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Stay healthy this winter

There are many ways you can help yourself stay healthy this winter

Get your flu jab

Who is eligible

  • 65 years old or older
  • Children aged 2- 10/11
  • Pregnant women
  • People with underlying health condition
  • Health workers will be offered by their employer

Where can people get their flu jab?

  • GP Surgery
  • A pharmacy offering the service
  • Children can get the vaccine at school
  • Some midwifery services
  • Health worker – from their employer

NHS Flu vaccine

Stay Active

Many people feel more tired in the winter months, but it’s important to keep moving rather than sitting down all day.

There a lots of ways to keep active in Islington, both physically and mentally, and at the same time keep up with friends or meet new people.

Activities in Islington

Eat healthily

It’s easy to fill up on comfort food when it’s cold, dark and wet outside. However, it’s important to eat well by eating five portions of fruit and veg a day – fresh, frozen and tinned all count!

NHS Eat well

North London Cares Winter Wellbeing Project

North London Cares supports Islington residents aged 65 and can speak to them about staying warm, active, healthy and connected this winter.

This year North London Cares can provide Islington residents with either a phone call or home visits to connect residents to organisations in the borough, refer them to services to help keep their home warm and safe, help them to access health services and advise on where to get their flu jab amongst other things.

If you, or someone you know are aged 65 and over need help with keeping warm this winter please contact North London Cares by calling 0207 118 3838 (option 3) or email emily.groves@northlondoncares.org.uk.

North London cares

Stay warm this winter

Make sure you are getting enough vitamin D

Public Health England (PHE) has re-issued its recommendation for vitamin D supplements, advising that we should all consider taking a 10 microgram vitamin D supplement. PHE’s advice on vitamin D is not about preventing coronavirus but for maintaining muscle and bone health. For much of the year vitamin D is made by the body when skin reacts to sunlight. But between October and early March, the sun’s rays are not strong enough for our bodies to make vitamin D at all.

Some people have a higher risk of vitamin D deficiency due to less sun exposure, these include those:

  • who spend little time outdoors, such as the frail or housebound

  • who live in an institution, such as a care home

  • who generally wear clothes that cover up most of their skin when outdoors

  • with darker skin, such as people of African, African-Caribbean or South Asian origin, as they may not get enough vitamin D from sunlight.

You can also get vitamin D from the food you eat, although it is difficult to get the recommended amount of vitamin D through diet alone. More information about food sources of vitamin D.

All children under 5 years of age and all pregnant women in Camden are eligible for the free universal Healthy Start Vitamin Program. This is a multivitamin which also contains vitamin D.

More information on Healthy Start
More information on vitamin D

 

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