Physical Health

Staying active is important not only for your physical health but for your mental health too.

Any type of activity is good for you – and the more the better!

Diet and self care


Being active is hugely important for our physical and mental wellbeing. Daily exercise is encouraged (whilst keeping an acceptable distance from others) and it can take many forms – including walking, gardening, running and cycling.


You can also exercise within the home and get the whole family involved – take a look at some of the ideas here.


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    #DoingOurBit fitness platform

    A free online fitness hub dedicated to NHS staff – class range from yoga and pilates, to family sessions, to high intensity workouts.

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    NHS One You - Move More

    Tips and advice about things you can do to keep moving including home workout videos.

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    Sport England - Stay In, Work Out

    Campaign to get active in and around your home. Join the movement and use #StayInWorkOut to share how you're getting active during this time.

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    Northumbria Couch to 5K staff support group

    Get moving with the support of a team of fellow couch to 5kers over on Facebook.

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    Move More - Active at home guide

    A handy guide for staying active at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    We Are Undefeatable

    A movement supporting people with a range of long term health conditions, developed by 15 leading health and social care charities.

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    This Girl Can - Ways to Get Active 

    Campaign to get all women active no matter what your shape or size - browse lots of activity ideas including exercising at home.

Children's exercises

Take a look through some of the best and most popular exercise links we've found to keep your kids energetic throughout the crisis. 


It's tempting in times of stress to turn to alcohol as a means of coping, but this can often make things worse. To keep health risks from alcohol to a low level, both men and women are advised not to regularly drink more than 14 units a week.

Try these two websites for useful information and guidance about moderating your alcohol intake and understanding your relationship with alcohol.



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Staff physiotherapy

Self help for MSK problems 


Members of staff can access musculoskeletal advice straight away via MSK Assist. Simply click here to access self-treatment advice, educational videos and exercises for specific body areas.

If you feel unsure over the best way to manage your condition you can also self-refer to the Staff Physiotherapy Service for further assessment and appropriate support.

 Keeping active  is one of the best ways of looking after your physical and musculoskeletal health.  Try the physical health page of this site for ideas.

Managing back pain 

As back pain continues to be one of the most common musculoskeletal problems people experience, the staff physiotherapy team has developed some resources to help you to self-manage your condition. 

Referral to staff physiotherapy

If you require advice or support in helping to manage your musculoskeletal condition, then you can self-refer to the staff physiotherapy service. Appointments will initially be offered by telephone and face to face appointments offered where necessary.


Self-referral (if at work)

  • Staff can self-refer for ANY musculoskeletal problem and this does not need to be work related.

  • Complete the online self-referral form

  • If you do not have access to a computer then you can phone 01670 564010 (ext 36010)


Managers’ referral (if off sick)

  • If off sick, staff should be referred by their manager on Day 1 of their MSK absence to receive assistance as soon as possible.

  • Please see our Physiotherapy Privacy Notice

Diet and healthy weight’

When you’re tired and stressed the tendency is to forget to eat healthily and to turn to snacks or miss meals altogether. However, it is vital that you try your best to eat some meals that will provide you with nutrients to keep you healthy. Here are some tips and resources to help.

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Eating Well Top Tips

Some handy hints on eating well from our Trust teams.


British Dietetics  Association

COVID-19 advice for the general public from the British Dietetics Association.

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Plant-based diet fact sheet

Information of the food types needed to follow a healthy vegan diet.

NHS Weight loss plan

Download the NHS weight loss guide - a free 12-week diet and exercise plan.


Eat better - One You

What you eat, and how much, is so important for your health and your waistline. Try this site for easy ways to eat better every day.


Change for life

A site designed to help families and middle-aged adults make small, sustainable yet significant improvements to their diet, activity levels and alcohol consumption.


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