Oldham Council encourages residents to look after your ‘elf’ this Christmas

Oldham Council is launching a new campaign encouraging residents to look after themselves by staying healthy and safe over Christmas.

The festive season is well known for being a time of increased sexual activity and with this is a risk of getting the unwanted gift of a sexually transmitted infection (STI).

As the end of calendar year approaches, many people also like to reflect on the past 12 months by indulging in unhealthy amounts of alcohol with their friends and family.

What makes matters worse is people often forget the very basics of looking after themselves.

This includes things like having a decent meal, containing carbohydrates and protein, before drinking and dressing appropriately for winter whilst having a drink as this can prevent serious health conditions.

You lose more heat than normal from your body when you drink and this can put you at risk of hypothermia.

Other things include pre-booking a taxi home after a night out, having a soft drink in between alcoholic drinks, and remembering to carry contraception.

Residents’ health and safety are vital so the local authority is launching a social media campaign throughout December reminding residents what they can do to plan ahead.

Councillor Eddie Moores, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “We want all our residents to have a great time enjoying this year’s festivities – but we also want them to look after their own wellbeing.

“By reminding people about the health impacts of drinking irresponsibility and having unprotected sexual activity, as well some very basic tips, we hope this will go some way to protecting them this Christmas.”

For more information about our Healthy Elf campaign visit: www.oldham.gov.uk/christmassafety

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