Health

New Defibrillators in Halifax

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Whilst the website that shows the locations of AEDs (http://www.heartsafe.org.uk/AED-Locations) isn’t quite up-to-date, Halifax BID have recently installed defibrillators in the Woolshops by Marks and Spencers and outside Harveys.

An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

SCA is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. When this happens, blood stops flowing to the brain and other vital organs.

SCA usually causes death if it’s not treated within minutes. In fact, each minute of SCA leads to a 10 percent reduction in survival. Using an AED on a person who is having SCA may save the person’s life.

 

Line Dancing and More with SOFA!

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Have you got an inner John Wayne or Calamity Jane? SOFA runs Line Dancing sessions in St. Anne’s church hall on Thursdays, 2:30pm-3:30pm. You don’t need a partner and the first 2 sessions are FREE.

SOFA‘s  aim is to offer people primarily in the 50 plus age group within the community of Southowram and surrounding areas, a range of fun activities to help promote their health and well-being.

Sessions cost £3 which is payable on the day – so you only need pay for the sessions you attend.

If you’re not sure whether an activity is for you, come along and give it a try, or just sit and watch.  The first two weeks ‘taster’ sessions are free!  (Please note that this concession does not apply to those sessions which are planned to run for a limited number of weeks.)

Worried about coming on your own?  Call 01422 346204 to arrange to meet someone when you arrive, or just to find out more.

Membership is currently £5 a year.

We’re all about keeping active, having fun and making friends!

Find out more….www.southowram50.btck.co.uk

Stress Awareness Month: Take Care Of Your Mental Health

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Stress. It’s a common part of life but can often leave us feeling upset, burnt out and overloaded. In a fast-paced modern world with many responsibilities it can be easy to forget to look after ourselves properly and fall prone to the effects of stress.

Stress can affect you both physically and mentally from health complaints like chronic headaches to putting a strain on your relationships with others. Whilst stress can impact your life significantly if left unchecked, there are a range of long and short-term steps you can put in place to help look after your mental health.

How much is too much? Take the quiz on the Anxiety UK website to see if you are exhibiting any of the common symptoms of stress.

If you are feeling stressed or anxious, there are also ways on the website to Get Help.

Stress Awareness Month takes place every April and has since it first launched in 1992. Throughout this period of time, teams of experts aim to increase public awareness about stress. This includes highlighting the causes of stress, the negative effects stress can have on the mind and body, and how to relieve stress.

Take 5 to Prevent Financial Fraud

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We all know about financial fraud and scams – or do we?

Think again. Most people think they wouldn’t fall for a fraudulent text or email, but criminals are more sophisticated than ever. Take the test on the Stop Fraud website to see if you can find the fraud and know when it’s time to say ‘My money? My info? I don’t think so’.

Banks and other financial service providers work hard to protect their customers – in the UK in 2016, their innovative systems stopped £6.40 in every £10 of attempted fraud.

Financial fraud losses totalled £768.8 million in 2016.

Clearly, something needs to be done, and FFA UK and Her Majesty’s Government don’t believe this ‘thing’ has to be complicated. In fact, it can be as simple as encouraging people to take a moment to stop and think.

Many people may already know the do’s and don’t s of financial fraud – that no-one should ever contact them out of the blue to ask for their PIN or full password, or ever make them feel pressured into moving money to another account. The trouble is, in the heat of the moment, it’s easy to forget this.

After all, trusting people on their word is something everyone tends to do instinctively. If someone says they’re from your bank or a trusted organisation, why wouldn’t you believe them?

Before you take their word for it though, Take Five a national awareness campaign led by FFA UK (part of UK Finance), backed by Her Majesty’s Government and delivered with and through a range of partners in the UK payments industry, financial services firms, law enforcement agencies, telecommunication providers, commercial, public and third sector, urges you to stop and consider whether the situation is genuine – to stop and think if what you’re being told really makes sense.

Staying Well – Tea, Cake and Funding Opportunities at Brighouse Methodist Church

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Find out what Staying Well can offer you – now working with individuals or groups 18+.

On Wednesday 2 May, 2:00pm-3:30pm at Brighouse Methodist Church, enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of cake and see how new funding is available to help groups and activities in the Brighouse and Rastrick area.

There will be details of the funding and how to apply.

For more information contact Rachel on 01422 392708 or email Rachel.swaby@calderdale.gov.uk

Better Living Service – Spring Newsletter

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The Better Living Service of Calderdale Council have produced a Spring Newsletter describing the Better Lifestyle Sessions and more.

