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Do You Practice Healthy Habits? Many Do Not - Read On

22.07.2015

Do you eat the recommended 5-a-day, adhere to the government guidelines regarding alcohol and do you exercise regularly?  If the answer is no you are not alone.  Perhaps it is time to make a few changes that will help to make you healthier and ultimately happier.

Just 1 in 5 Britons eat 5-a-day

Just one in five Britons eats the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, a poll for World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) suggests.  The Department of Health first launched its five-a-day campaign in 2003.  But the WCRF says its survey of more than 2,000 UK adults shows people still find achieving that goal difficult.  It is urging people to eat "just one more portion" for a healthier diet, which would increase cancer protection. 

Need ideas?  For healthy breakfast, lunch, evening meal and snack ideas you can find plenty in our recipes section - here.

If you think only alcoholics and binge drinkers are putting their health at risk, think again.

Many people who see themselves as "social drinkers" are at risk of developing long-term health conditions because of the amount they regularly drink.

Most drinkers are unaware that regularly drinking more than the limits advised by the NHS can lead to a wide range of long-term health problems, including cancers, strokes and heart attacks. 

More than 55% of people questioned in a YouGov poll thought that alcohol only damages your health if you regularly get drunk or binge drink. 

The 2010 survey of 2,000 adults also found that 83% believed that regularly drinking more than the recommended daily limits didn’t put their long-term health at risk.  The survey suggests that 7.5 million people might be unaware of the damage their drinking could be causing.

Recommended weekly guidelines for a man is 21 units and 14 units for a woman, going with two consecutive days free from alcohol.  Find out what a unit of alcohol is be visiting DrinkAware - here.

Most adults in England are risking their health by failing to get enough exercise, research suggests.

A University of Bristol-led study found 80% failed to meet the government target of taking moderate exercise at least 12 times in a four-week period.  Better-off and better-educated adults were most likely to exercise, while the poorer and least educated were most likely to be inactive.

The study analysed exercise data for more than a million adults in England.

It found about 8% of adults who were physically able to walk had not walked for even five minutes continuously during a four-week period, while 46% had not walked for leisure for more than 30 minutes continuously.  Researchers said 88% had not been swimming, 90% had not used a gym and around 20% of people over the age of 16 had done only minimal amounts of physical activity.

How can you include regular exercise in your week?  Some suggestions; take a walk, play a team sport, get up 15 minutes earlier and put on an exercise DVD....What exercise is of interest to you, what will help you to make exercise part of your lifestyle?

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We are passionate about people improving their health and wellbieng through healthy eating.  Interested to know more about our Power Up & Motivate With Positive Nutrition Workplace Wellbeing Initiatives?  Then call Anna on 07778 218009 or email anna@thehealthyemployee.co.uk .



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