Keep yourself fit and healthy as icy weather approaches

HEALTH experts here in Eastbourne are warning locals to wrap up warm to stay in tip-top condition during the coming winter months.

With icy mornings and cold weather looming large on the horizon, NHS officials here in East Sussex are keen to remind residents to take every precaution possible to avoid getting ill.

The elderly and young are at particular risk of cold-related infections and according to Dr Yvonne Doyle, the winter weather claims lives every year.

It can make heart and respiratory problems worse and threatens those who are unable to afford to heat their homes adequately.

Dr Doyle told the Gazette, “With colder weather now with us it’s important for people to take care of themselves. Winter illnesses such as cold, flu and winter vomiting bugs are very common at this time of year. If you can, call in on neighbours who live alone or need help to offer support – even a trip to the shops can be a lifeline for some people in these cold and slippery conditions.”

And among the advice on offer locally is to have at least one hot meal a day, wear several layers of warm clothes, keep homes between 18 and 21 degrees and keep as active as possible.