Health Tips For Busy Parents

Many parents end up in a busy living situation they never expected, which is only natural when you have children. For the most part this is usually a great thing, but there are some risks involved when you end up spending almost all of your free time putting your kids first. It’s never a good idea to compromise on your own health, but lots of parents end up feeling that they have no choice but to do so.

Here are a few common ways that parents (especially those bringing up children on their own) could really benefit their own health.

Cut down on drinking

For a majority of people, consuming alcohol is a convenient method for managing stress on a short term basis, as well as being something that they enjoy during their limited downtime. Some guidelines allow adults to drink up to two standard alcoholic drinks on five days per week, although a common problem is knowing how much alcohol this actually refers to. Most people tend to over-estimate what counts as one drink (a typical wine glass technically holds up to three or four times as much as “one glass of wine” in scientific terms), so it’s easy to overdo it.

Of course, there are many health risks associated with excessive alcohol consumption and the long-term effects on stress levels are usually worse than the impact of giving up or cutting down.

Make time to eat healthily

Children can be more flexible with what they eat in some cases, but it’s expected that adults know better. Unfortunately, temptation makes everything more difficult, and parents tend to have a lot of this around in the form of sugary, fatty and otherwise unhealthy snacks. Maintaining a healthy diet for yourself is extremely important regardless of what your family eats, so look into time-saving snacks and recipes that won’t negatively impact your health or your schedule.

Relax to reduce stress

It can seem counter-intuitive to make time for yourself to relax and do nothing when the source of your stress is not having enough hours in the day. However, it’s highly recommended so that you can clear your head and maintain a healthy balance both physically and mentally. Not getting enough sleep is common for parents, especially those with young children, but this is a dangerous risk as it can negatively affect many aspects of your overall well-being.

Tired and stressed-out parents tend to rely more on sugar and caffeine to get through the day, which continues to have a knock-on effect. Weight gain and decreased mental stability are common side effects of this strategy, so try to improve your sleeping pattern if this sounds like something you’re experiencing.

The Benefits Of First Aid Training For Employees

For anyone working in any business, first aid could genuinely be a life saving skill when you least expect it. However, don’t make the mistake of thinking that random life-threatening situations are the only reason to go on a professional course to learn about emergency first aid.

There are many more benefits which could help you or employees in your workplace, and businesses should consider these. We have spoken to the experts at First Aid Training & Event Cover, who provide first aid training in Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool, to come up with this list which covers just a few of those benefits.

1) Cut down on accidents

Unnecessary accidents in the workplace can be dangerous, plus they cost time and money. Often, observing simple health and safety guidelines can eliminate risks and prevent these from ever happening. As such, someone trained to be responsible for enforcing these guidelines could be a valuable asset.

2) Prevent people from panicking

If people don’t know what to do, they will often freeze instead and do nothing. Worse still, they could panic and make mistakes. This wastes valuable time in an emergency and can even contribute to unnecessary deaths. Training on what techniques may be useful and when it is appropriate to use them can give people a lot more confidence about offering help.

3) Provide better emergency treatment

Of course, an obvious advantage which we already mentioned is that someone qualified to provide first aid in the case of an emergency or severe injury could literally save lives. It is important for managers and employers to do all they can to ensure the safety of their employees or colleagues, and first aid training from a professional expert could be an excellent step.

4) Help people outside of work

Your employees won’t forget everything they learn about health and safety when they leave work, as long as they have been taught proper techniques and procedures which can be applied to multiple situations. This means you are helping to protect them and others in their daily lives outside of the workplace.

5) Build better relationships

Training in itself can be a very beneficial experience when done as a group. This can help colleagues learn new ways of interacting and communicating more effectively. Since first aid is all about thinking quickly and acting responsibly, these qualities could be beneficial when applied to other areas of life and work.

6) Make good use of equipment and supplies

You may have first aid kits and other medical supplies on site, but nobody actually qualified to use them or even know when they are appropriate. This is highly inefficient and could lead to severe consequences in unforeseen circumstances. Proper training equips people to make use of the resources they have available.

