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Welsh people’s favourite junk food revealed

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Dump the Junk: World Cancer Research Fund launches campaign to reduce the risk of common cancers

Dump the Junk: World Cancer Research Fund launches campaign to reduce the risk of common cancers

A RECENT survey conducted as part of the World Cancer Research Fund’s ‘Dump the Junk’ campaign has revealed Wales’ favourite junk foods.

Chocolate has been listed as the overall winner of the battle of the junk foods, with 28% of survey participants voting in its favour.

A third of women picked the sugary snack as their ultimate guilty pleasure.

Top of the list for men was chips, with 23% naming the treat as their favourite type of junk food.

Coming a close joint second for the nation’s favourite junk food was burger and chips, which both managed to score 22% of the votes.

Similarly, it was revealed that 32% of Welsh people would find chocolate the hardest junk food to give up, closely followed by chips, which got 28% of the votes.

86% of Welsh people admitted to indulging in their naughty nibble of choice five times per week.

World Cancer Research Fund has launched its new campaign, Dump the Junk, to encourage people to give up one of their favourite junk food items to see a marked improvement in their overall health whilst raising money for cancer prevention.

Those taking part can ask friends and family to sponsor them, donate the money they save from cutting out their vice or they can pay a fine if they decide to cheat.

The campaign has been launched just in time for Cancer Prevention Week between Monday (May 9) and Sunday (May 15).

Evidence has uncovered that being overweight or obese can increase the risk of the 11 most common cancers, such as bowel and breast cancer.

Apart from being a non-smoker, being a healthy weight is the most important thing that a person can do to reduce their risk of getting cancer.

It is thought that approximately 25,000 cancer cases across the UK could easily be prevented if everyone was a healthy weight.

Sarah Toule, Head of Health Information at World Cancer Research Fund, said: “Many people don’t realise how much sugar, fat and salt can be found in a lot of the food they eat on a daily basis, and it’s not just the usual suspects.

“These ingredients are particularly bad for us and can lead to people becoming overweight or obese which increases the risk of cancer.

“Our survey showed over 90% of Welsh don’t think that an addiction to sugar is why it’s hard for them to give up their favourite sugary junk food.

“However, continuously eating sugary food and drinks will gradually lead to a dependency on sugar. So why not Dump the Junk and kick that habit this June?”

Cutting 100 calories from a daily diet, the equivalent of one and a half digestive biscuits, could cumulatively prevent an extra stone in body weight a year.

The World Cancer Research Fund has healthy recipes to try if people need some inspiration swapping some of their usual treats.

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Time given to develop Parc Natur Penglais

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New steps: At Parc Natur Penglais

VOLUNTEERS, including students, have given around 500 hours of their time to develop Parc Natur Penglais.

Along with support from Ceredigion County Council, the Group have built around 100 steps in 5 different places which has made the park a great place to walk, play and enjoy around a number of safe paths.

Councillor Mark Strong said: “Knowing that we have the support of the local community makes such a difference to peoples’ enthusiasm and having the grant from Aberystwyth Town Council, Cambrian News and Tesco made it possible. Volunteers can make a relatively small sum of money go long way.”

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​RSPCA aim for Christmas number one​

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'Stars' by Lucy Ellie​: Help it get to number one

M​USIC fans across Wales can help the RSPCA secure the Christmas number one slot, and provide vital support for animals in need across the country.

The animal welfare charity has thrown its hat into the ring to claim the festive chart accolade – as up-and-coming singer Lucy Ellie covers Simply Red’s hit song ​’​Stars​’​ in aid of the RSPCA.

‘Stars’ is the soundtrack to the charity’s ‘Kindness at Christmas’ video, which has already gone viral with over ​two million views online across a variety of platforms.

The tear-jerking video tells the story of Woody the Christmas toy pup who who is thrown out with the rubbish before being rescued and taken in for care by the RSPCA.

Proceeds from the single are being donated to the RSPCA to help in their work rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming thousands of animals every year.

RSPCA Cymru is again bracing itself for a busy festive period. In December 2016 and January 2017 alone, in Wales, 5,932 incidents were reported to the RSPCA – with 141 of these on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Lucy Ellie Cooper, who works at the charity, said: “This was a lovely opportunity for me to combine my two loves – animals and music.

“Outside of my job at the RSPCA I am a country music singer and songwriter, so when the chance came up to record such a fantastic and well-known song for the charity’s Christmas video, I jumped at it. I really hope people will take Woody’s story into their hearts and support the RSPCA this winter.”

You can help the RSPCA rescue, rehabilitate and re-home animals in desperate need of care, and support the charity’s ‘kindness’ campaign online

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Charity games raise over £2000

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Team Tesco: Raised over £2000 through three football games

NOT all heroes wear capes and Tesco Aberystwyth’s very own Community Champion, Natasha Worrall has proven this raising a staggering £2,096.27 for local and national charities.

Natasha, the brainchild behind the charity football events, came up with the idea first off by challenging Tesco’s neighbours, Marks and Spencer’s, to a football match, she quickly set her powers to work and contacted Aberystwyth Football club who were more than happy to help and allowed use of the pitch.

The Big Day arrived, there was a lot of tension and passion on the pitch that night, it was more than just about winning a match it was the status, the pride and most of all bringing people together to raise money for three great causes; Diabetes UK, British Heart Foundation and Mind. Hundreds of supporters braved the cold October evening to support the players and Tesco stole the show with a 7-1 victory and an amazing £607 was raised.

Natasha now had a taste of success under her cape and wanted to really get this event of the ground and challenged supermarket rivals, Morrisons to a match! The response for Tesco vs Morrisons was just what Natasha wanted and a November date was set.

Tesco now had experience in their boots and both teams had everything to play for. Victory once again went to Tesco who pipped Morrisons at the post and clawed back to a 5-4 victory raising a further £648.15 for Diabetes UK, British Heart Foundation and Clic Sargent.

In true football fashion Natasha wanted a hat trick but could Team Tesco achieve this? Last Sunday (Dec 3) seemed the perfect opportunity and the opponents who were up for the challenge came from Bronglais Hospital and their chosen charity Pila Pala, Llwyn yr Eos. What a match! And what great team to take victory, Hywel Dda 2 – Tesco – 0. A rematch could certainly be on the cards especially as they raised the biggest amount ever of £841.12.

Behind every success there is always great team and working with Natasha and the players a number of local heroes who helped, Ruth’s kitchen provided heroic meals for all the players for a £1 donation, Aberystwyth women’s Team loaned their footballs, the Referees, linesmen, stewards, security, first aiders and ball boys and girls who all donated their time free of charge.

Team Tesco are looking for more opponents to play and raise even more money for local charities, if you are interested please call into Tesco store and see Natasha.

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