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Kindness at work: not always a piece of cake

We’ve just had Valentine’s Day and today (17th February) it’s Random Act of Kindness Day (or Random Act of Kindness Week, depending on the website you look at). Whether you’re a cynic or a softie, these events bring the glow of love and kindness to a gloomy month when coronavirus, flooding and tragedy pervade the news

But kindness isn’t just for February and it’s not just for loved ones; it’s valuable for society and our health, including at work.  Research shows that people who perform acts of kindness are more satisfied with their lives (1), happier (2, 3), and have higher peer acceptance and well-being (4). So, with workplaces increasingly focused on health and well-being, kindness definitely has a role. 

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The power of prevention – stacking the odds in favour of a longer disease-free life

What would you give for an extra ten years of healthy life? A recent BMJ study showed that sticking to just five healthy habits in middle age – not smoking, regularly exercising, eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy body weight, and limiting alcohol – can earn you an extra ten years of disease free life. This is especially significant given that we are all living longer – but often that longer life is accompanied by one or more chronic health conditions.

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#RecipeForAFuture: a summary

Thank you to all SCPN friends who have shared tasty recipes with us during January and our #RecipesForAFuture campaign. In case you missed any here are all the tasty meat-free recipes we have shared during the campaign:

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Reflections on 31 days of a new decade – one drink at a time

Somewhere in a busy life, someone says ‘try something new’. The someone is me, telling myself ‘Slow down, look around at what you see and think hard about what the next decade could bring – do life differently’.

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Nut Roast with Veggie Sauce


  • 1 medium-sized onion
  • 2 tablespoons rapeseed/olive oil
  • 225 g mixed nuts, i.e. peanuts, walnuts, cashews
  • 100g Wholemeal bread
  • 300 mls Vegetable stock or water
  • 1 teaspoon dried mixed herbs or one teaspoonful chopped rosemary
  • I dessertspoon peanut butter
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Scottish Barley – Italian style


  • 220g pearl barley
  • 2-3 tbsp. rapeseed oil
  • 30g  breadcrumbs
  • 2 garlic cloves  crushed
  • 1/3 tsp. chilli flakes
  • 1   tbsp. parsley leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1-lemons, finely grate the zest, and 1 tbsp juice.
  • 1 litre chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp. thyme leaves, roughly chopped
  •  75ml dry white wine
  • 200g baby spinach
  • 50g grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp. pesto sauce
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Eat Smart, Eat Seasonal

Making healthy and sustainable food choices only really appeared on my radar over the last couple years. We all appreciate the virtues of balanced, healthy eating for disease prevention, but what about healthy sustainable eating? We care about the health of our body but do we really consider the health of planet Earth?

Being a nutritionist, I fully admit to shopping smartly for good nutrition but only recently have I changed my ways to be a little bit kinder to the environment. One main change I’ve made is making an effort to shop local and eat foods that are currently in season.

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Happy New Year!! … Welcome to a new decade and new thinking about old ways. 

Many of us will start the year planning new rules, new diets, new activity routines and dry Januarys. The SCPN has enjoyed promoting “healthy shelfie” in January asking followers to take a good look inside their fridge for healthy choices. At the start of this new decade we are focussing on something different, something that will be with us now and in all our futures.

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Papers of the Year 2019: A Review

Many thanks to all the friends of the SCPN who have given us such great suggestions for Paper of the Year.

Here’s an overview in case you missed any:

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