People with a learning disability have worse health than other people, and die sooner than they should. But you can get healthy and live longer by changing some things in your life.
Watch our video to see what Steve did to improve his health.
To be healthy you need to…
It is better for your health to eat vegetables and fruit, and not very good to eat sugary snacks.
Eating well can help you feel better and not get diseases like diabetes.
This could mean going for a walk, swimming, or playing sport.
It is important to be active to stay healthy.
Go for your annual health check
Make sure that your doctor knows you have a learning disability, and ask them to give you a health check once a year.
This means you will find out if you have something wrong with your body – and you will be able to get treatment.
Don't forget about your eyes
People with learning disabilities are more likely to have sight problems than the rest of the population. SeeAbility have loads of good resources about looking after your eyes.
Training for GPs
We will be giving training to GP surgeries all over Oxfordshire, to help them to deliver good annual health checks. Contact Jess if you’d like to find out more – you can phone her on 01865 204214 or email [email protected]
Employment and Wellbeing
OxForward is an Oxford based wellbeing and employment support service that can help you to join sports teams, improve your wellbeing, become a volunteer and find a paid job.
The programme may also help to improve your confidence, make new friends and become happier. If you would like to join you can call 01865 773 578 or email [email protected]
If you don’t live in Oxfordshire, your local Job Centre Plus should be able to direct you to a similar service.
Easy Health has lots of easy read information about being healthy.
Mencap’s Don’t Miss Out Campaign tells you more about annual health checks and getting on the Learning Disability Register.
There is some more technical information on the NHS England Learning Disability Resource Hub.