Do you want to make a change to improve your health?
Maybe to lose weight, be more active, stop smoking or reduce your alcohol intake……..
Why not book a FREE Better Lifestyle Session with a qualified and experienced Better Living Trainer.  They will be able to  offer you the support and advice you need to take the next step to make a change.

Better Lifestyle Sessions are available at venues across Calderdale on various days and times through the week.

To book a Better Lifestyle Session ring 01422 230230 or email BLT at blt@calderdale.gov.uk

There is also a chance to start the next pre-natal mum’s class on Wednesday 18 April by calling 01422 230230 or emailing Lauren Dawtrey on lauren.dawtrey@calderdale.gov.uk

Other things in the newsletter include the #Active Schools competition, Healthy Weight groups and the national SugarSmart campaign to raise awareness of the hidden sugar in our food and drinks.

 

World Parkinson’s Day – Wednesday 11 April

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Millions of people around the world are living with Parkinson’s. But does the rest of the world know what Parkinson’s is?

Join the global Parkinson’s community on World Parkinson’s Day, Wednesday 11 April 2018, to show people what Parkinson’s truly is.

On World Parkinson’s Day, Halifax Town Hall is hosting a coffee morning 10:30am-2:00pm. Why not call in for a coffee and sample some of our delicious cakes?

The coffee morning will be opened by the Mayor of Calderdale , Ferman Ali.

Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition. This means that it causes problems in the brain and gets worse over time.

ABOUT PARKINSON’S
There’s currently no cure for Parkinson’s and we don’t yet know why people get the condition.

 

But there are lots of different treatments, therapies and support available to help you manage the condition.

Support for you
If you have Parkinson’s – or you know someone who has – Parkinson’s UK have the right support and information for you. Find out about all the services on offer by visiting the Parkinson’s UK website.

 

One You – Couch to 5K Re-launch

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Public Health England Partnerships are re-launching their famous One You – Couch to 5K app in partnership with BBC Get Inspired.

The One You – Couch to 5k app has been designed to get you off the couch and running in just nine weeks. There is now a choice of five trainers to support and motivate you every step of the way, telling you when to walk and when to run.

With spring on the way, now is a great opportunity for you to achieve the couch to 5k.

Northern PCD Day 2018

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Do you have Primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) or look after someone with it? Would you like to meet other families living with PCD and learn more about the condition? If so, join the PCD Family Support Group on Saturday 28 April 2018, 10:00am-3:30pm at Eureka! Children’s Museum.

Primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) is a rare inherited condition that is caused by abnormal cilia. Cilia are microscopic hair-like structures that beat in the airway clearing mucus and debris.

In those with PCD, cilia are either static or do not beat in a coordinated fashion (dyskinetic) meaning the body is unable to clear secretions. This can affect the lungs, nose, sinuses, ears and fertility.

The aim of the day is to learn more about PCD and meet other families to share experiences. Attendees will get access to Eureka children’s museum and we will be running age appropriate educational sessions in the human body section of the museum.

Talks will also be given by physiotherapists and PCD experts.

A buffet will be provided for adults and a packed lunch for children attending the event, and plenty of tea and coffee will be available.

The event is FREE but please register at Eventbrite.

False Telephone Preference Service (TPS) Calls

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We have been alerted by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau of false claims by fraudsters with regard to a Telephone Preference Service (TPS).

Fraudsters are cold-calling victims, falsely stating that they are calling from one of the well-known UK telecommunication service providers. They call victims claiming to provide a ‘Telephone Preference Service’ – an enhanced call-barring service, which includes barring international call centres.
The fraudsters ask victims to confirm/provide their bank account details, informing them that there is a one-off charge for the service. Victims instead see monthly debits deducted from their accounts, which they have not authorised. The fraudsters often target elderly victims.

In all instances, direct debits are set up without following proper procedure. The victim is not sent written confirmation of the direct debit instruction, which is supposed to be sent within three days.
On occasions when victims attempted to call back, the telephone number provided by the fraudster was either unable to be reached or the victim’s direct debit cancellation request was refused.
During 2017, there were 493 Action Fraud Reports relating to this fraud.

 

 

Protect yourself:

  • There is only one Telephone Preference Service (TPS). The TPS is the only official UK ‘do-not-call’ register for opting out of live telesales calls. It is FREE to sign-up to the register. TPS never charge for registration. You can register for this service at http://www.tpsonline.org.uk.
  • You will receive postal confirmation of genuine direct debits. If you notice unauthorised payments leaving your account, you should contact your bank promptly.
  • Always be wary of providing personal information, or confirming that personal information the caller already claims to hold is correct. Always be certain that you know who you talking to. If in doubt hang up immediately.
  • If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.