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Staying active in isolation

In these days of restricted movements the government has suggested that people, even though they may be in isolation, should try and keep healthy by undertaking some exercise each day. Bay Health and Care Partners are encouraging everyone to think about ways you can exercise whilst at home and indoors.

To stay healthy, adults should try to be active every day and aim to achieve at least 150 minutes of physical activity over a week. 30 minutes a day of exercise will go a long way to help you remain healthy, and you should be able to achieve that just by using everyday items in your home.

You can walk up and down the stairs or use a single step to do step ups.

You can repeatedly sit and rise from a chair, or use a chair to balance yourself when doing squats.

You might want to lean at a slight angle against a wall and do wall presses, which are similar to press-ups but done whilst standing, or if you’re able, do proper press-ups on the floor.

It might be something as simple as walking briskly or jogging around the garden for 30 minutes whilst listening to some music or just looking at the plants and flowers.

If you have a games console, such as a wii there are programmes like wii fit which will help you with exercise and there’s also plenty of help and advice on line.

It’s important to know your limitations though and not be too tough on yourself. Any form of exercise is better than none and it’s been proved that physical activity can help improve your mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing your risk of stress and depression.

Whilst we are asked to restrict our movements outside the home, there’s no restriction on our movements inside the home. So get exercising and stay healthy, you never know you might enjoy it!

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Amazing Almonds!

Brits love to eat almonds as part of many popular foods, from cereals to bars and even in the form of plant-based milk and nut butter but we don’t often stop to think about how powerful these little nuts really are and what a great source of nutrients they can be.

 

In reality, we should turn to the nut as an integral snack in our diets due to the many benefits it has to our cholesterol, blood pressure and weight. 

 

Our reporter Nathan Speller has more on this story…


Five Ways to Wellbeing

Daily life throws up many challenges for us, some of which can have a direct effect on our mental health and wellbeing.

As we move from winter towards spring it’s a great time to think about making positive changes for a healthier lifestyle, but it’s also important to think about what it is you want to achieve, set realistic goals and find ways to help you stay motivated.

Evidence suggests that there are 5 steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing which can make you feel happier, more positive and able to get the most from life.

Connect: Connect with people around you, whether that is family, friends, colleagues or neighbours. Invest the time in developing these connections as they will support and enrich you every day.

Be Active: Go for a walk or a run. Step outside. Play a game. Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy and one that suits your level of mobility and fitness.

Take Notice: Whether you are walking to work, eating your lunch or talking to friends, be aware of the world around you and what you’re feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.

Keep Learning: Trying something new like rediscovering an old interest or signing up to that course you’ve had your eye on for a while. Learning new things will make you more confident.

Give: Doing something nice for a friend or a stranger, thanking someone or volunteering can have a positive impact on your mental health. Seeing yourself and your happiness linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding.

Just working on a couple of these areas is a great start in taking control of your mental health and wellbeing.

For more information on the Five Way to Wellbeing visit: www.mind.org.uk

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Keep Warm this Winter

As we get older, our bodies respond differently to the cold which can leave us more vulnerable to health problems. But with a little preparation, and by following some simple suggestions, you can stay healthy, safe and comfortable this winter.

When it gets cold, it’s important to keep yourself warm, both in the home and when you go out, this is because cold temperatures can raise blood pressure and increase the risk of flu. Cold weather can also be particularly dangerous if you have breathing problems, reduced mobility, a low immune system or circulatory conditions. Here’s some simple advice to help you stay healthy this winter:

Keep moving - Staying active will not only keep you fit and healthy, it will also generate heat to keep you warm.

Eat and drink well - Eat at least one hot meal each day and have hot drinks throughout the day.

Have your yearly flu vaccine - Flu is not only unpleasant, it can also develop into something more serious, such as pneumonia.

Clothing - Several thin layers of clothing will keep you warmer than one thick layer, as the layers trap warm air. Clothes made from wool or fleecy synthetic fibres such as polyester are a better choice than cotton.

Use a hot-water bottle, wheat bag or an electric blanket to warm the bed.

