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How can you improve your health?


Have your say on health plan for Nottingham

You still have time to give your views as plans are finalised to help improve quality of life for people in Nottingham.

Work has been under way for several months on the citys Health and Wellbeing Board strategy for 2016 to 2020. This document sets out agreed targets and priorities to make people happier and healthier, and reduce health inequalities.

A series of consultations have taken place with the public and partners to find out what is important to people in terms of their health and happiness.

Based on the results of that, a draft strategy has been produced and, once again, the views of the public are being sought to see if those priorities are right.

Anyone wishing to take part should more information is available about the Health and Wellbeing Strategy and a link through to the survey. Consultation will be open until the end of June.

This Girl Can

Girls show what good sports they are

More than 100 school girls got active during a This Girl Can Festival.

The event saw 120 year six girls from 12 city primary schools taking part in sport and games.The festival was all about fun and enjoyment, and encouraged all the girls tohave a go regardless of their shape, size or ability.

Pupils at the festival, held on 23June, took part in an opening ceremony, mass warm-up, coaching and games run by secondary girls from three city schools. Some of the sports included dodgeball, urban hockey and handball, plus there was a big closing ceremony at the end of the day. Each girl went home with a participation certificate for their efforts.

It washeld at Nottingham Trent University's Lee Westwood Sports Centre, and was run in partnership between the City Councils SOLAR (Sport, Outdoor Learning, Life Skills, Adventure and Risk Management) team, The Nottingham Emmanuel School, The Trinity School and The Nottingham Girls School.

More on the This Girl Can event here

Change 4 Life

Keep kids active this summer

Ahead of the school holidays, parents are being reminded of eight top tips to keep their children healthy and happy.

The Department of Healths Change 4 Life programme seeks to improve diet and encourage more physical activity. The tips are:

  1. Sugar swaps switch sugary snacks and drinks for ones that are lower in sugar
  2. Meal time try to organise the day around three regular meal times
  3. Me-size meals give portions that matches a childs size and not the same as an adult
  4. Snack check keep an eye on how many and remember that it can be kinder to say no
  5. 5-a-day its easier than you think to give children five daily portions of fruit and vegetables
  6. Cut back fat Make crisps, buns, cakes and biscuits an occasional treat only
  7. 10-minutes exercise bursts children need an hour a day of activity but you can break this up
  8. Get going everyday encourage them to burn off energy through play and limit access to TV and computer games

More on the Change 4 Life programme can be found here

Smokefree Summer

Family days out are Smokefree in Nottingham

Nottinghams Smokefree Summer 2016 is well under way with smokers having already been asked not to light up at three family events and Splendour, the Beach and Riverside are next up.

The programme, designed to reduce the number of people in the city who smoke and take smoking out of the sight of children, kicked off with the 1940s Knees-Up at Nottingham Castle, and was followed by the Wheee! Childrens Festiva, at Lakeside Arts Centre, and, most recently, Armed Forces Weekend at Wollaton Park.

Smokefree Summer followed the success of last years Beach, in Old Market Square, where visitors were asked not to smoke and a survey carried out at the time showed overwhelming support for more similar events in the future.

It supports the work of Nottingham Health and Wellbeing Boards Tobacco Control Strategy, which was launched in January and aims to cut smoking prevalence in the city. This is well above the national average. The strategy can be viewed here.


Dont let food poisoning ruin your barbecue

Theres nothing better than having friends and family over on a hot summers afternoon and lighting the barbecue.

Its one of things many people enjoy most about the arrival of the warmer weather, but it also creates an extra 120,000 cases of food poising between July and August. There are around a million cases in the UK each year.

To make sure that you dont fall victim and your barbecue is remembered for all the right reasons, follow this simple advice:

  • Ensure meat is cooked through thoroughly prior to serving
  • Charred meat doesnt mean cooked
  • Ensure the juices of the meat run clear and in the case of chicken and pork are not pink
  • Disposable barbecues can take longer to cook food
  • Always wash hands prior to preparing food
  • Ensure hands are washed after touching raw meat and raw unwashed vegetables
  • Keep chopping boards for raw meat separate from vegetable and salad chopping boards
  • Keep knives for cutting meat separate to vegetable chopping knives

Read more about barbecue food safety here

Safe sleep

Safe sleeping over the summer holidays

Public health experts are reminding parents and grandparents to remember the importance of safe sleeping for babies during the forthcoming summer holidays.

Risks increase significantly at this time of year as families spend longer periods of time away from home and routines change.

Babies, both newborns and older infants, need lots of sleep during their first few months and its important to ensure that theyre sleeping safely at all times. This includes overnight and shorter, daytime naps.

Click here for more information about safe sleep for babies

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