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Shock report: Over two thirds of Britons don’t know what their BMI is

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A RECENT study by digital pharmacy www.medino.com looks at how aware the British public are of their physical health and wellbeing, with the findings showing that less than a third of Britons know what their BMI is (29% of respondents). The digital pharmacy conducted a study to over 2,200 UK adults, with the aim of uncovering how aware we are of our physical health. 

Following the ‘Know Your Numbers’ awareness week from Blood Pressure UK in September – where everyone in the nation was encouraged to check their blood pressure – the team at the digital pharmacy wanted to uncover what else, other than blood pressure, we should be monitoring on a regular basis. 

When the study asked the public what personal health information they know, results uncovered that: 

·        78% (of respondents) know their weight

·        52% know their blood pressure 

·        36% know their blood type

·        29% know their BMI

·        12% know their fasting glucose levels 

Although only 29% say that they know their BMI, 62% of those say that they do check it at least once a year, in order to make sure that they’re looking after themselves.

Furthermore, when asked whether they’d visited their GP or doctors’ surgery for an NHS Health Check, 61% of over 50-year-olds said that they attend a health check at least once a year. 

With just over half of respondents saying that they know their blood pressure, as many as one in five of those (22%) said that they own a blood pressure monitor so that they can keep an eye on the numbers. Two in five (38%) said that they get their blood pressure checked on a regular basis, while 72% get checked when they go for regular GP appointments. 

Giulia Guerrini, the lead pharmacist at digital pharmacy www.medino.com comments on the findings: 

“It’s quite shocking to see that although 78% of UK residents know their weight, less than a third know their BMI, resulting in a lack of understanding about healthy lifestyles and the impact of high or low weight on the body. 

“However, it is positive to see that over half of the nation are aware of their blood pressure, with so many proactively checking on it, even while at home.”

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New plan to keep Wales open and safe during “challenging” winter ahead

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The First Minister, Mark Drakeford, will today (Friday October 8) publish new plans to help keep Wales open and safe during the difficult autumn and winter months ahead.

The Welsh Government is publishing an updated Coronavirus Control Plan, which outlines the key actions, which could be put in place to control the spread of the virus.

Wales will remain at alert level zero for the next three weeks, following the latest review of the coronavirus regulations. This means all businesses are open and Wales has the lowest level of restrictions.

Speaking ahead of his press conference, First Minister Mark Drakeford said:

“We are facing a challenging winter ahead – coronavirus hasn’t gone away and flu is forecast to return this winter.

“Vaccination is the best defence we have against coronavirus – the more people who are fully vaccinated, the better our chances of controlling the spread of this awful virus.

“We will continue to focus our efforts on increasing take up of the Covid-19 vaccine across the age and priority groups and rolling out the booster vaccine too. We also encourage everyone who is eligible, to have their flu jab this year.

“There is also a range of other measures we can all take to help protect ourselves and our loved ones, such as washing our hands, reducing the number of people we meet and wearing a face covering in indoor public places.

“These measures have helped keep us safe throughout the pandemic and they will also help to protect us from other winter viruses, such as flu and other respiratory infections.”

The latest version of the Coronavirus Control Plan sets out two planning scenarios for the pandemic over the winter – in the first, called Covid Stable, Wales remains at alert level zero through the autumn and winter, with all businesses able to open.

This is thought to be the most likely scenario for the future, as we become used to living with coronavirus and we gradually move out of the pandemic to a position where the virus becomes a seasonal illness.

Under this scenario, if case rates fall, measures could be relaxed further in response, and if they rise, some existing measures could be strengthened to protect people’s health.

The second planning scenario, called Covid Urgent, is designed to deal with any sudden changes to the situation, caused by the emergence of a new, fast-spreading variant or if vaccine immunity levels fall, causing a rise in pandemic pressures, which risk overwhelming the NHS.

In such a scenario, the alert level system and restrictions would be used proportionately, but as a last-resort means, to protect people’s health, control the spread of infections and to protect the NHS.

Help keep Wales safe:

• Get your Covid-19 vaccines, including your booster when invited

• Get tested and self-isolate if you have symptoms

• Outdoors is safer than indoors

• Keep your distance when you can

• Wash your hands regularly

• Wear a face covering in indoor public places

• Keep indoor places well-ventilated

• Work from home whenever possible

• Use a Covid Pass in nightclubs and large events.

