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Healthy LifeA healthy lifestyle is important for everyone. The researchers looked at data from a representative sample of 4,745 people who participated in the 2003-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. In this survey, physical activity was measured with an accelerometer that participants wore for a week, and diet was scored based on a 24-hour food diary.

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LiveLighter LiveLighter is a campaign that encourages adults to lead healthier lifestyles, to make changes to what they eat and drink, and to be more active. LiveLighter includes a range of free tools and resources to support healthy lifestyle change, including recipes and a meal and activity planner.

Some medications used to treat mental illness can have side-effects such as weight-gain and making people feel drowsy, restless or hungry. This can be a challenge to building up a healthy lifestyle but there are common-sense ways of dealing with it. Buying junk food, smoking and drinking alcohol is expensive. Eating good, wholesome foods (starting with tasty vegetables and fruit) and cutting down on alcohol and smoking can make a real difference in spending, which means more money for the things you really enjoy (see ‘Rewarding Yourself’).

Make time in your life for things that are fun. Make a list of activities you like and sure you have at least a little time each day for doing something you enjoy. Consider couples therapy, where feelings and fears can be expressed in a safe manner. Your partner can offer another perspective to your therapist and help you make use of your therapist’s suggestions in your day-to-day life.