Lifestyle changes

There are numerous websites and apps which can help with different aspects of lifestyle. It is difficult to look at all of them, and until there is an approved library which the NHS considers safe and reliable, it is probably better to use those which have had some NHS connection.

NHS: Home is a good place to start, and this has links to smoking cessation programmes who have various platforms: an app, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube videos.

There are also sections on alcohol reduction, diet, exercise… in fact, here is a list of topics they include in living healthily, many of which include apps for patients to have on their phones:

• Abuse
• Addiction
• Adoption and fostering
• Alcohol support
• Allergies
• Autism
• Back health and exercises for back pain
• Bereavement
• Bites and stings
• Black health
• Bone health
• Breast cancer
• Bullying
• Cancer prevention
• Cancer, living with
• Child health 6-15
• Children’s sleep
• Colds and flu
• Complementary and alternative medicine
• Contraception guide
• Cosmetic surgery
• Couch to 5K running plan
• Dental health
• Diabetes
• Digestive health
• Disability
• Drugs information and addiction support
• Eat4Cheap challenge
• Eating disorders
• End of life care
• Exercise
• Exercise: getting started
• Eye health
• Facial disfigurement
• Family health
• Fatigue
• Fertility
• Fitness
• Fitness Studio: exercise videos
• Five a day
• Food and diet
• Food safety
• Foot health
• Good sex
• Healthy Christmas
• Healthy eating
• Healthy recipes
• Hearing problems
• Heart health
• Incontinence
• Infertility
• Insomnia
• Kidney health
• Learning disabilities
• Living with a condition
• Lose weight
• Medicines and pharmacy
• Menopause
• Men’s health 18-39
• Men’s health 40-60
• Men’s health 60-plus
• Menstrual cycle
• Mental health
• Moodzone
• Pain
• Penis health
• Periods
• Pharmacy and medicines
• Pregnancy
• Prostate health
• Puberty
• Ramadan
• Schoolchildren
• Screening and testing
• Sex and young people
• Sexual health
• Skin
• Sleep
• Snoring
• South Asian health
• STIs
• Stop smoking
• Strength and Flex
• Stress, anxiety and depression
• Stroke
• Student health
• Summer health
• Superfoods evidence
• Talking about sex
• Teen boys 15-18
• Teen girls 15-18
• Tiredness and fatigue
• Travel health
• Treatment abroad
• Vaccinations
• Vagina health
• Vegetarian and vegan diets
• Volunteering
• Weight loss plan
• Weight loss support
• Winter health
• Women’s health 18-39
• Women’s health 40-60
• Women’s health 60-plus
• Workplace health
• Youth mental health

These NHS apps might be helpful:

Flo can help support patients to make changes to their lifestyle such as stopping smoking, eating more healthily, managing their weight, reducing alcohol, increasing exercise. Various protocols can be found in the resources section, as well as a lifestyle management plan, where patients can set their own goals.

Websites which can help with assistive technology are :

Disabled Living FoundationIndependent For LongerStaffordshire.gov.

Wearable technology, such as Fitbits, or even simpler pedometers can help motivate people to change their lifestyle.

Patients may be reviewed by video consultation, such as Skype, where appropriate. See more information about Skype in ‘TECS in Use

Health messages can be publicised on an open Facebook page, with You tube videos or animations capturing the interest of people who may not usually respond to posters or leaflets. Linking with other community Facebook pages can also increase the wider uptake of health messages that you want to publicise.