Livewire Health Walks
Grab your boots and get walking with the Lifestyles team! LiveWire has introduced this great workout which is ideal to get you back into exercise.
Health Walks April 2019
For further information please visit; Livewire Warrignton
Bowel Cancer Awareness Month
Every 15 minutes in the UK somebody is diagnosed with bowel cancer. Young, old, female or male – it affects us all. This Bowel Cancer Awareness Month we’re shining a light on the varied and many people affected by bowel cancer.
Bowel Cancer Screening:
- If you are aged between 60 and 74, you will be invited to take part in bowel cancer screening every two years
- If you are aged 75 or over, you can ask for a screening test by calling the free bowel cancer screening helpline on 0800 707 60 60.
- Call the screening helpline on 0800 707 60 60 or visit NHS Choices for more information about bowel screening in England.
For extra information and support visit; Bowel Cancer UK
Diabetes Prevention Awareness
Around 200,000 people are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes every year, but there are things you can do to reduce your risk.
Making small changes to your lifestyle now can make a big impact on your future health. This means you can reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and the risk of serious complications that can come with it. Having experts to help you make the right choices along the way can make it even easier. That's why we're working with the NHS to help support people to reduce their risk.
Monday 1 April to Sunday 7 April 2019
This April, the NHS England Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP) is holding the second Diabetes Prevention Week. We've teamed up with them to raise awareness of their Healthier You programme. This is a free service run by NHS England to help reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
How you can get involved
- Find out your risk – Use our Know Your Risk tool to find out your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. It only takes three minutes.
- Get a free NHS health check – to check your risk of Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other conditions (available for those aged 40 to 74).
- Ask your GP or Practice Nurse to check if you're at risk – and get referred to your local Healthier You prevention programme.
- If you are a healthcare professional or are part of a community organisation, order your free Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Week toolkit to help raise awareness of Type 2 diabetes in your local area.
For more information and support please visit; Diabetes Prevention
Stay Safe this Summer
Windows - As the weather heats up and we throw open our doors and windows, remember to be extra vigilant. Falls from any window or balcony – even on the ground floor – can be serious. If you’ve got young children, keep low furniture away from windows so that they can’t climb up and fall out. It’s a good idea to install window catches (to limit how far they can open) and locks if you can.
Ponds and pools - If you have a garden, remember that babies and toddlers can drown in as little as 5cm (2”) of water, so supervision around ponds and paddling pools is essential. It’s a very good idea to get into the habit of emptying paddling pools when young children have finished playing in them. Think about your neighbours’ gardens too – young children can wander off into them and drown in garden ponds, even if you don’t think they have access.
Barbecue safety - A barbecue/fire-pit can stay hot enough to cause a serious burn for a long time after they’ve been used. All barbecues produce carbon monoxide which is fine outdoors, but is deadly poisonous in an enclosed space. Never take a lit or smouldering one inside a house, tent, caravan, or boat.
Sun safety - Out in the sun? Sunburn doesn’t often cause serious accidental injury to children. But it’s important to protect children from sunburn due to the long-term damage it can cause.
Drowning - It’s not just young children at risk. Older children and teenagers who are competent swimmers can still get into trouble and be at risk of drowning. In the UK, incidents of drowning from swimming in inland water are more common than those in the sea. Abroad, in the past six years, 30 children from the UK have drowned whilst on holiday. Don’t assume hotel pools have lifeguards – provision and legislation varies in different countries, and lifeguards may have other duties. Also don’t assume that your child will shout or scream if they’re in trouble: drowning happens silently.
Holiday rentals and hotels - It might sound obvious, but remember to exercise the same caution in holiday accommodation that you do at home.
- keep medicines and cleaning things out of young children’s reach
- move furniture away from windows, and if your holiday home or hotel room has a balcony, ensure young children are supervised
- tie blind cords out of reach of young children
- children under six shouldn’t sleep on the top bunk of a bunk bed
- check the smoke alarms are working when you arrive
Camping, caravanning, motor homes, camper vans and boats – If accommodation has a fuel-burning appliance, it’s important to get it serviced regularly and, have an audible carbon monoxide alarm. If you’re renting, it’s a good idea to take one along with you.
Protect Yourself in the Sun
Too much Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or sunbeds is the main cause of skin cancer. In the UK more than 8 in 10 cases of melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, could be prevented through enjoying the sun safely and avoiding sunbeds.
There are two types of UV rays that damage our skin. Both types can cause skin cancer:
- UVB is responsible for the majority of sunburns
- UVA penetrates deep into the skin. It ages the skin, but contributes much less towards sunburn.
Sunburn is a clear sign that the DNA in your skin cells has been damaged by too much UV radiation. Getting sunburn, just once every 2 years, can triple your risk of melanoma skin cancer.
Getting sunburnt doesn't mean you will definitely develop skin cancer. But it does mean there's even more reason to protect your skin in future, so as not to add to any damage.
Five S's of Sun Safety:
- SLIP on sun t-shirt
- SLOP on SPF 30+ broad spectrum UVA sunscreen
- SLAP on a broad brimmed hat
- SLIDE on quality sunglasses
- SHADE from the sun whenever possible
Show your doctor if you notice any changes in how your skin looks or feels, or if you have moles and notice that one looks different to the others. Also show your doctor if you notice:
- a new growth or sore that will not heal
- a spot, mole or sore that itches or hurts
- a mole or growth that bleeds, oozes, crusts or scabs
For more information visit:
Cancer Research UK
Skcin - Sun Safety and Skin Cancer