MS Awareness Week 2022 will run from 25 April – 1 May is observed globally every year. The aim of this week is to raise awareness of multiple sclerosis and bring together those who are living with the condition to share their stories.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition that can affect the brain and spinal cord, causing a wide range of potential symptoms, including problems with vision, arm or leg movement, sensation or balance.
Every day, people living with MS do whatever it takes to move their lives forward despite the challenges. By sharing their stories, we help people better understand life with MS and become inspired to do whatever it takes to change the world for people living with MS.
MS is unpredictable and different for everybody. Symptoms can come and go and change over time, and it’s difficult to know how your condition might progress. That’s why this #MSAwarenessWeek (from 25 April – 1 May) we’re shining a light on the uncertainty of living with the condition.
You can show your support by: Joining an event · Walk MS · Bike MS · Challenge Walk MS · Muckfest MS · DIY Fundraising . For more information and learn more about how you can help, please visit:
World Parkinson’s Day is an opportunity for people with Parkinson’s, scientists and supporters, fundraisers and families, carers and clinicians, to come together and tell the story of Parkinson’s.
Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition. This means that it causes problems in the brain and gets worse over time. It’s the fastest-growing neurological condition in the world.
Here are 5 facts about Parkinson’s that you may not know:
- Parkinson’s is the fastest growing neurological condition in the world.
- There are over 40 symptoms. From pain and stiffness, to problems with sleep and mental health. Everyone’s experience is different.
- 1 in 37 people alive today in the UK will be diagnosed with Parkinson’s in their lifetime.
- Every hour, 2 more people are diagnosed. That’s the same as 18,000 people every year.
- Around 145,000 people in the UK are currently diagnosed with Parkinson’s.
This year, on 11 April, Parkinson’s UK is supporting 2 activities, chosen and led by a group of dedicated and passionate volunteers: Poems for Parkinson’s and Light Up Blue for Parkinson’s.
Whether you have Parkinson’s, are close to someone with the condition, or just want to spread awareness, it’s really easy to take part.To find out more about how you can get involved please visit:
Here are some of our top wellness tips that are based on scientific evidence.
1. Avoid processed foods – Foods that have been changed from their natural state
2. Drink plenty of water – Try to aim for 8 glasses a day.
3. Incorporate healthy fats into your diet such as avocado, nuts and olive oil.
4. Avoid refined carbohydrates and sugars. Added sugars are extremely prevalent in modern food and drinks. A high intake is linked to obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.
5. Eat fibre-rich foods such as whole grains, nuts, seeds, fruits & veggies
6. Eat plenty of fruits & veggies as they are filled with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants & dietary fibre, which is essential for optimum health.
7. Be Active -as a general goal, aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity every day.
8. Eat Fatty Fish – aim for at least 2 portions of fish every week, 1 of which should be an oily fish such as salmon or mackerel.
9. Avoid Smoking & Limit your Alcohol intake- Heavy alcohol consumption is linked to liver, heart, and pancreatic disease, as well as an overall increased risk of early death. People who smoke may lose up to 10 years of life and be 3 times more likely to die prematurely than those who never pick up a cigarette. Both of these habits are important to avoid.
10. Meditate – The state of deep rest produced by meditation triggers the brain to release neurotransmitters that enhance feelings of well-being, focus, and inner calm. Meditation also reduces the stress hormone cortisol.
If you’re trying to live a healthier life, try not to just focus on the foods you eat. Exercise, sleep, and social relationships are also incredibly important.
This month celebrates World Sleep Day! Sleep plays a huge role in repairing and regenerating our bodies. So getting enough sleep is just as important to our bodies as a healthy diet and regular exercise. We tend to think of sleep as allowing our bodies to shut down but there are actually really important mental and physical processes that take place while we are sleeping. For example, our blood pressure regulates, our heart and blood vessels heal which lowers our risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes and high blood pressure. Mentally, sleep helps our brain function properly when it comes to memory, learning, problem solving and decision-making and because it balances our hormones, it helps safeguard us against stress and depression.
So how much sleep do we need? Most adults need between six and nine hours every night. It is incredibly important that we make the effort to get quality sleep regularly to ensure optimum health.
Consider some of these simple tips to help you get a better nights rest.
1.) Avoid bright screens within 1-2 hours of your bedtime. The backlit blue light displays of screens suppress melatonin production, which is the hormone, that helps you sleep.
2.) Exercise regular.Exercise improves the symptoms of insomnia and sleep apnea and increases the amount of time you spend in the deep restorative stages of sleep.
3.) Avoid Caffeine, Nicotine and Alcohol before bed. The stimulating effects of these can have a major effect on your sleeping patterns.
4.) Practice Mindfulness. For a lot of us, lying in bed at night is where our mind begins to overrun bringing on worry and stress. There are some progressive relaxation techniques that you can do before bed that can help your mind from wondering and allow you to completely relax.
5.) Stick to a Sleep Schedule. Try to go to bed and get up at the same time every day. Being consistent reinforces your body’s sleep-wake cycle…
Are you looking to make some changes towards a healthier you? Than National Nutrition Month is the perfect time to do it! This month focuses on the importance of healthy eating, making informed food choices & creating long lasting fitness goals.
Research shows that starting slow & making small changes is the most successful long-term strategy for healthy changes. Here are just a few habits you can start with:
🥚Eat breakfast – Have a nutritious breakfast to give your body the energy it needs to take on the day.
🍎Make 1/2 your plate Fruits & Veggies –Fruits & Veggies are filled with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants & dietary fibre, which is essential for optimum health.
🍽️ Watch Portion Sizes – Eating too much or too little of any of the major food groups can be bad for your health so it important to be conscious of portion sizes.
💧Drink Plenty of Water – Drinking enough water is crucial for the functionality of every system in our body. Experts recommend eight 8-ounce glasses per day.
🏃Be Active -As a general goal, aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity every day
🐟Eat Fish twice a week – Aim for at least 2 portions of fish every week, 1 of which should be an oily fish such as salmon or mackerel.
⏳Eat Slowly – The benefits of eating slowly include better digestion, better hydration, easier weight loss & greater satisfaction with our meals.
🍳 Cook from home – Studies show that people who regularly eat home-cooked meals made with fresh ingredients tend to be healthier as they consume less sugar & processed foods, which can result in more energy & better health.
🥗Choose Nutrient Dense Foods – Consume foods high in vitamins, minerals, fibre & antioxidants, which are not only good for your health but also low in calories. They include brightly coloured fruits & veggies, fortified & fibre rich grains, & lean meats, beans, & nuts.
🍬Reduce Added Sugars – Many people consume more sugar than they realize. It’s important to be aware of your sugar intake because added sugars contribute zero nutrients & added calories. Too much sugar can also lead to extra pounds & can contribute to chronic illness.
Eating Disorder Awareness Week is a National campaign that takes place every year in order to raise awareness about eating disorders and provide resources for those who are curious about the disorders or who are interested in seeking treatment.
What is an Eating Disorder? The most common eating disorders are:
Anorexia Nervosa – when you try to keep your weight as low as possible by not eating enough food, exercising too much, or both.
Bulimia – when you sometimes lose control and eat a lot of food in a very short amount of time (binging) and are then deliberately sick, use laxatives, restrict what you eat, or do too much exercise to try to stop yourself gaining weight.
Binge Eating Disorder (BED) – when you regularly lose control of your eating, eat large portions of food all at once until you feel uncomfortably full, and are then often upset or guilty.
Other specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED) – when your symptoms don’t exactly match those of anorexia, bulimia or binge eating disorder, but it doesn’t mean it’s a less serious illness.
On average, 149 weeks pass before those experiencing eating disorder symptoms seek help. We know that the sooner someone gets the treatment they need, the more likely they are to make a full and fast recovery. That is why it so important that we raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of an eating disorder and encourage and empower people to take action now no matter how long their symptoms have been present.
For more information about the week and to find out how to get involved, visit the Beating Eating Disorders Website –
Its National Heart Month! Did you know that the most important thing you can do to look after your heart is to have a healthy lifestyle? Making just small changes in your habits can make a huge difference to the health of your heart.
Here are 6 simple Healthy Heart Tips:
1.)Exercise – Physical Activity is great for heart health. Aim for a minimum of at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity for 5 or more days a week. If exercise isn’t your thing, just keep it simple, try walking for 30minutes a day or find an activity that you really enjoy that gets you up and moving.
2.)Eat Healthy & Maintain a Healthy Weight – Maintaining a healthy weight is key in controlling your blood pressure and lowering your risk for heart disease. A diet low in saturated fats and rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains can lower your risk of heart disease by 73 percent. Make sure to eat a balanced diet with a wide range of nutritious foods to ensure that you are getting all the vitamins and minerals that you need.
3.)Get enough Sleep –A good nights sleep is just as important as regular exercise and a healthy diet. Poor sleep has immediate negative effects on your body. Aim for 8 to 9 hours of sleep per night.
4.) Don’t smoke – Smoking increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases which include heart disease and stroke. Smoking is one of the top controllable risk factors for heart disease.
5.)Manage Stress – Stress raises the blood pressure which has an immediate effect on your heart. Try to manage your stress levels by using some relaxation techniques such as meditating, yoga, or gentle breathing exercises.
6.) Keep your blood pressure in check – High blood pressure is the number one risk factor for stroke and a major factor for around half of all heart disease and strokes. Therefore, it is very important to get your blood pressure checked regularly by your GP and if its persistently high, it needs to be controlled.
♥️A healthy heart is a healthy you!♥️.
Its National Self-Check Month which is an amazing reminder to make sure we get all the necessary health checks that could potentially save our lives.
