According to the charity Action on Addiction one third of the UK struggles with addiction. But what is it and how do you overcome it?
Movember is the hairiest month of the year and in 2015 its time to get Moving! …to read the rest of this article click here »
Mention of the Sugar Tax is everywhere at the moment with Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver pushing it into the public eye. Celebrity endorsements are one thing but would a sugar Tax be worthwhile? And what else can be done to reduce our addiction to sugar
Would the Sugar Tax really work?
Public Health England (PHE) certainly seems to think so. In a recent report it states that 12-15% of the diet of the average person in the UK is made up of sugar. Guidelines state that this should actually be less than 5%. The report states that reducing our intake to this level would save the NHS more than £500m per year.
40% of our food budget is spent on promotions and offers. PHE think that raising the price on sugar filled products will reduce the amount of promotions shops can offer and this will in turn reduce average intake. But they admit that that no single measure would be effective. In fact they recommend five key strategies:
- A sugar tax between 10% and 20%
- Significantly reducing advertising high sugar food and drink to children
- Targeting supermarkets and take-away special offers
- Sugar reduction in everyday food and drink
- Ensure the sale of healthier foods in hospitals and other public bodies
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Every year October is the month to raise awareness for breast cancer. Most people are aware of breast cancer by now but the campaign is about reminding people to stay alert to the symptoms. …to read the rest of this article click here »
It is well known that health is influenced by a wide array of factors including genetics, social circumstances, environmental exposures, health care, and behavioural patterns. What isn’t as well known is that of those factors behavioural patterns have the single greatest influence on the health of the population at large. This means that health promotion and prevention are the key tools in improving public health. …to read the rest of this article click here »
Keeping yourself healthy is always important, but it is especially important during pregnancy. A healthy diet when pregnant will help your baby to grow and develop.
Stoptober 2015 will once again be challenging smokers to quit for the month of October. Last year over 250,000 smokers across England and Wales stubbed out their cigarettes for the 28-day stop smoking challenge during October 2014. …to read the rest of this article click here »
British Food Fortnight, 19 September – 4 October 2015 is held at the same time as harvest festival and is the biggest annual celebration of British food and drink.
British Food Fortnight offers the opportunity to promote healthy eating for children. The British Food Fortnight website has a Teacher Zone that will help to bring British food alive in school and get pupils excited about the wonderful food we produce in this country. See the website below for links to the downloadable pdfs of “Putting the Ooo back into Food” guides; information on how to find a chef to help run cooking lessons; and ideas for involving parents.
To stay healthy or to improve health, adults aged between 19 – 64 need to do two types of physical activity each week: aerobic and muscle-strengthening activity. …to read the rest of this article click here »