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Health & Wellbeing


Every month A.F. Blakemore takes a look at a new set of health & wellbeing tips or related initiatives…

Knowing Your Numbers:
What is Normal Blood Pressure?

Ideally, we should all have a blood pressure below 120 over 80 (120/80); this is known as the optimal level where we are at much lower risk of heart disease or stroke.

If your blood pressure is at the optimal level, this is great news. If your blood pressure is above 120/80mmHG, you should seriously consider making changes to your diet and exercise regime.

Here are five top tips to help lower blood pressure:

1. Eat less salt. Too much salt certainly raises your blood pressure. Most of the salt you eat is not what you add to your food, but is in prepared foods like bread, breakfast cereals and ready meals.

2. Eat more fruit and vegetables. Adults should eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day.

3. Keep to a healthy weight. Losing weight, if you need to, will help lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk of health problems.

4. Drink less alcohol. Drinking too much alcohol raises blood pressure over time. Keeping within recommended alcohol limits should help keep your blood pressure down.

5. Get more physical exercise. Being moderately active for 30 minutes five times a week can keep your heart healthy, and can lower your blood pressure.

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It’s Okay to Talk

More than 800,000 people take their lives each year across the world. In the UK and ROI, more than 6,000 people die by suicide a year – an average of 18 a day.

Reaching out to people who are going through a difficult time can be a game changer.

People who are feeling low or suicidal often feel worthless and think that no one cares.

Small things like hearing from friends or family, feeling listened to or just being told that 'it's okay to talk' can make a huge difference.

If you need to talk to someone, why not contact the Retail Trust on 0808 801 0808 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).



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September's Health & Wellbeing Poster

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