For health tips and advice on the move, check out the new ‘A Better Medway’ Twitter page.

The ‘A Better Medway’ Health Improvement Team, provided by Medway Council and NHS Kent and Medway has been “tweeting” about their services, campaigns, events and competitions available to people in Medway, and have now passed 250 followers.

The team is inviting people to follow the latest news and information about health improvement activities in the area, by interacting with them using the popular social networking site Twitter. The free site allows users to send and read micro-messages, known as tweets; which are text-based posts of up to 140 characters.

Followers can read daily updates, including tips on stop smoking, eating healthily, getting more active or dealing with stress, as well as take part in competitions and download free recipes from the Medway Cooks Recipe Collection. All of this is available straight to people’s Twitter account on their computer or smartphone.

A new feature exclusive to ‘A Better Medway’ Twitter followers is a range of mini-podcasts – allowing people to send in their questions about stopping smoking, and have them answered by a specialist stop smoking advisor via a three minute audio file, or “podcast”. Followers can then listen online or subscribe, allowing them to download it to their MP3 player. More podcasts are planned in future covering a variety of health improvement topics and questions.

Medway’s Director of Public Health, Dr Alison Barnett, said: “We are always looking for new ways to communicate with people in Medway about what we have to offer and Twitter is a free and easy way to do this.

“More and more people are using this kind of technology to find news and information about what is going on in their area and we are keen for anyone interested in staying healthy to follow us on Twitter. Our page allows us to share a news alert with the public as soon as it happens.”

Visit http://www.twitter.com/abettermedway. Residents can also sign up via the A Better Medway website at http://www.abettermedway.co.uk. Alternatively you can also ‘Like’ the A Better Medway Facebook page for daily tips and updates.

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