If someone you know is trying to lose weight or cut down their drinking, you shouldn’t tempt them by offering cake or a trip to the pub according to a senior official at NICE.
The latest guidance to come from NICE aims to improve the nation’s health by encouraging them to exercise more, improve their diets, quit smoking and drink less alcohol. The health watchdog advise health and social care workers to take advantage of ‘life-changing’ events in people’s lives (i.e. having a baby or recovering from illness) to help them change to a more healthy lifestyle.
Director of the centre of public health at NICE, Professor Mike Kelly, has urged the public to offer encouragement and support to those trying to improve their habits.
“You should share your goals with friends, family and work colleagues so they understand what you’re trying to do. They also must understand it’s not helpful or a joke to tempt people deliberately. Some do – it’s a bit of fun. They go on a diet, and someone says, ‘Oh come on this cream cake won’t do any harm’.
“It’s asking people to be a bit more thoughtful, a bit more understanding of the difficulties.”
The new guidelines from NICE have been drawn up to help local authorities and the NHS make the most of their resources to help promote healthier habits in their area.
If you have made some healthy New Year’s resolutions, be sure to tell your friends and family and ask them to be understanding. Explain that you want to avoid temptation and ask for their support. If you ask people sincerely, chances are they’ll be more than helpful – they may even want to join you!
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