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 »

Pedal Power

Bike Week 14 – 22 June 2014

Bike Week is an annual opportunity to promote cycling, and show how cycling can easily be part of everyday life. By demonstrating the social, health and environmental benefits of cycling, the week aims to get people to give cycling a go. Whether this is for fun, as a means of getting around to the local shops, school, the library or just to visit friends. …to read the rest of this article click here »

World No Tobacco Day – 31 May 2014

Raise Taxes on Tobacco

Every year, on 31 May, WHO and partners mark World No Tobacco Day. The aim of the day is to highlight the health risks associated with tobacco use and campaign for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. World No Tobacco Day 2014 is urging countries to raise taxes on tobacco. …to read the rest of this article click here »

Walk to Work Week May 12 – 16

Walk to Work Week aims to help people to discover where walking can take you. It encourages workplaces to get some healthy competition going and feel the benefits. Walking is one of the easiest ways to increase your fitness and improve your health. To count as moderate exercise you should walk at about four miles an hour, which is about the pace you’d walk if late for an appointment. Do this five times a week and you’ll soon feel the difference. Walking is a great way to stay trim and helps keep your heart healthy. It saves on petrol and bus fares, and is better for our planet. It’s easy to fit some more walking in to your working week. Whether it’s making changes to how you travel to work, or getting out more at lunchtimes. …to read the rest of this article click here »