Entries by Ben Hardicre

How Golf England is helping people combat stress

Golf England has launched the ‘Switch Off with Golf’ campaign for Stress Awareness Month, to highlight the mental health benefits of putting down your phone and getting involved with outdoor exercise such as golf. Professor Greg Whyte OBE, one of the ambassadors has identified a strong correlation between the amount of time adults dedicate to […]

Stress Awareness Month: 10 Tips To Reduce Stress

April is Stress Awareness Month, which aims to increase public awareness about the causes and the cures for the modern stress epidemic we’re going through. According to the Mental Health Foundation, 74% of UK adults have felt so stressed at some point over the last 12 months that they have felt overwhelmed or unable to […]

What exercises are best for your wellbeing?

This week is National Workouts and Wellbeing Week. In association with the charity Mind, it aims to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing through exercise and mindfulness. There is strong evidence to show that there is a link between being physically active and good mental wellbeing. Regular exercise encourages neurogenesis, which is the growth […]

Can what you eat affect your happiness?

We all know that we should have healthy and balanced diets, but are you aware that the foods you eat day to day are affecting your overall mood and mental health? Some studies have compared ‘traditional’ diets, such as the Mediterranean and Japanese diets to a typical ‘Western’ diet. It has shown that the risk […]

High blood pressure drugs to be offered to thousands more

New guidelines on diagnosing high blood pressure could mean that thousands more people benefit from treatment in England and Wales. It is thought that offering blood-pressure-lowering drugs to more people with stage-1 hypertension would help to cut heart attacks and strokes. 450,000 men and 270,000 women could qualify for the drug. Some GPs have already […]

NHS look to rebrand ‘smear test’ in new campaign

The government has launched its first cervical screening advertising campaign in England, as the number of women having checks has hit a 20-year low. Public Health England’s campaign has decided to avoid the term “smear test” amid concerns that it may be putting people off. Last year just 71% of women aged 25 to 64 […]

Do you know your cholesterol numbers?

People are being encouraged to know their cholesterol and blood pressure numbers as well as they know their bank PIN code. These numbers flag up early signs of cardiovascular disease which can lead to heart attacks and strokes. Poor heart and artery health can also lead to heart failure, kidney disease, arterial disease and vascular […]

Scan younger women at risk of breast cancer, charity says

Younger women with a family history of breast cancer should receive annual screenings to pick up the disease earlier, a charity says. Breast Cancer Now funded a study which found cancers were detected sooner when 35 to 39-year-olds at risk had annual mammograms. Women are currently eligible for a scan due to their family history […]

Macmillan launch talking about cancer campaign

Macmillan Cancer Charity have launched a powerful campaign to make people aware of how they can talk about cancer and the people who are going through it. According to a new survey, for some people with the illness, many terms used to describe people with cancer are inappropriate rather than uplifting. A UK poll by […]

NHS add more social prescribers to ease pressure on GPs

The number of workers trained to prescribe social activities, like exercise groups and art classes, to GP patients who don’t need pills, is set to rise under NHS England plans. The aim is that ‘link workers’ will support GPs and reduce their workload. A link worker’s role is to help patients find suitable community activities […]