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.

For a list of organisations that can offer advice and information about mental health and mental health services please click here


Back to School Health

Children spend more time at school than anywhere else except home so now is the time to ensure school-aged children are ready for a healthy school year ahead. Whether you’re a parent or teacher, here are some healthy ‘back-to-school’ tips to help you to be ready for some common challenges, such as vaccinations, exercise, sleep, homework and eating healthy lunches and snacks. …to read the rest of this article click here »

Older People – a new power for development

1 October is International Day of Older Persons. By 2020, half of UK’s population will be aged 50 or over. People have a better quality of living, which means longer lives!
As the population changes, the country will too. We need to improve attitudes towards older people and appreciate the roles they play in society. They can be forgotten about and sometimes treated like lesser members of society. …to read the rest of this article click here »

Stoptober 2014

It’s July and, at the risk of spoiling the summertime fun, it’s not too early to remind you that October is not far away. This means it is time to start planning for the 3rd annual Stoptober campaign. Stoptober challenges smokers to quit for 28 days of October with help offered in the form of support packs, social media, advice and personal help if needed. …to read the rest of this article click here »

Know your fats

Fat is an important part of our diet and is essential for maintaining health. However, too much fat, particularly the ‘wrong’ kind, increases the risk of disease.

Fat is important because it is a source of energy and provides fat-soluble vitamins and essential fatty acids (EFAs). It transports the fat-soluble vitamins around the body and provides protection to the internal organs. …to read the rest of this article click here »

Diabetes: Prevention and control

Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels are above normal. Most of the food you eat is turned into glucose, used by the body for energy.

The pancreas makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of your body. If you have diabetes, your body either doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use its insulin efficiently. This leads to a build up of sugar in the blood. …to read the rest of this article click here »