people are particularly vulnerable to being exploited by County Lines drugs gangs, so it is crucial we reach their friends and peers so they know how to spot the signs and alert someone if they fear someone is in danger. By acting as our eyes and ears, young people can help to spot the warning signs that someone is being enslaved and exploited. They could even save a life."

Stop the Traffik's Annette Maudsley said:- "Since Liverpool Stop the Traffik started over 10 years ago our aim has been to make Liverpool a hostile City for traffickers to work. To continue doing this we are focusing on preventing / raising awareness by educating each other no matter the age. Education shifts culture, so whilst these cards are aimed at teenagers, we want as many as possible to understand what trafficking is, how the grooming starts, and how to reach out for help if needed. By recognising the signs of grooming and trafficking face to face and online, it may just save someone's life! This is a global crime, so we need to fight it globally, work together, encourage and, support each and make sure we are alert to what is going on around us. Working with, and having the support of the PCC, has been an incredible blessing and enabled us to do more than what we could have imagined. We believe these cards are simple and effective enough to enable people to get the help and information they need. We may never know how many people we help, but no matter what, we will continue to reach out to the community, help, educate and raise awareness and try our best to make Liverpool a hostile City for traffickers to work."

Any organisation wishing to share the awareness cards should please contact:- Info@MerseysidePCC.Info.

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