Join the 28 day challenge this October

Date: 15/09/2014
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We are encouraging residents to make one small change to their lifestyle for the month of October in a bid to improve their health. The '28 day challenge' will see promotion of the national Stoptober campaign in addition to other health challenges that are suitable for non-smokers.

Health Improvement and Stop Smoking specialists will be touring the district over the coming weeks encouraging people to take part. Anyone wishing to take part in either challenge will receive daily messages of motivation, tips and content.

Dr Andrew Furber, Director of Public Health said: "Last year, nearly 1400 people in the district signed up to Stoptober, this year we'd like even more people to take part. Stopping smoking is the single biggest thing a smoker can do to improve their health. Evidence shows that if a smoker can go 28 days without a cigarette they are five times more likely to stay permanently smokefree."

Cllr Pat Garbutt, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health said: "We're supporting the national Stoptober campaign which encourages smokers to quit for 28 days, but this year we're also asking non-smokers to set a health challenge for the month of October. This could something as simple as a healthy food swap or giving up alcohol for the month.

The launch of Stoptober coincides with the launch of Yorkshire Smokefree, a new look stop smoking programme which is run by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. It offers quitters the chance to choose support in person, on the phone, or online using its innovative online support programme which is available 24/7. To find out more about Yorkshire Smokefree, visit www.yorkshiresmokefree.nhs.uk or call 0800 6120011 (free from landlines) or 0330 6601166 (free from mobiles).

To sign up to Stoptober search 'Stoptober' online.
To take part in the 28 day food challenge simply 'LIKE' the Wakefield Wellbeing page on Facebook.