Commenting on the First Minister’s announcement Welsh Conservative Shadow Health Minister Russell George MS said:

“Like the First Minister acknowledged, vaccinations have proven to be the key that unlocked society and the economy after severely weakening the link between infection and hospitalisation. To those who have yet to be vaccinated, we urge them to do so and those eligible to get a booster jab.

“However, while we remain at Level 0, new restrictions are coming in as the coercive, ineffective, and anti-business Covid passports will limit our freedoms, fail to limit the spread of coronavirus according to the Welsh Government’s own scientists, and add additional burdens on already stretched businesses.

“There has been a poor communication campaign from the Welsh Government on their introduction, little justification of their effectiveness, a failure to address confusion and fix bugs, and no explanation on how they will police the alternative Covid test system so open to abuse.

“We have passed the peak of infections without further restrictions and passports will do little to stem the problems that has led to the worst-ever A&E waiting times, longest ever NHS treatment backlog, and second slowest ambulance response times built up under Labour mismanagement.

“So instead of further restrictions, we need Labour ministers to bring forward a proper winter pressures plan that introduces the Covid treatment hubs for which Welsh Conservatives have long called for and reverse their damaging decision to bring in Covid passports.”

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Hwyl ar y beics i blant bach

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Mae tîm Actif wedi ymweld â'r feithrinfa i gynnig cefnogaeth

Mae plant bach meithrinfa yn Llanarthne yn dangos nad ydych chi byth yn rhy ifanc i reidio beic!

Mae plant cyn-ysgol Cwtsh y Clos wedi cael eu hysbrydoli gan Daith Prydain 2021 pan fu rhai o feicwyr gorau’r byd yn rasio drwy’r pentref.

Mae tîm Chwaraeon a Hamdden Actif y cyngor yn gweithio’n agos gyda lleoliadau cymunedol fel Cylchoedd Meithrin a chanolfannau teulu i ddarparu hyfforddiant a chymorth parhaus i staff i sicrhau bod plant yn cymryd rhan mewn gweithgarwch corfforol o oedran cynnar.

Mae beiciau ‘Toddlebikes’ ar gael mewn Cylchoedd Meithrin i blant eu defnyddio yn ystod ‘chwarae rhydd’ a hefyd sesiwn hwyliog strwythuredig lle byddant yn dysgu’r camau cyntaf tuag at reidio beic yn annibynnol.

Dywedodd y Cynghorydd Peter Hughes Griffiths, yr Aelod Cabinet dros Ddiwylliant, Chwaraeon a Thwristiaeth: 

“Mae Toddlebikes yn ffordd wych o annog plant i ddechrau dysgu reidio beic. Ar ôl i blant allu cerdded yn annibynnol, gallant ddechrau chwarae gyda Toddlebikes.

“Mae’n wych gweld plant Cwtsh y Clos yn egnïol ac yn mwynhau eu hunain, pwy a ŵyr efallai bod Geraint Thomas y dyfodol yn eu plith!”

Mae tîm Actif wedi ymweld â’r feithrinfa i gynnig cefnogaeth ac i gyflwyno sesiynau Amser Stori Actif i’r plant gyda’r nod o ddod â straeon yn fyw drwy hwyl a gemau.

Ceir rhagor o wybodaeth am sut y mae’r cyngor yn helpu plant a phobl ifanc i fod yn fwy egnïol a chymryd rhan ar y wefan actif.cymru 

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Toddlers’ wheely-good fun getting active

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The Actif team have visited the nursery to offer support

LITTLE ones at a Llanarthne nursery are proving that you are never too young to ride a bike!

Pre-school children at Cwtsh Y Clos have been inspired by the 2021 Tour of Britain which saw some of the world’s top cyclists racing through the village.

The council’s Actif Sports & Leisure team work closely with community settings such as Cylch Meithrins and family centres to providing training and ongoing support to staff to ensure that children from an early age engage in physical activity.

Toddlebikes are available in Cylch Meithrins for children to access during free play and also a structured fun session where they will learn the first steps towards independent riding.

Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Tourism Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths said: 

“Toddlebikes are a great way to encourage children to start learning to ride a bike. Once children are able to walk independently, they can start playing with Toddlebikes.

“Its great to see the children at Cwtsh Y Clos being active and enjoying themselves, who knows we may have a future Geraint Thomas among them!”

The Actif team have visited the nursery to offer support and to deliver Actif Story Time sessions for the children which aims to bring stories alive through fun and games.

More information on how the council is helping children and young people to become more active and how to get involved is available on the website actif.wales

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