We live in a world where many people find it much easier to be kind to others than to themselves. And when it comes to health, it’s no different.
How often do you check your body? How often do you talk to others about general health concerns or worries? How often do you fully rest and relax?
This month, we want to remind you to be kind to your body and to look after number one. That’s YOU! It might feel like every day is Groundhog Day navigating through this challenging period, but we shouldn’t become complacent about how we look after ourselves. Check in with yourself each day and make yourself a priority.
Did you know?
- Heart disease is the number one cause of death for both men and women?
- Obesity is estimated to affect around 1 in every 4 adults and 1 in every 5 children?
- More than 3.9 million adults in the UK have been diagnosed with diabetes?
- Many of us are Vitamin D deficient which is known to cause seasonal affective disorder (SAD), sometimes known as ‘winter depression?’
- Blood and platelet donation appointments are still going ahead as normal during the coronavirus pandemic?
Find attached our Staying Healthy factsheet for advice, hints and tips on a healthy heart, blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and maintaining healthy levels of Vitamin D.
Awareness weeks in June
June is a busy month, it’s full of different awareness days/weeks – there is Diabetes Week (8-14 June), Men’s Health Week (15-21 June), World Blood Donor Day (14 June) as well as Bike Week (6-14 June).
Cycling has been a great solution to many challenges the UK faces, long before lockdown. Cycling can help air pollution, obesity, poor mental health and traffic congestion. Every year, Cycling UK aim to address these challenges by supporting Bike Week – a growing social movement, passionate about making it easier for more people to cycle. What an ideal time to get on your bike, if you have one. Challenge yourself and see how many days you can get on your bike during Bike Week 2020. Can you make it 7 in a row? Find out more, here.
Providing enough blood for hospitals and vulnerable patients is a challenge during the coronavirus pandemic. Although blood stock levels are currently good, why not register to be one of the thousands of people helping to save lives? Extra safety measures have been put in place around the country, to make donating even safer during the coronavirus pandemic. More details on how to be a blood donor, can be found here.