COLUMN: Raising a glass (of water) to Dry January

Andrew Morgan
Andrew Morgan

New Year, new me, an attitude I’m sure many of you have been using over the last few weeks so this month I thought I’d try and add to your motivation by shining a spotlight on ways in which our Trust can help you have a healthy and happy 2016.

Here at Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust we are participating in the “OK to Ask” Make Every Contact Count (MECC) campaign; to help us improve the health and wellbeing of our patients, staff and the wider public. MECC is all about taking an interest in our patients’ lifestyles and using the contacts we have to signpost you in the right direction to help you make healthy lifestyle choices.

As we all aim to stick to our New Year Resolutions, MECC means you are encouraged to speak to your nurse or doctor and get advice on healthy living aspects such as improving fitness and keeping active to help maintain a more balanced diet and improving lifestyles to help lower the risk of you falling ill.

Here at LCHS and in partnership with health providers across Lincolnshire we are participating in the Dry January campaign by encouraging all staff and patients to banish the booze for a month. Dry January participants often report sleeping better, having more energy, clearer skin a smaller waistline and bigger bank balance. That’s not a bad return just for cutting out the booze for 31 days! We kick-started the campaign for staff with a mocktail party to showcase fun alternatives to alcohol.

I’ll be shining the spotlight on more of our services and campaigns we are supporting as the year progresses but for now I hope you have a happy and healthy 2016 and that you stick to those resolutions!

Andrew Morgan is the chief executive of Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust.