​​​How to stay healthy 

How to keep fit and healthy 

​Keeping active, eating well and good weight management are the key to a healthy lifestyle. 
There is lots of helpful information on the Croydon Council website​ - including details of cooking and gardening classes on the Food Flagship page, or take a look at the free weight management services for adults and children and all the physical activity opportunities you can take part in.  ​Public Health England have published some useful infographics to inform your decisions about what exercise to take a every stage of life, and how much.

Attending regular screening

Regular screening is offered at stages in life for various things.  It is a way of finding out if people are at higher risk of a health problem, so that early treatment can be offered or information given to help them make informed decisions.

You can find more about the different types of screening on NHS Choices here.

NHS Breast screening programme

The South West London Breast Screening Service provides breast screening, using breast x-rays (mammograms) for women registered with a GP in the areas covered by Croydon, Kingston, Richmond, Twickenham, Sutton, Merton and Wandsworth. The aim of breast screening is to detect cancer at an early stage when treatment may often be simpler and more effective.

All women aged 47 to 73 , registered with a South West London GP are invited to breast screening once every three years. Women over 73 can self-refer to continue routine screening by calling the Breast Screening Unit for an appointment.

You can find out more about this specific service at the link below:


Bowel Cancer Screening Programme

The current national bowel cancer screening programme is offered to all men and women aged between 60 and 75. It uses a home based stool test to detect the presence of blood in stools – this is known as the faecal occult blood test (FOBt).


For further information about both Bowel Screening Programmes, please ring the bowel screening free phone helpline on 0800 707 60 60.


Cervical Cancer Screening Programme

The aim of the NHS Cervical Screening Programme is to reduce the number of women who develop cervical cancer and reduce the number who die from it.

All women who are registered with a GP are invited for cervical screening:

  • aged 25 to 49 – every 3 years
  • aged 50 to 64 – every 5 years
  • over 65 – only women who have recently had abnormal tests


also check https://www.jostrust.org.uk/about-cervical-cancer/cervical-screening

Leisure centres in Croydon

There is a list of all the leisure centres in Croydon and an A to Z of all sports and physical activities in the borough on the Croydon Council website.

Further information ​

In addition, read about the benefits of keeping active, eating healthily and maintaining a good weight on the following pages on this site:
Visit the Change 4 Life website for more information and support to make simple, healthy changes to your life​.
The Get Healthy London website​ also aims to help get Londoners talking about what they can do to be healthier every day.