As we get older, the more we tend to worry about our health. But undergoing routine health checks can drastically improve the outcome of some age related diseases. Early diagnosis helps save lives as it provides treatment options at the earliest possible stage & often before the disease starts to spread.
It is not just cancer screenings that are important to our health. There are many other health screenings that are just as important such as cholesterol, blood pressure & routine health checks. Prevention is always better than a cure.
Here are 8 tests that could literally save your life.
✳️Bowel / Colon Cancer Screening– Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK. More than 90% of bowel cancers can be successfully treated if detected early.
✳️Breast Screenings– More than 90% of women diagnosed with breast cancer at the earliest stage survive their disease for at least 5 years compared to around the 15% for women diagnosed at the most advanced stage.
✳️Cervical Screening- Cervical screening is a method of preventing cancer by detecting abnormalities& precancerous cells in the cervix. If left untreated, these abnormalities could lead to cervical cancer.
✳️Skin Checks– Keeping an eye on moles is essential for spotting the early signs of skin cancer. .
✳️AAA screening- The aorta is the main blood vessel in the body. It pumps blood from the heart around the body. If a swelling in the aorta is left to get bigger it could burst, causing life threatening bleeds inside the stomach. .
✳️Cholesterol Checks–High levels of cholesterol can build up in the arteries, which increase your risk of heart attack, cardiovascular diseases or stroke.
✳️Prostate Check– Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men. If there are any causes for concern such as an increased need to urinate, straining or not feeling emptied after urinating. Men can be offered a PSA blood test.
✳️Blood Pressure Check– High blood pressure can put you at risk for multiple conditions such as heart failure, stroke, heart attack, kidney disease This is a common test that is incredibly important and could even save your life.
Today is World Cancer Day. This is a day that unites people, communities & entire countries to raise awareness & take action.
Cancer is a disease which occurs when changes in a group of normal cells within the body lead to uncontrolled, abnormal growth forming a lump called a tumour; this is true of all cancers except leukaemia. If left untreated, tumours can grow and spread into the surrounding normal tissue, or to other parts of the body.
Key Cancer Facts
📌10 million people die from cancer every year.
📌At least 1/3 of common cancers are preventable.
📌Cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death worldwide
📌70% of cancer deaths occur in low-to-middle income countries.
📌Up to 3.7 million lives could be saved each year by implementing strategies for prevention, early detection & treatment.
Cancers can be caused by a number of different factors. It is important to remember that not all cancers can be prevented. However, around 1/3 of cancer cases can be prevented by reducing behavioural & dietary risks.
Help Reduce Your Risk Of Cancer:
🍷Alcohol –Evidence suggests that , the more alcohol drinks people consume, the higher the risk of many cancers.
🍔Being overweight – Excess weight has been linked to an increased risk of developing 12 different cancers.
🏃♀️Excerise – Regular exercise helps to reduce excess body fat & the cancer risks associated with this.
🚬Tobacco – Tobacco smoke contains at least 80 different cancer-causing substances. When smoke is inhaled the chemicals enter the lungs, pass into the blood stream & are transported throughout the body.
☀️Radiation – Manmade sources of radiation can cause cancer. Prolonged exposure to ultraviolet radiations from the sun and tanning beds can also lead to skin cancers.
🍎Diet and nutrition – Experts suggest that diets & nutritional intake, particularly diets high in red meats, processed meats & low in fruits & vegetables have an impact on cancer risks.
✔️Early Detection Testing- Early Screening Tests means testing for early signs of cancer before people have any symptoms. If cancer is detected at an early stage, it is easier to treat & there is a better chance of survival.
Beat the January Blues by adding these 5 Mood Boosting Foods to your diet.
1.) Oily Fish.
Fatty acids make up a large percentage of our brain tissue. By eating salmon, mackerel and sardines regularly will keep your brain healthy and improves your mood by keeping brain cells flexible, so the brain’s messaging chemicals neurotransmitters can work more effectively.
2.) Spinach and Kale.
Vitamin B Deficiencieshave been linked to depression, as serotonin production can actually be hindered by low B vitamin levels. The VitaminB to look out for should include folate, vitamins B3, B6 and B12, and eating leafy green vegetables such as spinach or kale will help keep your levels up. These dark leafy greens are also full of iron, which also helps us produce energy. The more energy we feel often leads us to feeling happier and more productive.
Beries are rich in flavonoids, which helps regulate mood and improve memory and also reduces inflammation. Research as shown that increased inflammation in the body can cause depression
This health boosting nut is full of magnesium, fibre and Vitamin E. As an antioxidant, Vitamin E can help combat free radical damage in the brain and has been shown to improve memory and cognition.
5.) Dark Chocolate.
Dark Chocolate stimulates the production of endorphins, chemicals in the brain that create feelings of pleasure. Dark chocolate also contains serotonin, an antidepressant that can elevate mood.Studies have shown that chocolate can improve mood and cognition, plus it’s a rich source of antioxidants, iron and magnesium that can help us relax. Make sure you consume quality dark chocolate with 70% or higher cocoa content.