Are New Cancer Treatments Coming Fast Enough?

The World Healthy Organization (WHO) recently stated on its website that approximately 8.8 million people die from cancer every year, according to up-to-date research. The announcement came on World Cancer Day (February 4th) and serves as a stark reminder of the seriousness of this disease, and the impact it is still having all over the world.

WHO also highlighted the fact that the majority of these deaths took place in relatively poorer countries, which is further proof that access to adequate healthcare goes a long way when it comes to the treatment of cancer. Early diagnosis is accepted as by far the most effective method for dealing with the disease and minimising the risk of it becoming terminal.

Most forms of cancer are treatable and curable in the early stages. Guidelines are provided by WHO for health providers around the world in an effort to improve cancer diagnosis rates at this critical stage and to help deliver the appropriate treatments. Taking action early dramatically improves life expectancy and is also less expensive in the long run, meaning more funds are available to help people with more severe and life-threatening forms of cancer.

Collectively, we are always making progress in this field and treatments are always becoming more advanced. At the moment, several potential breakthroughs are still on the horizon but not quite within reach, so it is difficult to predict what will happen to the worldwide mortality rate for cancer over the coming years and decades.

What we do know is that a number of new methods are currently being trialled. For example, immunotherapy has been an area that many leading researchers have been focusing on for some time. In 2016, genetically engineered white blood cells helped a number of patients recover from terminal leukaemia, having been given only weeks to live before the experimental treatment. However, some patients suffered severe side effects and there were two deaths as a result of the procedure, meaning a mainstream application of this concept is still not likely for some time.

 

Personal Training vs. Boot Camp – Which Is The Best Option?

Choosing a strategy and committing to it can sometimes be one of the hardest parts when you’re trying to get fitter. A common dilemma is choosing between sessions with a one-to-one personal trainer or taking an intensive course with a group of other people. There are advantages to each option, as well as a couple of drawbacks to consider. We spoke to the experts at Be Your Best Personal Training, one of the top fitness training providers in Cardiff, who have worked as personal trainers for Team GB, and compiled this list of tips to help you decide.

Why choose personal training?

If you’re new to the world of fitness, a one-to-one session will usually be a lot better than a group one. This will help you start at a sensible pace, instead of getting injured or overworking yourself before giving up.

If you have an existing health condition that impairs your working out, you should also opt for this method at first so you can get specially tailored help and guidance. An injury or disability can affect the exercises you can do safely, so you will benefit from expert help.

If you’re nervous about working out with other people and you feel intimidated by the prospect of a group session, you may be much more comfortable working with a trainer on your own.

If you have a hectic work and social life, it might be very difficult for you to keep up the commitment of a regular group session at a given time and place every week, let alone an extended visit to a boot camp. A personal fitness trainer will offer much more flexibility around your schedule.

Why choose boot camp?

If you’re struggling to stay motivated, sometimes being in a group can really help. You might prefer the atmosphere of being surrounded by like-minded people who can all help each other stay driven and focused. This gives you a good reason to show up regularly, plus the competition can motivate many people to do even better.

If you also want to share tips about healthy eating and other aspects of your lifestyle, attending a boot camp or group session is the ideal forum to do so. You’ll gain a lot more than just a fitness programme but talking to like-minded people.

If you want to get a more varied workout and try different sports or activities, you have a lot more options if you’re in a larger group. Turning it into a game will make you forget you’re even exercising at all, while personal training may feel too serious for you.

Clinical Skill Courses and Social Care Training in the UK

There are many different aspects involved if you’re looking to improve your own level of training and competence within the field of healthcare. Depending on your specialism, you will almost invariably be able to secure better jobs and open up new long term career paths if you put plenty of emphasis on self-development.

The fact is that things like clinical skill courses and social care training in the UK are absolutely essential for you to be considered for particular jobs. Within healthcare there are many regulations in place about employment, and with very good reason. It’s vital that care is only provided by individuals and teams who are fully qualified and certified in every aspect of what they do, so it’s understandable that there is no room for flexibility in most cases.

