Donor registration – simple steps to saving lives

Fiona PI’ve written and rewritten this blog 3 times. The first draft was too emotional, the second draft too focused on fact and the third, a disjointed mix of the two. This should be easy to write because there is just one very clear message that I want to get across: sign up to the donor register and tell your friends and family your wishes. Continue reading

Unleash the inner athlete: why we don’t need to win the World Cup to benefit from sports

SaniaH_smallThe sports system is a multifaceted, multi-billion pound industry made up of public and commercial organisations. Governments are responsible for setting a country’s sports infrastructure, in terms of how sports are taught in schools and the quality of public facilities. Continue reading

Physical fitness, for a healthy body and mind

Peggy YoungFollowing the theme of Ivonne’s excellent blog about the benefits of knitting  on mental health I would like to put the case for exercise as well.  I can often leave work feeling very jaded and mentally tired. I find myself unable to leave my work ’problems’ behind Continue reading

Keep calm and carry on… knitting

ivonneHAs my bit to raise awareness of mental health awareness week and in an effort to reduce my own anxiety I am going to go on record and out myself. I AM A KNITTER (and a crocheter, and a card maker… well generally a pretty crafty person), but let’s just focus on the knitting for the time being. Continue reading

The links between financial health and physical health

rachelCOn a recent commute, I read with interest that households are now more worried about the rising cost of living than they are about their health.  According to data from uSwitch released in the build-up to the budget next week, more than half of households (55%) said that their biggest concern was the cost of living, compared with less than a third (29%) who saw their health as their main priority. Continue reading

Is the next big tech revolution on your wrist?

I haven’t owned a watch for quite a few years, but The New York times are reporting that Apple are apparently playing with loading their iOS software into a wrist watch.  Apple aren’t the only ones investing in smartwatch technology. A great crowd funded start-up called Pebble also has a bluetooth enabled watch. Continue reading

Cancer – it’s good to talk

We need to talk about the big C. Cancer. You may well be thinking ‘Talk about cancer, don’t we do enough of that already?’ Unfortunately the truth all too often is no, we don’t. Admittedly cancer is frequently in the news either in the form of a fundraising initiatives, such as Movember, Race for Life  or regarding a new treatment made available (or not) on the NHS. Continue reading

Bringing the power home: can councils handle it?

It’s hard to miss the headlines informing us that obese people could have their benefits cut unless they start exercising. This is bound to spark considerable debate over why only overweight people are being punished and not smokers or drug addicts or why overweight people should be allowed to put a strain on the healthcare system. Continue reading

How safe is cycling in cities?

The issue of improved safety for cyclists has been a key talking point in the media over recent weeks.  At the forefront has been The Times, who have led with their Cities fit for cycling campaign, launched after journalist Mary Bowers was badly injured on her way to work in November 2011 and still remains in hospital.  Continue reading