By Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind
Winter and cold weather often brings the dread of ill health. With days being shorter and the dark hours lasting longer than light, it is easy to let normal routine and health slip.
But there area few very simple things you can do to assist yourself in staying safe through the colder months this year.
The NHS have started a new campaign to 'Stay Well This Winter' encouraging people, especially those over 65 years old or suffering from long term health conditions to follow a few simple guidelines in order to maintain their physical and mental strength and wellbeing.
Keep Warm - to prevent all kinds of health conditions and illnesses.
Eat Well - to maintain energy levels and strength
Flu Jab - a free of charge vaccination encouraged in young children and older people
Keep informed about common viruses in order to get a head-start on preventing their symptoms.