No fines handed out for parents smoking in cars with children

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Despite legislation being introduced in 2015 no one has yet been handed a fine.

Since October 2015 it is a finable offence to smoke whilst driving in a car with a passenger under the age of 18. But only three police forces have reported incidents of this taking place, and on each occasion no fines have been given. …to read the rest of this article click here »

Sugar intake must be less than 7 teaspoons a day.

A new report states that the sugar intake for adults and children older than 11 must be lower than 7 teaspoons (or 30g) a day. That’s less than the 39g of sugar found in a can of Coca-Cola. Experts state that added sugar – or free sugar – should not be more than 5% of our daily calorie intake, but most people currently consume over double that. …to read the rest of this article click here »

New icons for healthy living

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A new article on the BBC website from Shirley Cramer (chief executive of the Royal Society for Public Health) is promoting the use of a simple icon on food packaging to help promote healthier living. She says that a simple icon to show how much running or walking is needed to burn of the calories in the food would help people understand what affect the food is having on them. …to read the rest of this article click here »

National Walking Month – May 2016

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This May why not pledge to fit just 20 minutes of walking into your day?

Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking, is promoting its annual National Walking Month with a drive to get you walking just 20 minutes a day. With their call for you to #TRY20 they are hoping to “create a walking nation where people of all generations enjoy the benefits that this simple act brings”

For more on National Walking Month click here.

World Health Day 2016: Beat diabetes

whd-poster-main-630Today is World Health Day and the focus for 2016 is beating Diabetes. In 2013 368 million people worldwide had Diabetes, in 2012 it was the direct cause of 1.5 million deaths. The epidemic is rapidly increasing in many countries around the world and something needs to be done. …to read the rest of this article click here »