Healthy Life Essex Newsletter - August 2008

Hi Everyone

Hope you are all enjoying the summer and managing to enjoy the sunshine when it breaks through those nasty rain clouds! Don’t forget to leave off those sunglasses occasionally – so you can really benefit from the sunshine. But if you are stuck indoors, why not make the most of the time and read our newsletter!

As always, we have several new articles (see below). We are also very proud to be hosting the Essex Healthy Life Healthy Eating Awards web site for the Essex Food Liaison Group. We are still waiting for the 14 councils that form the group to provide us with lists of outlets that have won awards but soon, if you are looking Essex Healthy Life Eating Awards logofor cafes and restaurants that offer healthy food options for you and your children, you will be able to find them on that site. The associated article explains how the awards work. Maybe you know a restaurant or cafe that could apply? If the proprietors visit they can find all the information and forms they need to apply.

We are also in the process of adding all the Health Walks throughout the county to our events listings. If you would like some gentle exercise this is a great way to do it. You’ll get exercise and fresh air, and it’s also a great way to make new friends. (If you run or know of any other Health Walks then please let us know)

Hopefully you are already using the Wildlife / Countryside Events to see where you can take the children over the summer holidays. Getting your children to enjoy and get involved with the natural environment can bring so many benefits.

The following are brief introductions to the new articles added, sorted in to areas of interest. Some areas do overlap, so don’t be surprised if the same article appears more than once.

Click on the green links for the full story

Countryside & Wildlife Charities Therapies Nutrition
Health conditions Exercise and Fitness Our Essex / Environment
Community Art Volunteering Reviews

The OtterCountryside & Wildlife

An Otter Summer Find out about the Essex Wildlife Trust’s fundraising appeal to help re-establish Otters and wetland habitats throughout Essex.

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Breathe Easy
Breathe Easy is a British Lung Foundation support network for people who have a lung condition and for those who look after them. These people often feel alone and making friends is important. Find a group near you.

Helen Rollason Heal Cancer Charity 
Helen Rollason Heal Cancer Charity based in Chelmsford treats cancer patients holistically and offers therapeutic support often unavailable elsewhere.

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Ayurvedic body massageAyurveda by Sarah Yapp BA ITEC MCThA of Sarah Yapp Therapies. 
Ayurveda is a system of imparting knowledge and living a way of life that helps to attain physical and mental wellness holistically. Sarah discusses some of the Ayurvedic treatments she offers.

Kinesiology by Gina Butler KFRP, GS.
Kinesiology is a gentle non-invasive holistic therapy suitable for everyone. Gina, an experienced Kinesiology Federation registered practitioner and Geopathic Stress consultant, explains more.

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Health conditions 

Coping with lymphoedema – Sue’s story.
Management of lymphoedema is just one of the support services offered by the Helen Rollason Heal Cancer Charity.

Healthy Life with Diabetes by Alexis Hodgkins RGN/DN/MSc.
Alexis is a registered nurse and specialist is diabetes care and management. Find out about the diagnosis, treatment and management of what is becoming a very common chronic illness.

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Healthy EatingNutrition 

Essex Healthy Life Healthy Eating Awards.
Find out what commercial food outlets have to do to get a Silver or Gold Award and how the awards might benefit you and your family.

Glycaemic Index
The Glycaemic Index of Common Foods focuses on foods that provide slow, steady amounts of energy throughout the day to help control blood sugar levels. This is particularly important for diabetics and can also be used as the basis of a healthy weight-loss diet.

Aspartame by Melanie Fryer Dip.ION of Health in Nutrition
Melanie voices her concerns about aspartame, an ingredient found in many low-sugar and sugar-free foods and drinks and even medicines.

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Exercise and Fitness.

make exercise and fitness funFitness for Children by Hazel Williams.
A qualified Personal Trainer and Children’s Exercise specialist, Hazel suggests some great ways to make exercise and fitness fun for children. Put the Nintendo away and have some fun with the children this summer!

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Our Essex / Environment 

A quiet revolution. by Ross Gardner.
Meadowfield Nature Study Centre in HockleyMeadowfield Nature Study Centre in Hockley, offers Essex schoolchildren a hands-on learning experience of plants and the wildlife at large in the local environment. The wider message is that encouraging a connection with the natural world will have a positive and genuine influence on our local environment.

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Community Art 

Art of the Environment:
When work began on the Mardyke Valley Project an amazing array of rubbish, from shopping trolleys to motorbikes, was reclaimed from the river. Sculptor Ptolemy Elrington (usually just Ptolemy) has turned these into sculptures of creatures associated with the valley — a dragonfly, fish, kingfisher heron and even the Aveley Mammoth! (More about the Mardyke Valley Project soon.)

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South East Essex Conservation Volunteers (SEECV). offers a great way of keeping fit, enjoying the fresh air, and making new friends: and doing ‘your bit’ for the environment! Suitable for school age upwards, but children under 16 must be with a responsible adult / guardian.

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Kissed by Angels by Janet Lee
The biography of spiritualist medium Lorraine Butler. This emotional rollercoaster will have you laughing and crying.

Facing Neuralgia by Wendy Evans.
Wendy was suddenly struck down by a rare nervous disease. This is a factual account of her long and hard battle to regain her life and her dignity.

Stress-Busting for Children (The best kept secret since Father Christmas)
by Rita Sparks.

An easy way to resolve behavioural problems. A must read for parents, guardians, grand-parents – or anyone involved with children.

If I Can, You Can! by Constance Turner.
If you are in a long-term violent relationship this may inspire you to break free. More laughter, more tears!

Audio / visual:

Affirmations to Change your Life CD by Dawn Breslin.
A gentle but empowering CD to help lift our lives to a higher level of existence.

The Speech Imp by hypnoIMP MP3 player.
One of a serious of portable hypnotherapy sessions.

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We hope you have enjoyed this newsletter and managed to read most, if not all, of the articles! If you have any comments to make or you would like to submit articles yourself please do contact us.

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Don’t forget to use our directories. We continually add new directory entries to these categories and more directories will also be added. Watch this space

Current directories:

Find a Therapist in Essex.

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Perhaps you should be advertising in our directories?

Still only £5 per quarter per entry less than 50p per week. Spread the word before the price increases. Once your standing order is in place, and providing payment is not interrupted, the price stays the same – indefinitely!

Don’t forget, when we come out of the recession it is going to be those businesses that have continued to advertise and just ‘keep their name out there’ that are going to be the most successful – a proven marketing concept!

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Quotes of the Month


"Kites rise highest against the wind... not with it"

Winston Churchill

We do face difficult times, but I’m sure we can all rise to the challenge!

"Make up your mind to BE happy. Learn to find pleasure in simple things."

Robert Louis Stevenson

Some people remain happy in the face of great adversity. Others have enormous material wealth but little joy in their lives. True happiness is a state of mind and not the value of our possessions.

"The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn."

John Lubbock

The gift of knowledge is a wonderful thing. Ignite a child’s hunger for learning and you will have given a lifelong gift.


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