To keep the heat in your home, close the curtains in the evenings and fit thermal linings if you can. Keep your bedroom window closed at night when the weather is cold. The coldest time of the day is just before dawn and breathing in cold air increases the risk of chest infections.

The cold weather can also affect people with mental health conditions, such as depression and dementia, so it would be great this winter if we could all check up on older or vulnerable relatives and neighbours to make sure they’re safe, well and warm enough, especially at night. If you're worried about a relative or elderly neighbour, contact your local council or call the Age UK helpline on 0800 678 1174 for more advice.

Stay warm and stay well this winter.


Art Imitating Life

For many across the UK living with chronic illnesses or diseases life can become a day-to-day challenge – for those facing rarer conditions, there is often further stigma, isolation and discrimination to deal with.

1 in 17 of us will be affected by a rare disease at some point in our lives, which is why a new campaign has launched to give people a better insight into what life could be like. ‘I Am Number 17’ will highlight the care, treatment and support needs of people living with rare diseases.


NHS 111

When feeling unwell, many people decide to go to their nearest hospital emergency department or call 999, which is sometimes unnecessary. Do you know about the free NHS assessment service? NHS 111 is a non-emergency service that you can use if you are unsure of which healthcare service you need to visit in North Lancashire and South Cumbria.

The NHS 111 service can direct you to the most appropriate care for your condition, which could be your GP, pharmacy or walk-in centre. It could also be the emergency department at a hospital or an emergency ambulance, if required. This useful service is available 24 hours a day by dialling 111 or by going to 111.nhs.uk.

So what happens when you use NHS 111? If you call 111 a specially trained health advisor will take you through a series of questions about your symptoms, any treatment you’ve tried already, any medication you’ve taken and any other medical conditions. At the end of your clinical assessment you will be advised on the next best step for your care, this could be a referral to a clinician for example – a trained nurse or paramedic – for further assessment of your condition or for medical advice. You could also be given advice about contacting the out-of-hours doctor, where to find a late opening pharmacy or community dentist or how to get immediate emergency care.

You can call NHS 111 or go online and look at 111.nhs.uk at any time of the day or night if you are unsure of which service to visit.

 

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Signs of Meningitis

Bacterial meningitis is a rare but serious and sometimes life-threatening disease, which can be mistaken for flu or even a hangover because the early symptoms such as fever, headache, vomiting and muscle pain can be similar.

More cases of bacterial meningitis and septicemia occur in the winter months, so in the winter months it’s important that parents know what to look out for so that they can act quickly if they suspect meningitis.

Our reporter Stuart Buchanan has more on this story…


Half of UK Could Turn Vegan in 2020

With the New Year well-and-truly under way and resolutions hopefully holding firm, new research from Co-op suggests that nearly half of the UK could be inspired to become vegan, with many already becoming flexitarian.

In fact, hundreds of thousands of us are taking part in the seventh annual ‘Veganuary’ and adopting a plant-based diet throughout the month.

Our reporter Nathan Speller has more on this story…


Flu Jab

People living in the Morecambe Bay area are being encouraged to keep their loved ones safe this winter by having their flu jab.

Flu is an extremely contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza A or B viruses. It is an unpredictable virus that can cause mild illness in most people but some people are more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu such as bronchitis and pneumonia. Health experts say we can all give the flu to our friends and family members without even knowing it. A recent study reveals that up to 77 per cent of people with flu have no symptoms at all. So people in at risk groups are advised to have a flu vaccine each year. You should have the flu jab if:

  • If you have an underlying health condition (such as long-term heart or respiratory disease)
  • If you are 65 years of age or over
  • If you are pregnant
  • If you have certain medical conditions
  • If you are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility
  • If you receive a carer's allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
  • Or if you are a frontline health and social care worker

For otherwise healthy people flu can be very unpleasant, however, most people will recover from flu within a week or two. The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to people who are at risk. This is to help protect them against catching flu and developing serious complications.

If you do fall into one of the groups that are at greater risk, please take up the opportunity and have your free flu jab through your GP practice, local pharmacy or employer if you work in the NHS.”

For more information on flu, visit the NHS website at: www.nhs.uk/conditions/flu

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