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White Ribbon Day Friday, 25 November.

On White Ribbon Day Friday 25 November, and the 16 days to end violence against women that follow, we are asking people in their communities, organisations and workplaces, to come together, and say ‘no’ to violence against women. This year, White Ribbon Day, 25th November, falls on the same week as the start of the FIFA men’s World Cup. There has never been a better time for us to come together and start playing as a team to end violence against women and girls.

Because of thousands of people like you, we are able to get the message out that men’s violence against women and girls must end. And that all men can make a difference.#TheGoal. is White Ribbon Day’s leading message this year. It was developed for us in March 2021 when the murder of Sarah Everard brought women’s experience of men’s violence to the forefront of everyone’s minds. It also opened up so many conversations about men taking action and making a stand.

All men can join the team to end violence against women and girls – that’s #TheGoal. Whether you’re a football fan or not, let’s work together to achieve gender equality. White Ribbon Day 2022 highlights 11 traits men and boys can nurture to help create a world of equality and safety for women.

Support White Ribbon Day and make a difference towards ending violence against women and girls. Plan now to mark White Ribbon Day in your workplace, school, sports club, local pub and bars, and communities. There are ideas and resources free online. White Ribbons and lots more can be bought in the online shop here.

Together we can unite on White Ribbon Day, 25th November, to work towards ending violence against women and girls and achieve #TheGoal.

Please help them reach as many individuals, workplaces, communities and schools as you can. For lots more information and details about White Ribbon Day head to their website.

Source: White Ribbon

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It’s hard enough to keep fit or even do a workout when in chronic pain and during the winter months it can literally just go out the window. We all know that walking is one of the best things we can do even if it’s only a short walk but during the cold and wet days it sometimes makes it impossible to even do this.

With that in mind, I scoured the internet to find the simplest of workouts you could do indoors without too much effort to keep you feeling fitter and your muscles in good order.

Gentle stretching is a great way for anyone to increase their flexibility and mobility. They suggest that you stretch for at least ten minutes twice per week to stay limber. If doing floor exercises is too hard on their joints, they can perform seated stretches like side bends and knee raises on a chair or stool. 

The website Prevention has 15 deep stretches to ease everyday aches and pains, with images that are easy to understand. These simple moves can be done almost anywhere with minimal equipment. If you struggle to do an on the floor then you could try doing them on your bed.

Failing that the British Heart Foundation has some easy chair exercises. Whether you’re a wheelchair user or just spend a lot of time sitting down, the right moves will let you warm up and build strength at the same time. Gradually increase the duration and frequency as you feel more comfortable.

Don’t forget that doing household chores around the house is a great way to stay active during the winter. You can burn up to 200 calories hoovering the house if you can manage it and as many as 300 calories making the bed in the morning for 30 minutes. When I read this I realised why I needed my husband to help with the hoovering and why I felt so exhausted after making our bed !!!!! Because housework is an aerobic activity that gets the heart pumping, doing it for a few hours every day can help keep you healthy.

Yoga is becoming accepted as a great workout. It can help with mobility, relaxation and reduce aches and pains, maintain muscle strength, and improves general strength and fitness. Age Space have a link to five simple poses for older beginners to try, suggested by The Chopra Centre. The NHS also has a website an-all-ability level video class of Vinyasa yoga here.

Other forms of indoor exercises include lifting light weights and performing bodyweight exercises like squats and wall push-ups which can also improve bone health, increase mobility, and even prevent cognitive decline, but I think this is something quite hard for people in chronic pain to try and if well enough should really try it under supervision in a gym environment first.

As I always say, please please speak to your Doctor first before trying any form of new exercise even the chair workouts. If they give you the all clear to give them a go then check out the links I posted on this post.

Source: Prevention The British Heart Foundation Age Space NHS

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World Diabetes Day 14th November 2022.

World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by IDF and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes.

It is estimated that more than 415 million adults worldwide have diabetes, and this number is expected to increase to around 642 million – or one in 10 adults – by 2040.

It is estimated that half of people with diabetes are undiagnosed.

One in two adults with diabetes is undiagnosed. Many people live with type 2 diabetes for a long period of time without being aware of their condition. By the time of diagnosis, diabetes complications may already be present. Up to 70% of type 2 diabetes cases can be prevented or delayed by adopting healthier lifestyles, which is the equivalent of up to 160 million new cases by 2040.

Will you help us #RewriteTheStory?

Being diagnosed early is so important for all types of diabetes. It can save lives, prevent a medical emergencies, and reduce the risk of life-changing complications later. That’s why we want to make sure everyone knows the signs to look out for – and knows their risk of developing type 2

But they need your help. 

Someone is diagnosed with diabetes every two minutes. Together, we have the power to #RewriteTheStory for everyone who will be diagnosed in the future – it could even be the story of someone you love. 

Find out more about World Diabetes Day here.

Share the 4Ts of type 1 diabetes

If type 1 diabetes is left undiagnosed, it can make you really ill, really quickly. Knowing the signs could avoid a medical emergency and save lives. Find out more about our 4Ts campaign and help us spread the word of common symptoms of type 1 diabetes.

Paint your nails to raise awareness

Take on our #NailingDiabetes challenge and paint your nails blue on 14 November to raise awareness – and show others living with diabetes they’re not alone. Find out more about how you can get involved, and where to find your blue nail varnish!

Know your risk of type 2 diabetes

Together with Tesco, we want to inspire as many people as possible to find out their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Will you help us spread the word and encourage your loved ones to find out their risk? It could help change a life.

For lots more details on Diabetes and World Diabetes Day head down to the Diabetes Org website here

Source : Diabetes Org