family walking in the forest of dean - the health and wellness grid

Welcome to the Health and Wellness Grid

This health and wellness website covers a range of different products and services available in the Forest of Dean including information on healthy eating, staying fit, maintaining a healthy weight and taking care of your mental and physical health.

We have a growing population, an ageing population and unfortunately (according to the NHS), a sicker population.

According to the Five Year Forward View, one in five adults are still smoking, a third of us are drinking too much alcohol and just under two thirds of us are either overweight or obese. Throw into the mix one fifth of the population saying they are always or often lonely, and we’re potentially becoming an unhealthy and unhappy nation.

But it doesn’t have to be that way!

The good news is, we want to do more.

In 2015, an article in the New Statesman shared that three quarters of Brits gathered information about health and wellness in the past year,  primarily from health-related websites.

And you only have to think of your New Year’s Resolutions to see how good our intentions are. YouGov report that the two most popular New Year’s resolutions for 2018 were to eat better and exercise more.

But we don’t always know how to start, where to start or where to find the support we need.

That’s where the Health and Wellness Grid comes in.

The Forest of Dean is a unique place and draws in a fascinating wealth of experts with health and wellness at their core. The Health and Wellness Grid combines a directory of local practitioners both in conventional and complimentary medicine, with products to support your health and the latest wellbeing information so you can take back control of your health. We also throw a little woo-woo into the mix because you never know what's around the corner or will provide the missing piece to the puzzle of your health.

Keep an open mind - (not so open so your brains fall out) - and, as with all things in life, take what resonates with you and leave the rest!

Our goal is to build bridges between conventional and complementary medicine by providing the latest information to help you achieve the health and wellness you desire and deserve.

Dr David Crichton, a GP in Doncaster, suggested that giving people confidence and information to look after themselves when they can, “gives them greater control of their own health and encourages healthy lifestyles that help prevent them getting ill in the long-term."

Every November, the NHS hold their annual awareness campaign called 'Self Care Week' which encourages us to incorporate more positive health behaviours in our life to help us live as healthily as possible.

Throughout the year you'll find all sorts of awareness campaigns promoting different complementary therapies such as acupuncture or reflexology.

What's clear then is that there are plenty of choices and approaches to help you achieve a more healthy and fulfilling life.

Are you ready to feel energised, fit and full of vitality? I know that you are!