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On Friday 1st July 2022 clinical commissioning groups (CCG's) across the country were closed and were replaced by new NHS organisations known as Integrated Care Boards.

Therefore, NHS East Lancashire CCG no longer exists and has been replaced (along with the othe seven CCGs in Lancashire and South Cumbria) by the new NHS Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care Board (ICB)

Please visit the new ICB website

Making small changes to improve your health and wellbeing is the perfect way to begin the New Decade!

Starting this new decade with New Year resolutions that support a healthier lifestyle can go a long way to improving your personal health. This could be quitting smoking, reducing your level of alcohol intake, changing your diet, or doing more exercise.

Making small changes can reduce your risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer.

Dr David White, Clinical Lead for Urgent Care at NHS East Lancashire and NHS Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Groups, said: “Whatever your age, there's strong scientific evidence that being physically active can help you lead a healthier and happier life.

“People are less active these days and this is partly because technology has made our lives easier. We drive cars or take public transport. Machines wash our clothes.

“Regular exercise doesn’t have to mean joining a gym, there are plenty of free ways to exercise, such as going for a brisk walk or jog. Doing regular exercise and eating a healthy balanced diet could dramatically improve your health.

“Giving up smoking is another resolution you can make to improve your health and there are a range of NHS support services on your doorstep to help you achieve this.”

Christmas and New Year are now behind us, which is a perfect time to join the Dry January challenge and stay alcohol free for the rest of the month. Not only will you feel better by ditching the hangover, saving the pennies and reducing the waistline there is an opportunity to support others through being sponsored. More information is available at: http://www.dryjanuary.org.uk/

“We know change doesn’t happen overnight and it can take a while to kick the bad habits. However, if you start to swap healthy habits for unhealthy ones, you will soon start to see the benefits such as more stamina, better sleep and possible weight loss.

“Making small changes this New Year and new decade will lead to better health and wellbeing in 2020.”

Local stop smoking services can be contacted on:

• East Lancashire Stop Smoking Service Quit Squad can be contacted on 01254 283370 / 0800 328 6297
• Blackburn with Darwen Tel: 01254 682037 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
• Smokefree National Helpline: 0300 123 1044