Nutrition & Hydration Week
World Salt Awareness Week
Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) is a group concerned with salt and its effects on health. The 19th National Salt Awareness Week will take place Monday 12th - Sunday 18th March and this year will be focusing on families!
Many people are aware that eating too much salt is bad for their health, but think that it’s only a cause for concern in our later years. This isn’t true, as eating too much salt during childhood increases blood pressure which then tracks into adulthood and later life, increasing the risk of strokes and heart attacks. That’s why it’s so important to reduce salt intake across all ages. By doing so we can reduce our risk of heart disease and avoid the unnecessary and extortionate healthcare costs associated with treatment. Over the course of the week CASH will be reminding people about the harmful effects of eating too much salt and highlighting how the salt present in everyday foods can really add up. In the UK we currently eat more salt than is recommended, and a big part of that is due to the high amounts hidden in the food we buy. That’s why CASH are calling for more action from the food industry and out of home sector to reduce the amount they add, and to provide us with healthier choices lower in salt. They also encourage the public to play their part and make simple changes to their eating and purchasing habits. Through this collaborative effort CASH hope to improve the nation’s diet, and in doing so save many more lives and millions of pounds in health care costs.
Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
1st - 31st March
Every year 7,300 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The risk of developing ovarian cancer in the course of their lifetime for the general population of women is two per cent. However, some women have an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer. All women should be aware of the risk factors and of the symptoms of ovarian cancer.
Some symptoms of ovarian cancer are particularly significant:
• persistent bloating
• pain in the pelvis or abdomen
• difficulty eating, or feeling full quickly
• needing to wee more urgently or often than usual
For more information please visit https://www.targetovariancancer.org.uk/ovarian-cancer-information-and-support
National Eating Disorders Awareness Week
Eating disorder sufferers face an average wait of three and a half years for specialist treatment. During that time, by far the longest gap came between symptoms first emerging and people recognising these as an eating disorder. Almost as much time went by between this realisation and people taking the step to ask for help from their GP. By raising awareness of the early signs, and sh...owing that sufferers need and deserve help, you can make a real difference.
Dig out your brightest, boldest socks this Eating Disorders Awareness Week and help Beat provide support, tackle barriers to desperately needed treatment, and challenge the stigma. By wearing your socks at your workplace, school, or university and donating to Beat, you play a vital role in ending pain and suffering. It’s that simple.
Visit https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/sock-it-to-eating-di… for more information.