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Lifestyle factors such as smoking, physical activity, eating habits and alcohol consumption have a significant effect on our risk of ill health both now and later in life, including heart disease, diabetes, cancer and dementia.
In this section you will find an array of information, advice and services to support you and your family to make small changes to improve your health.
- Alcohol, Smoking and Drug misuse
- Healthy Eating
- Physical Activity
- Easter & Summer Activities
- Outdoor Activities
Drinking more than recommended can lead to health risks including liver problems, reduced fertility, high blood pressure, increased risk of cancer and heart attack. For more information about this and the recommended guidelines please see the links below which will give you access to advice and tools such as the unit calculator.
For local support and treatment please contact Addaction (Tel. No. 01205319920).
Double Impact is available locally to support people following their recovery from drug or alcohol problems, helping them to gain new skills and qualifications, access peer support and feel part of their local community. Support is also available for family or associates of people affected by drugs or alcohol and also for none English people.
For more information and to find out about support groups please call 01205205028 or alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Alcohol Partnership
The Boston Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) bring together local retailers and licensees, trading standards, police, health services, schools and other agencies to tackle the problem of underage drinking and associated anti-social behaviour.
- Double Impact
- Alcohol Concern
- Drink aware
- NHS – Alcohol
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- Drink free days app
If you need help to talk about drugs with your child or have a drug problem, there is a lot of support and help available. A good place to start is your local substance misuse treatment provider Addaction on 01205205028 or visit your family doctor. Alternatively, you can ring the FRANK helpline on 0300 1236600 for more information about drugs and the different options available. The confidential helpline is open every day, 24 hours a day. Calls are free from land lines and some mobiles.
Addaction Treatment services include:
- Alcohol treatment
- Substance misuse treatment for all drugs including New Psychoactive Substances
- Adult treatment services
- Young People specific treatment services
- Brief advice
- Structured treatment
- Psychosocial treatment
- Pharmacological treatment including opiate substitution and alcohol detoxification
- Needle Syringe Programme
Quit 51 is a service for any smoker who wants to quit, wants to reduce the amount they smoke and wants to stop smoking in places like the home or car. If you wish to find out more call free on 0800 622 6968 or alternatively text ‘smoke free’ to 66777.
A healthy balanced diet contains a variety of types of food, including lots of fruit, vegetables and starchy foods such as wholemeal bread and wholegrain cereals; some protein-rich foods such as meat, fish, eggs and lentils; and some dairy foods. The two keys to a healthy diet are balancing the energy you consume with the energy you use and eating a wide range of foods to ensure that you’re getting a balanced diet and that your body is receiving all the nutrients it needs. Further information please refer to the links below.
- Eatwell plate
- Healthy Eating
- Diabetes UK
- British Heart Foundation – Healthy Eating
Walking for Health
The Boston Health Walks initiative includes led-walks across the borough. Walks are available from Monday to Friday at various locations across the Borough.
A donation towards venue hire and refreshments of £1.50 is requested which can include up to 12 walks a week if required. Walks vary from one to three miles in length, are wheelchair and pushchair friendly, take place in all weathers and there is no need for special equipment. Everyone is welcome, whatever their level of fitness.
See the flyer below for more details on days and times.
Alternatively you may wish to go for a walk independently. For information about local walking routes please see link below.
Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex
A wide range of facilities and activities are available at the Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex, catering for all ages and abilities. This includes:-
- Leisure Pool and Gym
- Spa and Sauna facilities
- Fitness Studio
- Comprehensive class timetable
- Kids Gym
- Healthy Lifestyle Referral Scheme
- 50+ programme
For further information please telephone 01205363483
Vitality is a programme of movement and exercise to music classes for the over-60s or those younger who have medical conditions which prevent them from exercising in any other way.
Vitality aims to bring about improvements in mobility, stamina, balance, posture and coordination. The classes are taken by qualified, experienced instructors and are held in villages and towns around the County, including Kirton and Old Leake.
For more information about your nearest class contact the Vitality team on 07876 050105 or email email@example.com
Boston Parkrun is held at Witham Way Country Park, Tattershall Road, Boston every Saturday morning at 9.00am. This is a FREE, weekly 5km timed run that is open to all ages and abilities.
If you would like to find out more about participating or volunteering at future events, please refer to the link below.
Couch to 5k
The NHS Couch to 5K is a free nine-week running plan for people who want to be more active. It’s perfect if you’re new to running – the plan is all about starting slowly and building up gradually. For more information please refer to the link below.
Positive Futures Lincolnshire is a sports and activity-based inclusion project. The programme involves sport and physical activity sessions and is open to young people aged 8 to 24, giving structure and support.
Every year Boston Borough Council produces a major guide to what’s on over the Easter and Summer holidays, publishing full details of what’s available for children, adults and families – but mainly children.
There are events to keep them occupied for an hour or so, a whole morning or afternoon and even some which run over several days;
The brochure will be sent home with children from every primary school in the borough and it will be available on our website once the brochure has been produced.
Family fitness trails are located at Witham Way Country Park, next to the River Witham, and Jenny’s Wood, off West End Road. A variety of equipment is available for use including stride jumps, bench sit ups, chin ups and log stacks. A great addition to a family trip out and absolutely FREE. Both sites are also cyclist-friendly, incorporating surfaced paths to explore the countryside.
There are currently outdoor gym facilities at three sites in the Boston area; Central Park, Woodville Road and Wellington Road. Central Park has twelve outdoor gym stations available including Air Walker, Cycle, Rower, Pull-up Bars, Sit Up Bench, Air Skier and Leg Press. Woodville Road play space has five outdoor gym stations including Cycle, Air Walker, Sit Up Bench and Pull Up Bars. Wellington Road play area also has a variety of outdoor gym stations available.
Established 10 years ago, Boston Woods Trust now has 100 acres of woodland, parkland and meadow open for public access with good quality all-weather paths for walking and cycling.
For membership details and further information about Boston Woods Trust call Adrian Isaac on 01205 365949.
Country Parks and Local Nature Reserve
Boston Borough Council manage two country parks – Witham Way and Havenside, both of these are also Local Nature Reserves.
Havenside Country Park and Local Nature Reserve is a great place to experience Lincolnshire’s wildlife. Located within the park is the Pilgrim Fathers’ Memorial, marking the place formerly known as Scotia Creek. Access to the site, which includes a car park and picnic area, is via the sea bank path from the main entrance near METSA, off Fishtoft Road. Alternatively it can be accessed by car via Fishtoft village: follow the brown tourist signs to the Pilgrim Fathers’ Memorial.
For more information about the Park please contact us on 01205 314583 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Witham Way Country Park is a haven for local wildlife with a mosaic of woodland, grassland and scrub. A wildflower meadow attracts bees and other pollen gatherers, and habitats created on site including a bug park are attracting butterflies and other invertebrates. Bird boxes are providing the perfect nesting sites for owls taking advantage of the natural food on offer along the river bank. Trim trails, chin-up bars, balance beams, monkey bars and more are also available. For on-site locations please see the map at the bottom of this page.
The Wash, shared between Lincolnshire and Norfolk, is one of the UK’s most important estuaries providing a winter feeding ground for over 300,000 visiting water birds.
Measuring approximately 20 km wide and 30 km long, The Wash opens into the North Sea with the rivers Steeping, Witham, Welland, Nene and Great Ouse flowing into it.