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Health and wellbeing

Having a healthy lifestyle can help you prevent strokes, heart attacks and disease.

You'll need a little dedication and discipline ... but you can get lots of help locally.

Find out how on the A Better Medway website.


Being physically active is easier than you think, especially if you make activity part of your daily routine.

Look for dance, cycling, swimming and walking groups in Medway.

Eating a healthy diet is not just for those wanting to lose weight.

Find cooking courses and recipes. Or get breastfeeding advice from local volunteers.

Stress is unhealthy not only for the mind but also the body.

If you suffer from anxiety or depression, we can help you improve your wellbeing.

Over time we hope that everyone in Medway will be free from tobacco and the effects of tobacco.

Find out how to quit smoking with free one-to-one courses around Medway.

Sexual health

Find information on sexual health, relationships, STIs and contraception.


Use our alcohol calculator and find out tips on how to cut down the amount you drink.

Help and advice for when you feel low, anxious or stressed

Are you suffering from extreme emotional distress or feeling low and anxious and have no one else to turn to for help? Phone Mental Health Matters on 0800 107 01 60 for a confidential chat 24/7. Samaritans also provide a confidential listening service on 01634 73 09 81 or 08457 90 90 90.

For employers who want healthier and happier staff

Employers in Medway can make a positive difference to the health and happiness of their employees. If you want to reduce the risk of staff falling ill and taking sick leave, while also helping to improve their productivity and morale, a new project has been set up to help you. For further information, and to book a free consultation about the health of your workplace, visit Medway Healthy Workplaces or phone 01634 334307.

Free NHS Health Check for people aged between 40 and 74

A free NHS Health Check is now available to people in Medway aged between 40 and 74 without existing cardiovascular disease, which includes heart attack, later stages of chronic kidney disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, atrial fibrillation, transient ischaemic attack, stroke, heart failure. The health check is offered every five years and has saved thousands of lives. Your GP should contact you with details.

Further information

Annual health reports:

The director of public health reports on public health issues affecting Medway in the annual report: