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Keep well, keep warm

Cold homes have a significant impact on people's health. One of the best ways of keeping yourself well during winter is to stay warm.

Keeping warm over the winter months can help prevent colds, flu or more serious health conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and depression.

The chances of these problems are higher if you're vulnerable to cold-related illnesses because of one or more of the following:

  • you're over 65
  • you're on a low income (so can't afford heating)
  • you have a long-term health condition, such as heart, lung or kidney disease
  • you are disabled

To help people keep well and keep warm this winter, Public Health England has produced a booklet detailing how people can be prepared for the cold winter, with information on the flu vaccination, on eating and dressing well and on heating a home effectively and safely. The booklet also has details on what financial help could be available to help people heat their homes. The booklet is here.

In addition, Age UK has produced a simple leaflet of top tips for keeping warm and well. The leaflet is here.