Kickstart your health

The council is encouraging residents to take steps to living a healthier life this January.


A new year can bring a fresh start and is a good time to incorporate some healthy changes into your lifestyle. However, data suggests that the majority of people don't keep to their new year's resolutions. That's why it's a good idea to set yourself small, achievable goals that you can reach and then build on gradually. 

Setting yourself little steps to achieve throughout the year can be an effective and sustainable way to achieve a healthier lifestyle.

There are lots of ways to become healthier this year:

  • Quit Smoking - Stopping smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health. You'll have more energy, feel healthier and also save money. Make 2024 the year you quit. Help and support with quitting smoking can be found on LiveWire's website

  • Take part in Dry January - Cutting back on drinking will help you have better sleep, save money, and improve your mental health. Visit the Alcohol change website for more information and support 

  • Eat well - Eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health and can help you feel your best. It can help you to maintain a healthy weight, keep your bones and joints strong, ensure you have enough energy and much more. Information and guidance around eating a healthy, balanced diet can be found on the NHS website. If you need help with food, there are a number of foodbanks across Warrington, which you can view on our cost of living support page

  • Exercise - Try and get yourself moving more this year. Physical activity is not only good for you body, but it's also great for you mind. Visit the Better Health Website for ways you can keep active

  • Look after your mental health - We all deserve to enjoy life and feel good about ourselves but sometimes life can be tough. If you think you need help with your mental health, visit Warrington's mental health support directory - Happy? Ok Sad?

Cllr Maureen McLaughlin, cabinet member for public health and wellbeing, said: “January can be a great time to start thinking about ways we can lead healthier lives in the year ahead. Even small changes can have a big impact on our health and wellbeing. 

“If you’d like to take positive steps forward for a happier, healthier future, there’s no better time than right now. There’s lots of advice and guidance on offer to ensure you are supported at every step of the way.”

For more information on how you can make healthier lifestyle choices, visit our healthier lifestyles page

9 January 2024