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Winter conditions can be seriously bad for health, especially for those aged over 65, under 5 years old and people with ongoing health problems such as lung disease, diabetes or heart disease.

Follow the tips below to make sure you stay warm and well this winter:

Heat your home well

Heat your home to a minimum of 18°C (65°F) and make sure you are dressed appropriately for the weather. Setting the temperature slightly higher than this may be beneficial for your health if you are elderly or vulnerable.

Get financial support

There are grants, benefits and advice available to make your home more energy efficient, improve your heating or get help with your bills. Our Sustainability and Greener Living page has lots of useful information and resources. Find out about Stay Well grants of up to £300 for vulnerable families and individuals living in Cambridgeshire.

Eat well and drink plenty of fluids

Food and drinks are vital sources of energy and help keep your body warm. Make sure you and your family have hot meals and drinks regularly throughout the day.

Get the flu jab

Certain people can get a free flu jab to protect against seasonal flu, including the over 65s, pregnant women, people with long-term illness and the main carers of elderly or disabled people.

Look after yourself and others

Keep active is good for your health, but on really cold days try to avoid going outside. If you do need to go out, wrap up warm and take care on slippery surfaces. Look out for older or vulnerable neighbours and relatives throughout the winter to make sure they are safe and well.

If you are 40-74 years old, you are eligible for a free NHS health check, which is designed to spot early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia.

For further information on staying warm and well this winter, including grants, please call 0345 6500 280.

View more tips and advice on keeping your home and yourself warm.