Health news for May

National walking month
May is the 90th anniversary for the charity Living Streets. In May, Living Streets are encouraging us to walk more, for example, walk to school, walk to work. You can get off the bus a stop or two earlier or park further away from work, if you can’t walk the full distance. https://www.livingstreets.org.uk/

If you’d like to do more walking, but you aren’t really sure where to start, why not have a look here https://www.walkingforhealth.org.uk

The NHS has some fantastic advice on how to get started walking, even if you don’t do much walking now. https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/walking-for-health/

Action on stroke month

The Stroke Association are asking us to turn May purple for stroke awareness. You could organise a ‘Purple Day’ at work, and ask everyone to donate something. Wear purple, make purple cakes, paint your beard purple! https://www.stroke.org.uk/get-involved/fundraising/make-may-purple

Do you know how to spot a stroke? Act FAST https://www.stroke.org.uk/what-is-stroke/what-are-the-symptoms-of-stroke#FAST test

What is a TIA?(Transient ischaemic attack)
https://www.stroke.org.uk/what-is-stroke/types-of-stroke/transient-ischaemic-attack

National smile month

It’s time to SMILE! Smiles are such an important part of you, and can tell other people just how you are feeling. BUT did you know that there is a direct link between oral health and your general health and that there are shared risk factors with chronic diseases, including cancer and heart disease? If you haven’t been to see your dentist in a while… now might be a good time to get in touch! https://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/dentalhealth/Pages/gum-disease-and-overall-health.aspx

Have you taken your child to the dentist recently? If not, you might want to read this.
https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2017/06/14/health-matters-child-dental-health/

5th May – Save lives, clean your hands
How can the Happy Birthday song save lives? By helping you to time your handwashing….
https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/show-me-the-science-handwashing.html
Sing it twice while washing your hands to make sure you’re washing for long enough.

5th May – International day of the midwife
Midwives are an essential part of advocacy for women in childbirth, and are a crucial part of healthcare across the world, responsible for ensuring the safe delivery of tens of thousands of babies each and every day of the year. https://www.facebook.com/MidwivesRCM/

We’re all familiar with Slip, Slop, Slap aren’t we? Or are we? As we come into the summer it is especially important to remember to cover up and ensure that we don’t get sunburnt. So SLIP on a T-shirt, SLOP on some (Factor 50) suncream, and SLAP on a hat. Stay inside during the hottest part of the day, and make sure that you don’t get burnt.

7th May – World asthma day
World Asthma Day is raising awareness of asthma. If you or someone you know suffers from asthma, you can find out more about managing your condition here: https://www.asthma.org.uk/advice/manage-your-asthma/

10th May – World lupus day
Lupus is a chronic auto-immune disease which can damage any part of the body, skin, joints and/or organs and the effects can last from weeks to years. In patients with Lupus, the body produces too many antibodies which then attack the sufferer’s body. Lupus sufferers are mostly female, and across the globe, five million people suffer every day. https://www.lupusuk.org.uk/what-is-lupus/

12th May
Could you be a fibro fighter? Fibromyalgia UK is looking for people to help raise awareness of Fibromyalgia. It’s estimated that up to 5% of people may suffer from Fibromyalgia, which causes chronic pain and fatigue. You can find out more here http://www.fmauk.org/

12th May – International nurses day
We think our nurses do an amazing job and we’re celebrating on International Nurses Day.
Our nurses do a brilliant job each and every day, taking care of our patients and being generally all-round awesome. We’re sure you’ll join us in wishing them a happy International Nurses Day! https://www.rcn.org.uk/nurses-day

12th May CIND and ME Awareness Day
Happy birthday Florence Nightingale. It is believed that she suffered from ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Chronic immunological and neurological diseases and ME can be debilitating for sufferers, you can find out more here: https://www.may12th.org/illnesses/

On 12th May #LightUpTheNight for ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome https://www.facebook.com/may12th.awareness

Death awareness week
It’s never easy to talk about dying, especially with those we love. Death awareness week encourages us to discuss the important things about death and dying with those who are important to us. Having these conversations before they are absolutely needed, ensures that everyone understands what is important to you. https://www.dyingmatters.org/overview/need-support

Mental health awareness week
How many of us would consider stress a mental health issue? Two-thirds of people will suffer a mental health problem during their lifetime and stress is a key factor in this. There are dozens of events planned around the country, click here to see where your nearest event is and see how you can get involved.

14th May – Coeliac awareness week
Do you know what coeliac disease is? Gluten in food can cause an immune response in around one in 100 people. It is estimated that around half a million people in the UK who have the disease, don’t yet know. Could you be one of them?

If you are concerned about symptoms, see the information in the link below and contact your GP.
https://www.coeliac.org.uk/coeliac-disease/about-coeliac-disease-and-dermatitis-herpetiformis/

20th May – Dementia action week
In the UK, one person develops Dementia every three minutes. To help raise funds and awareness you could join in an event that has already been planned: https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/get-involved/dementia-action-week or you could organise your own.

20th to 24th May – Walk to school week
In 2017 400,000 children and their families joined in with walk to school week. It’s Happy Shoesday on the 21st May; you should wear the shoes that make you happy and walk to school. See if you can encourage your school to take part: https://www.livingstreets.org.uk/what-we-do/projects/happy-shoesday

Action for brain injury awareness week
You, me and brain injury. A brain injury affects not only the patient but also their family, friends, colleagues and many more relationships. On the 24th May, it’s hats for headway day, wear a funky hat and donate a pound to brain injury awareness. https://www.headway.org.uk/about-headway/events-and-conferences/hats-for-headway-day/

30th May – World MS day
Multiple Sclerosis is a disease which can present different problems in different people. It can include symptoms which affect you physically but also can affect your memory, thinking and emotions. #bringinguscloser https://worldmsday.org/about/

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