After a miserable few weeks of weather, it’s great to see the sun shining and people out and about enjoying spending time with family and friends. Long may that continue.
Being outside and enjoying our natural surroundings is proven to lower blood pressure and stress, help build a strong immune system, and prevent depression and anxiety. Try adding a little extra outdoor activity to your day – it will help you sleep better and feel happier.
It’s important not to forget however, that being outside brings additional things to watch out for when it comes to your health and wellbeing, including sun exposure, food safety and allergies.
Did you know?
- Rates of skin cancer are increasing faster than any other cancer in the UK, with figures doubling every 10-20 years
- Around 2.4 million cases of foodborne illness occur every year in the UK
- 49% of the UK population report suffering from hay fever symptoms
- 41% of adults reported that visiting local green and natural spaces has been important to their mental health
Summer Health Factsheet
Don’t let summer health risks spoil your fun. Discover tips to stay safe in warm weather, from preventing sun related illnesses, helping with allergies, vision care and food safety with our Summer Health factsheet.
World Food Safety Day
Monday 7 June is World Food Safety Day. Picnics, barbecues and eating outdoors are just some of the perks of warmer weather but also increase the risk of food poisoning. Our factsheet helps with hints and tips for food safety – keep your eyes out for more information next Monday.
Diabetes One Million Step Challenge 2021
This summer, take one million steps between July and September, to support Diabetes UK.
Walking is the most under-rated form of exercise. An excellent low impact all-rounder that boosts physical and mental health.
Steps to get fit. Steps to lose weight. Steps for your own body, and steps to raise funds that will change the lives of people affected by diabetes. Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are taking part.
A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.