No Smoking Day – 32 years helping smokers to become proud quitters

For 32 years No Smoking Day, has been a fixture in the calendar of key dates for smokers wanting encouragement and support to quit.

No Smoking Day has been one of the longest running and most successful stop smoking campaigns in the world. On the first national No Smoking Day in 1984, UK adult smoking prevalence was 36%, tobacco adverts still appeared on TV and in magazines, smoking was allowed in cinemas and buses and there was little stop smoking support available. …to read the rest of this article click here »

Fit not fat this Christmas

Over Christmas and New Year there’s lots of alcohol, bad TV and rich food. Don’t get fat – get off that couch and get active.

With some planning and a little bit of self-discipline, it is possible to enjoy a good Christmas and start the New Year feeling fit, not fat. One of the barriers to doing more exercise is lack of time. So Christmas time with a break from your routine offers the ideal opportunity to get active. Taking exercise over Christmas not only reduces your chances of gaining weight, it also helps energise you, reduces stress and gives you a break. …to read the rest of this article click here »

Movember Health Tips for Men

Movember is about bringing back the moustache, having fun and doing good to change the face of men’s health, specifically prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health. Men take action by growing a moustache for the month of ‘Movember’ to raise awareness, and women support the men while promoting men’s health at home, in the workplace and within their community. …to read the rest of this article click here »

World COPD Day 10 November 2014

World COPD Day was set up to raise awareness for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (COPD) and improve care for COPD sufferers around the world.

This year’s World COPD Day theme is ‘It’s Not Too Late’. This positive message was chosen to emphasise the actions people can take to improve their respiratory health, at any stage before or after a COPD diagnosis. …to read the rest of this article click here »

Drinking culture leads to sharp rise in liver disease deaths

An increasing drinking culture in Britain has led to a worrying jump in the number of people dying of liver disease Public Health England (PHE) has warned. The first regional study into the preventable disease has revealed a 40% rise in deaths over the past 12 years, with men twice as likely to be diagnosed as women. …to read the rest of this article click here »

Stoptober – It’s like October, but without cigarettes

Stop smoking for 28 days and you’re 5 times more likely to stop for good! “This time I’m definitely quitting”. If you said these words many times before, you’re not the only one! For one reason or another, it doesn’t always work. If it hasn’t worked for you, why not take on the Stoptober challenge and discover a new way to stop smoking! …to read the rest of this article click here »

World Mental Health Day 10 October 2014

The World Federation for Mental Health has chosen the theme ‘Living with
Schizophrenia’ for World Mental Health Day, which is celebrated on 10 October every year.

The aim of the day is to campaign for equity for people with schizophrenia and to address the stigma and prejudice that people with schizophrenia and other mental illnesses experience. Although schizophrenia is a serious illness affecting 26 million people worldwide (many more if family and carers are included), about 50% will have a good outcome if early and appropriate health and socio-economic opportunities are available. This includes access to health care, housing, education, recreation, employment and social relationships. In other words – their human rights. It is not the illness itself that causes many of the challenges faced by people with schizophrenia and their families; it is the barriers created through our ignorance and prejudice.

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