January 2019: New Year, New You

Kingston Council are supporting Public Health England’s One You campaign. Adults of all ages are being encouraged to complete an online quiz called How Are You? This asks about their eating, exercise, drinking and smoking habits and uses the answers to provide recommendations on how to lead a healthier lifestyle.

As part of the campaign here are some of our top tips for healthy changes which can be incorporated into daily life:

  • Drink less

    • join the four million going dry in January. Go online or download the app to get tips and support

    • aim to have several alcohol free days each week, download the Drink Free Days app to choose your drink free days and get practical help and support

    • go to Kingston’s e-drink-check to work out how much you are drinking and whether this is affecting your health

    • if your alcohol use is affecting your job, your relationship or your health it’s probably time to seek some help. Contact Kingston Wellbeing Service for help and support.

  • Get active

    • use the free outdoor gyms in Kingston’s parks

    • sign up with Goodgym to improve your health, meet new people and do good deeds in your community

    • walk on short journeys instead of driving, or get off the bus one stop early

    • use the stairs instead of the lift.

  • Swap sugary drinks and keep a bottle of water in your bag or on your desk and sip it during the day

  • There are lots of tasty ways to get your 5 A Day, click here for some ideas.

  • Did you know you're four times more likely to quit with NHS help? Visit the smokefree website or contact your local Stop Smoking Service and stop smoking for good.  

  • If you are over the age of 40, get an NHS Health Check.

  • People over the age of 30 can see how their heart age compares to their real age by taking the online NHS Heart Age Test.

  • Read a book  to help you understand and manage your health and wellbeing. The Reading Well scheme is available in four libraries in Kingston and has a reading list of books that give step-by-step self-help techniques to help you manage common conditions including anxiety, stress, sleep problems, phobias and depression. Or check out the list of mood-boosting books, a collection of uplifting titles, including novels, poetry and non-fiction


There is support available to help residents of Kingston stay happy, healthy and connected to each other. Connected Kingston is a site dedicated to helping Kingston residents find local activities and navigate local services.

It is run by the Royal Borough of Kingston Council and Kingston Voluntary Action in conjunction with local charities and statutory organisations. Our goal is maintaining and building Kingston’s community so we can all live our best lives.