What can you do to have a healthier lifestyle? Work on one thing at a time:

PACK Home - Food portions

Eat healthily

  • Eat a variety of foods.
  • If you eat a lot, reduce portion sizes.
  • Increase fruit, vegetables, nuts and legumes.
  • Choose brown bread or rice or potatoes instead of white bread or white rice.
  • Eat less salt. Avoid processed foods like gravy, stock cubes or packet soup.
  • Reduce or cut out sugar.
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Get active.

  • Aim for at least 30 minutes of brisk exercise 5 days a week.
  • Try some home exercises in your home or yard.
  • Do the sweeping, garden or dance to your favourite music.
  • Do an exercise programme on TV or online.
  • Walk instead of using transport, and take the stairs instead of the lift.
PACK Home - no smoking

Don’t smoke or use drugs. If you need help to quit, ask your healthcare worker.

PACK Home - no alcohol

Stop or limit alcohol

  • If you drink alcohol, limit intake to less than 2 drinks a day and don’t drink on at least 2 days of the week.
  • If you need help to quit, ask your healthcare worker.
PACK Home - use condoms

Have safe sex

  • Have only 1 partner at a time.
  • If you don’t know your HIV status, have an HIV test.
  • If needed, use condoms and reliable family planning.

Take action to have a healthy lifestyle! Even a little will help to improve your mental health and control your chronic condition/s.