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Man to Man : on weight loss

Most of us aren’t carrying excess weight through choice – but in the modern world of 24/7 food availability, oversized portions and an abundance of tasty, cheap treats, it’s become normal. Lots of us don’t really know what to do and how to go about it, yet with the right support and motivation men can, and do lose weight. Though us guys are less likely to diet than women, there’s good evidence to suggest that when we do set our minds to it, we’re more successful!

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Here comes summer…with a warning!

It’s cold outside just now. But the days are getting longer and lighter. Thoughts will be turning to the joys of outdoor activities including (possibly unhealthy and alcoholic) barbeques and sun bathing. Also at this time of year, many book their summer holidays in warmer climes, looking forward to rest and relaxation in the sun. Maybe some lucky ones are going abroad for Easter. Continue reading “Here comes summer…with a warning!”

In a world where you can be anything …. Be kind

Commercial marketing has sold us that warm glow of pleasure associated with beautiful boxes of chocolates, magnificent bubbly and exciting biscuit assortments. Now we can show our appreciation, our respect and our love in all sort of calorific ways and reflect later on whether it matters.

It matters.

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GLOBOCAN Report – with global cancer incidence projections continuing to rise, the time to act is now!

In Scotland cancer incidence is projected to increase by 33.5% rising from 153,000 cases in 2008-12 to over 204,000 cases in the years 2023-27.  While much of this increase is attributed to an ageing population it is imperative that we too recognise the significant, and very real, impact of lifestyles on these increasing figures. The evidence has shown that more than 30% of cancer diagnoses could be avoided by lifestyle change. Continue reading “GLOBOCAN Report – with global cancer incidence projections continuing to rise, the time to act is now!”

The enduring power of the stereotypical idea of the alcoholic.

Jim McCambridge, Professor of Addictive Behaviours and Public Health, University of York asks us (in a very timely manner) to stop and think about problem drinking. Continue reading “The enduring power of the stereotypical idea of the alcoholic.”

Open your fridge- the rough guide to healthy eating (and drinking) and your #healthyshelfie

There is no doubt that if you really want a quick check on the diet of a household just open the fridge door and look inside …. Continue reading “Open your fridge- the rough guide to healthy eating (and drinking) and your #healthyshelfie”

Keeping the workplace healthy in 2019: could we start a conversation about office cake?

By Lou Walker

Lou Walker is a workplace health and wellbeing consultant. She conducted the office cake research as part of her MSc in Obesity & Weight Management at the University of Chester. The research is currently under peer review but a summary report is available for free download from www.louwalker.com.

January is a great time to embrace healthy new eating habits and after Christmas indulgence, motivation is often high. Hooray! It’s going to be great!

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GoSober for October… and beyond

I was so pleased to be reminded that October (like DryJanuary) means we can legitimately say that we are not drinking and it is “acceptable”. No teasing, no tempting, no tasting offered.

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#SitLessMoveMore

Are you sitting standing comfortably? Then we can begin…

A basic definition of sedentary behaviour is any waking activity performed while sitting or reclining which involves no noticeable effort. This means your heart and breathing rates are not raised above a resting level. There is a body of research to suggest that sedentary behaviour increases the risk of cancer-the World Cancer Research Fund report states that long periods of uninterrupted sitting increases the risk of weight gain, and so cancer risk. They argue that sedentary behaviour may contribute to a cellular micro-environment that’s conducive to cancer development. Continue reading “#SitLessMoveMore”

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