Your CV is extremely important, of course, if you’re looking to secure a particular role. There may be things missing from yours which could set you apart from rival candidates for the wrong reasons. Training in the relevant areas can help fill these gaps, and give employers confidence that you know exactly what you’re doing. The structure, format and unique approach of your CV will also be important. Make sure you remember to include relevant keywords that draw attention, set it out in a way that’s easy to skim quickly, and be persuasive with your writing in a way that reflects your passion for your field.

After all, it’s important not to get lost in the process of looking for better jobs within the sector. Training and experience you gain should be primarily because you want to offer a higher standard of care and because you enjoy your work. If you are getting qualifications for the sake of it, you’re unlikely to be benefiting from that training in the way that was intended by the provider. Never lose sight of why you went into the care sector in the first place, and this will help you excel at everything you do.

£20,000 Fine for Cafe Over Health and Safety Failures

Health and safety policies may be common sense to many business owners, but for those attempting to cut corners they’re sometimes seen as simply an inconvenience. Fortunately for the peace of mind of the general public, one cafe owner in Southend recently learned the hard way that breaking the law comes with consequences after being slapped with fines totalling over £20,000.

The Crown Cafe, situated on Southchurch Road, failed a routine inspection last August which was conducted by the local council. Environmental health professionals who attended the cafe reported that the kitchen had no facilities for employees to wash their hands while working, no documentation was provided to support safe handling of food, and the electricity supply was in a dangerous state of disrepair.

Following the initial visit, repeat visits were made twice in the subsequent month. Officials found that nothing had been done to rectify the problems, which represented a severe breach of health and safety laws. In a relatively unusual turn of events, action was then pursued by the council over the course of a year which eventually resulted in the cafe’s owner being found guilty of three offences in court. Continue reading£20,000 Fine for Cafe Over Health and Safety Failures

5 Ways To Support Someone With Dementia

With our ageing population and various other factors, dementia is affecting more and more people every year. Millions across the world are living with the disease and its effects, which can also really take an emotional toll on those tasked with caring for a loved one. World Alzheimer’s Day was set up to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s, which results in the vast majority of cases of dementia.

Although many sufferers and their families may find it painful the openly discusses the symptoms and the wider effects of the disease, shared experiences can help everyone to better understand and manage these. Here are just a few tips you may find helpful should you find yourself in the position of looking after a dementia sufferer.

Travelling

venice-1603272_640Making journeys can be one of the most stressful things for people with dementia, as it’s easy to lose awareness of where they are or where they’re going. If they can’t remember who they’re travelling with, this can be a scary experience. It’s important to make your journey as simple and familiar as possible.

Memory boxes

Try collecting items that your loved one has a strong personal connection with, such as old photographs, ornaments and other possessions that really remind them of their fondest memories. For people suffering with dementia, it’s common for long term memories  to last the longest even when short term memory starts to deteriorate, so it can be very reassuring for people to spend time looking through a box of all their most precious memories. Continue reading5 Ways To Support Someone With Dementia

New NHS Digital Healthcare Academy In The Works

As part of some major changes being brought into the National Health Service this year, the government has begun working on a new virtual learning facility which is aimed at expediting the process of recruiting highly trained healthcare staff. The new system is also intended to help modernise the NHS, which has been identified in an independent review as a matter of urgency.

Under the newly announced plans, up to £10 million will be spent on securing the support of 12 trusts. These organisations (expected to consist of UK universities) will be tasked with spearheading the initiative and providing the necessary infrastructure and knowledge for the new digital academy to work. These trusts will also be encouraged to network with other organisations in order to expand their knowledge bases even further and offer higher standards of training. The idea is that being involved with the new programme will be mutually beneficial for the institutions given the role of trusts and the virtual academy itself.

Later stages of the plans are less crystal clear, but another wave of 20 trusts will be brought in to further develop the system in exchange for up the £5 million in funding per trust. These financial incentives should, according to the government’s plans, lead to the development of a high-tech online facility for healthcare professionals to have easier access to better training in future. Continue readingNew NHS Digital Healthcare Academy In The Works