This year 15 million people will suffer a stroke, 5.5 million will die worldwide. 1,000 of these are in the UK alone. Making it the 4th largest cause of death in England and Wales. The Act FAST Campaign emphasises the importance of recognising any of the signs, to act quickly and to call 999 immediately in order to save lives and to potentially limit any long term effects. The FAST (Face, Arms, Speech, Time) acronym is a simple way to help people identify the most common signs of a stroke and what to look out for in themselves and in others. Face – has their face fallen on one side? Ask them to smile. Arms – can they raise both arms and keep them there? Speech – is their speech slurred? Ask
We have all felt fed up, sad and miserable. But what happens when these feelings don’t go away for weeks or months on end? What happens when these feelings- Start to interfere with our lives? Start to impact on the way we do things? Stops us enjoying the things we usually enjoy? Starts interfering with the decisions we make? Impact on our ability to carry out even the simplest of everyday tasks such as eating, washing or even just getting out of bed? Sometimes there’s a reason for feeling like this (a trigger) and other times there’s not - and you just can’t explain why you feel like you do. You may not even realise you are depressed; struggling to talk yourself out of feeling down, frustrat
Kindness is contagious! Your kindness will spread far beyond the first person who experiences it.
It can also make you healthier, releasing a chemical that can help lower blood pressure and your heart rate. Putting a new meaning to the phase 'warming your heart'. Being kind may alter your thoughts, improve your mood and put a positive spin on your attitude, which can help reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. Acts of kindness are not often planned, many are spontaneous. It takes little effort to engage in a kind act, you just have to be open to the moment. Holding the door open, letting someone jump ahead at the checkout, even just a simple smile can turn someone's day around. Who would
In October every year, millions of children from around the world take part in the walk to school challenge. Not only does it encourage health and fitness, it also improves concentration, social skills and can help children to feel calmer, happier and focused in school. It has the added benefit of heightening awareness of traffic and road safety too. It's no surprise then that this annual event is enjoyed by over 40 countries across the globe. With walking being one of the cheapest, easiest and most effective forms of exercise, ditch that car and get laced up for International Walk to School Day. How will you be getting to school today?