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Healthy heart strategies for your employees

As the British Heart Foundation’s ‘National Heart Month’ comes to an end in February, it is worth highlighting that the integral connection between diet and heart health.  Strategies such as watching your weight, keeping your total fats and saturated fats down and cutting down on  salt intake have all become well known dietary approaches to … Read moreHealthy heart strategies for your employees

Stricter rules needed on junk food ads targeted at children

Tough new controls must be introduced worldwide to stop commercial companies marketing unhealthy foods and drinks which make children overweight and stunt their growth, say some of the world’s leading obesity experts. No country has yet reversed its obesity epidemic, they point out in a major new series of six papers in the Lancet medical journal. … Read moreStricter rules needed on junk food ads targeted at children

Weight gain can be linked to child birth

A major European obesity investigation has called for urgent action to prevent obesity in women of child-bearing age. The authors, including a team from Edinburgh University, say children born to overweight mothers are at greater risk of health problems in later life. They say every pregnant woman should have access to dieticians and psychologists to … Read moreWeight gain can be linked to child birth

Drinking in moderation might not improve your health

Drinking in moderation does not improve your health after all, experts have warned. Previous research had suggested small amounts of alcohol could protect against heart disease and reduce the risk of premature death. But a study published in the British Medical Journal found these claims may have been ­exaggerated. The only people who might benefit from alcohol are women … Read moreDrinking in moderation might not improve your health

Pressures in the workplace could be affecting your heart

According to research from the British Heart Foundation, employees in Scotland could be putting their heart health at risk due to the pressures of their job.  As a result, employers have been urged to help their staff kick-start a healthier lifestyle during the charity’s Heart Month of February. Obesity, lack of physical activity, alcohol and … Read morePressures in the workplace could be affecting your heart

It is time your employees ate less sugar!

You may have seen the recent advertising campaign for the new  Change4Life campaign, Sugar Swaps which was launched by Public Health England  Sugar Swaps encourages parents to cut down the amount of sugar their children consume by making one or more simple swaps. Some of the statistics taken from recently published data is shocking – … Read moreIt is time your employees ate less sugar!

Rise in women swapping food for booze

Leading researchers have warned that increasing numbers of women are cutting back on food to drink wine – a problem that has been termed ‘drinkorexia’. Labels that detail the calories in bottles of alcoholic drinks are encouraging people with eating disorders to swap food for drink, psychologists say. People who are obsessed with ‘calorie counting’ … Read moreRise in women swapping food for booze

'Smart' insulin may offer help to type 1 diabetics

Scientists are hopeful that “smart” insulins which are undergoing trials could revolutionise the way diabetes is managed.  This would effectively mean that diabetes patients could be spared the burden of constantly monitoring blood sugar levels.  The new compound, which was shown to be effective in mice, automatically activates when blood sugar levels soar, and remains in circulation … Read more'Smart' insulin may offer help to type 1 diabetics

Fear of cancer can impact screening uptake

People who worry about cancer are more likely to want to get screened for colon cancer, but feeling uncomfortable at the thought of cancer makes them less likely to actually go for the test, finds new UCL-led research. Different experiences of fear were found to have different effects on people’s likeliness to get tested.  People … Read moreFear of cancer can impact screening uptake

Wellbeing in the retail workplace is not working for women

Research has been released by Income Protection Specialists Unum has found that women in retail are far more unhappy with current levels of workplace wellbeing than their male counterparts. This is a critical issue for businesses given that 60% of UK retail workers today are women. The research found that less than half of women … Read moreWellbeing in the retail workplace is not working for women

The 10 'red flag' symptoms that could mean cancer

Cancer Research UK has warned that people should not dismiss trivial symptoms as they could be a sign of something more sinister.  The charity is urging everyone to familiarise themselves with the key symptoms – in their bid to help save lives.  They advise if you or a member of your family is suffering at least one of … Read moreThe 10 'red flag' symptoms that could mean cancer