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We can't go back and change the beginning… but we can start where we are and change the ending.

More than 4 in 10 cases* of cancer could be prevented through lifestyle changes such as not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, moving more and drinking less alcohol. Let's be clear on cancer, we can all take action to reduce our risk. Your health matters. Better health matters.

Kickstart your health

There's never been a better time to kickstart your health. Our modern world doesn't help us out, and unhealthy habits creep up and catch us out. To reduce our risk of cancer, we’ve got to switch out those unhealthy habits with healthy ones. Daily, we must make small changes and choices to reduce our risk.

  • Stopping smoking is the most important thing you can do for your health. If you’d like to quit, but don’t know where to start, talk to us.
  • Nearly two-thirds of Brits are overweight or living with obesity. This extra weight causes pressure to build up around vital organs, making it harder for the body to fight against diseases like cancer.
  • Regular exercise reduces your risk of many long-term conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and some cancers. No marathon running required – start small; start with gentle, daily 10-minute walks.
  • Cut your consumption. No level of alcohol consumption is safe. Cutting back on alcohol will be good for your health and reduce your risk of cancer.

When it's diagnosed early, treatment is more likely to be successful. If you have noticed any signs and symptoms of cancer, don't hesitate to speak to your GP.

Wake-up shake-up

Paul woke in a hospital bed having suffered a heart episode while celebrating a friend’s 50th birthday. “Obese and alcohol abuse were the words on my hospital release note that struck me between the eyes.” Paul took control of his lifestyle and now feels happier and healthier than ever.

Paul's story

Saving money, saving time, saving my life

Hannah was walking at Hengistbury Head one day when she took a breath and "sounded like a wheezy old accordion! I’d reached a point when I thought – 'why am I doing this to myself?'" She quit smoking and cut her risk. "There's nothing in me that would make me want to go back to smoking."

Hannah's story

Intentional health

We've all got patterns and cravings that trip us up – there are too many to count! It’s easy to find ourselves stuck in a rut with no plan to get out. Let’s get intentional about our health.

Choose your next step:

Quit for good

Stay smoke-free with daily motivation and support from the NHS Quit Smoking app.

Start stopping

Active 10

Every little counts! Just a 10-minute brisk walk will improve your health.

Learn more

NHS weight loss plan

Download the free NHS weight loss plan to help you start losing weight.

Try it

Couch to 5k

Nearly a million people have tried this. Are you ready to give it a go?

Try c25k

Easy Meals App

The One You Easy Meals app allows you to discover healthier versions of foods you love.


Better Health

Learn more about the national campaign and access discounts to groups.


What's your healthy living goal? To lose weight, drink less, move more or quit smoking? Bit by bit, little by little, you can achieve your goal. Make today the day you start your journey to better health.

Let's do this!

Ready to take control of your unhealthy habits? We’re here to help. By completing our lifestyle assessment, you'll see how you fare against national guidelines. Our Advisors and Coaches are here to help you take each next step to LiveWell.



This campaign is a collaboration of LiveWell Dorset, Public Health Dorset, Active Dorset and Dorset Cancer Partnership. For more information about cutting your risk of cancer, please visit Cancer Matters Wessex





How does this work?

The tailored approach LiveWell Dorset uses to come up with solutions to the things that are stopping us achieving our goals, is based upon work done by University College London developing the COM-B model of behaviour change. In this model, all behaviour is influenced by understanding a person’s capability to change, their opportunity to change and their motivation to change. By understanding which of these is the biggest barrier to change, we can tailor support accordingly. This model of behaviour change is at the centre of the support we offer, online and in person.

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