Spring into Action this May
26 April 2018
We support public health campaigns to maximize the impact of national and international campaign messages and we are supporting the following awareness-raising campaigns in May.
You can get involved by either attending one of our events in the local community, sharing our posts or telling your story in relation to a particular health message on social media.
May is National Walking Month. National Walking Month is a campaign to promote the benefits of walking and to get everyone walking, no matter what your level of fitness is. Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to be more active, lose weight and become healthier. Wellbeing for Life want to see as many people as possible give walking everyday journeys a go, and they’ll be promoting the many ways to take part and providing tips to get you on your feet.
Wellbeing for Life is also supporting May Measurement Month, a worldwide programme led by the International Society of Hypertension, raising awareness of high blood pressure. Wellbeing for Life health trainers will be will be available to carry out Mini Health Checks, including measuring everyone’s blood pressures. We hope to inspire people to make small changes in their lives to reduce high blood pressure and lead a healthier life
This year the Mental Health Foundation’s campaign’s focus is on stress. Research has shown that two thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetimes, and stress is a key factor in this. Tackling stress can go a long way to tackle mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, and, in some instances, self-harm and suicide. Wellbeing for Life support people on how to tackle stress and help improve our mental health.
Every year the British Association of Dermatologists makes a concerted effort to bring sun safety education to the UK public. National Sun Awareness Week is designed to highlight the dangers of over-exposure to the sun and promote staying safe in the sun.
We want people to join us and get involved in these public health campaigns because many long-term conditions are preventable through positive healthy lifestyle changes. Promoting healthy lifestyles and empowering individuals to make healthy choices is central to our work to tackle long-term chronic diseases and reduce preventable deaths. We want all people in County Durham to be healthy people, in body and mind
The goal of Dementia Action Week is to encourage people to take action to improve the lives of those affected by dementia, working to create a dementia-friendly UK where those with dementia do not feel excluded.