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Take care of your family: Cut-price swim session

Queues for the doctor grow ever longer, hospitals are under pressure and the NHS is creaking... so it's ever more important that we take care of ourselves to avoid joining the back of one of these queues in the first place.

This week (November 13 to 19) is Self Care Week, with the emphasis on keeping fit and healthy, when you can look after yourself, when a pharmacist might assist and when you might need to turn to a doctor.

Staying active is key to many aspects of better health - lifting your mood, as well as keeping you fit. It's well known that swimming uses all major muscle groups and is good for your heart and lungs.

And if you use the coupon here the whole family (two adults and two children) can enjoy a swimming session at Boston's Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex for an all-in price of just £8, saving you £3.

During school term times family swim sessions are available on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays from 7.30am to noon, 1pm to 4pm and 5.30pm to 7pm; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7.30am to 4pm and 5.30pm to 7pm; Saturdays 10am to 4pm and Sundays 8am to 4pm.

You can also enjoy fun splash sessions, with two lanes filled with floats to splash around on, on Fridays from 6pm to 7pm and on Saturday and Sundays from 10.30am to 11.30am and 2pm to 3pm.

One of Boston's largest employers, Freshtime UK Ltd, is getting on board with Self-Care Week in order to support its 500 employees to improve their health.

Macmillan Cancer Support is visiting the company to provide free information and support. They will be talking to staff about about the early signs and symptoms of cancer and providing information on how to live well with the disease.

Head of HR at Freshtime UK Ltd, Jo Campling, said: "We are delighted to be welcoming Macmillan to the business. Cancer affects almost everyone in some way, so the more that we can do to help people reduce risks and live well the better.

"We are keen to get involved with Self-Care week as we are in the middle of putting together a health and wellbeing strategy. We're working with Active Lincolnshire and the health team at Lincolnshire County Council and have recently started training our first wellbeing champions. This is just the start and I am looking forward to implementing other initiatives to improve the health of our workforce."

There is a lot of information about dealing with minor illnesses in the NHS A to Z section http://bit.ly/2zkVO7P

At this site http://bit.ly/18ZUEdU you can find factsheets to print off to help with a range of common ailments from back pain to heartburn, from constipation to acne and from sore throats to sprains and strains. They detail how to deal with these ailments yourself and when to seek medical help.

Wendy Martin, executive lead nurse, midwife and quality at NHS Lincolnshire West Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "Self care is all about knowing how to live healthier lives by changing habits and lifestyle choices.

"It is also about knowing what minor ailments such as hay fever or cuts and grazes you can treat yourself with a well-stocked medicine cabinet or first-aid kit and how pharmacists can help with over-the-counter medicines.

"As winter approaches, by being clear on good self-care practices and alternative places to get health advice and minor treatment, people can make sure they stay healthy over the colder months."

Many people know they need to start improving their health, but don't know what they should focus on.

The One You quiz as part of Public Heath England's One You campaign is a great place to start.

Answer some questions about your lifestyle and the results will give you an idea of changes you could make. If you put your postcode in, you will also be shown where to get further help and support. Visit www.nhs.uk/oneyou to find out more and take the quiz.

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