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Mental Health Awareness Week

It was Mental Health Awareness Week from 8-14 May 2017. The Mental Health Foundation have found that nearly two thirds of us have experienced mental ill health at some point in our lifetime and that just 13% of us are living with high levels of good mental health. Have a look at their animation of how you can move from Surviving to Thriving or have a go at doing their quiz to identify your good mental health score.

According to Time to Change 4.1 million people have improved attitudes towards mental health since the start of their campaign. We can all do something to change the way we think about Mental Health. Why not take a look at how you could get involved.

Dementia Awareness Week

It was Dementia Awareness Week from 15-21 May 2017. The Alzheimers Society is asking everyone across England, Wales and Northern Ireland to unite against dementia. Dementia is set to the 21st centurys biggest killer but awareness and understanding remains low and many families are facing it alone.

Were encouraging all of our employees to become a Dementia Friend. You can do this by watching an online video or by attending an information session. We also run information sessions in house so please contact workplacehealth@anglia.ac.uk if youre interesting in attending a session on campus.

  • Did you know that although sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day can increase your chances of dying prematurely an hours moderate physical activity each day offsets this. You don't need to make a special trip to the gym as a brisk walk or cycle is just as effective. Click here for further information.
  • Did you know that the government’s Fit for Work Service produce a weekly blog discussing work related health topics. 
  • Did you know that we should not be eating more than 7 teaspoons of processed sugar  a day?  Check how many cubes of sugar are in your commonly eaten foods by downloading the change4life smart sugar app.
  • Why not have a look at the BBC’s  get inspired, get moving campaign to see how you could become a bit more active or have a look at the Active Essex to see what’s going on closer to home.
  • According to a survey carried out by the British Association of Dermatologists to mark Sun Awareness Week 80% of us don’t apply adequate sunscreen before going out in the sun and then shortly afterwards.  The risk of developing Melanoma doubles in people with a history of sunburn compared to people who have never been sunburned.  Download their free UV App to get live UV ratings anywhere in the world and click here for some sun safety tips.
  • The government’s Fit for Work service have launched an Advice Hub to help with the tools to stay in and get back to work.
  • Provide have launched their new Essex Lifestyle Service. It's a free service and provides healthy lifestyle support for anyone aged 16 or over whose registered with a GP in Essex with the exception of Thurrock and Southend.
  • The British Heart Foundation have developed an easy to use 'heart age' online tool so you can assess your lifestyle and the effect it's having on your body and health. Click here for further details.
  • Did you know that if you exercise more you will live longer? According to a recent research project just 15 minutes a day can boost life expectancy by three years. Click here for further details.
  • Provide are running a free 3 week introductory programme across Mid Essex for anyone 18+ whose health would benefit from gently increasing their activity levels. Email Provide or phone 0800 0852113 for further details.

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Last updated 13/12/2017