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.
Domestic abuse victims in Wales to be given more time to report assaults
DOMESTIC abuse victims in Wales and England to be given more time to report assaults.
New measures targeted directly at keeping women and girls safer will be added to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill last week (Jan 4) the UK Government has announced.
Under the changes, victims of domestic abuse will be allowed more time to report incidents of common assault or battery against them. Currently, prosecutions must commence within six months of the offence.
Instead, this requirement will be moved to six months from the date the incident is formally reported to the police – with an overall time limit of two years from the offence to bring a prosecution.Domestic abuse is often reported late relative to other crimes; so this will ensure victims have enough time to seek justice and that perpetrators answer for their actions.
The UK Government says that today’s announcement builds on measures already in the Bill to better protect women such as ending the halfway release of offenders sentenced between four and seven years in prison for serious sexual offences – forcing them to spend two-thirds of their time in prison.
In December, the legislation was amended to make clear that a new legal duty requiring public bodies to work together to tackle serious violence can also include domestic abuse and sexual offences.
It means that these crimes should be taken as seriously as knife crime and homicide, with police, government, and health bodies required to collaborate locally, so that they can develop more holistic strategies to protect people from harm, including through early intervention.
Home Secretary, Priti Patel, said: “My commitment to making our homes, streets and communities safer for women and girls is clear.”
“Every department in government is working to address and tackle all issues relating to violence against women and girls.”
“The Government has a focussed strategy, dedicated to providing essential support for survivors, the prevention of crimes against women and girls and bringing perpetrators to justice with the full force of the law.”
“Our actions include the new Domestic Abuse Act, with important changes to our laws; a newly created national police lead responsible solely on violence against women and girls, and millions of pounds have been invested in direct safety measures through the Safer Streets Fund.”
“These are all important public confidence measures and changes to ensure the safety of women and girls in public spaces.”
The UK Government has also said that taking non-consensual photographs or video recordings of breastfeeding mothers will be made a specific offence punishable by up to two years in prison.
It covers situations where the motive is to obtain sexual gratification, or to cause humiliation, distress or alarm.
Similar legislation introduced by the UK Government in 2019 that criminalised “up skirting” has led to more than 30 prosecutions since it became law.
Vandalised church passes fundraising target
A FUNDRAISER to rebuild a vandalised church met its goal of £20k within three days.
Eglwys y Grog, which is situated near the cliffs at Mwnt. It is a well known landmark, and is a favourite among photographers.
Clive Davies, a local County Councillor, claims he is “totally blown away” with the donations.
He said the church was targeted on 2 December, and again on 20 December, in “a pointless saddening act.”
“There was nothing of value in the church and it was a senseless act. There was no money there, just a small little church,” he added.
“The church members were getting a lot of requests to donate money and they contacted me to do something coordinated online so I set up a JustGiving page for them.
“It’s been a global response really, three thousand pounds came in overnight. There were messages of support from America, and there was a couple from Australia as well,
“There are a lot of good people out there and it is an amazing start to 2022 for us.”
When the campaign was launched on January 1st, a £20,000 goal was set.
The inside of the church, as well as the leaded church windows and gated entrance, were all damaged.
Mr Davies, who is also a local councillor, claims to have long-standing family ties to the church, which includes plaques honouring his great-grandparents on either side of the altar.
“The local community has been amazing, supporting it and the power of social media made in tenfold,” he said.
“It was like a snowball effect really, local businesses have offered not only financial support but will be part of the restoration work needed now.”
“I’ll be meeting with the church members and the vicar and we’ll start discussing what needs doing, but also we’re going to have to look at safety for the future and what could we do in terms of security,” he added.
He stated that it was critical for the church to remain open while staying safe.
£250 boost to all Ceredigion food banks
PLAID CYMRU Councillors from Ceredigion will donate £250 to each food bank in the county to alleviate pressures over the Christmas period.
The issue of food banks continues on a daily basis in most towns in Wales due to lack of funds and benefits being cut.
Individuals and families are forced to use food banks to make sure they have food for their children and families.
A spokesperson for the Councillors said: “Ceredigion County Council’s Plaid Cymru Group of Councilors is delighted to announce their decision again this year to donate £250.00 each to every food bank in Ceredigion.
“Food banks in Aberystwyth, Cardigan, Aberaeron, Llandysul, Lampeter will benefit from this over Christmas.
“Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”
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