Healthy Life Essex Newsletter - October 2008

Hi Everyone

As always, we have added several new articles to www.HealthyLifeEssex.co.uk. Links to these are shown below. Don’t forget though, there is lots of other information continually added to the main web site, including our various events sections and the news blog. It’s always worth keeping an eye on these.

Hopefully you have found the Wildlife / Countryside Events useful over the summer holidays. The events continue right through the autumn and winter, so Family walkingdo wrap up warm and continue to enjoy the countryside. The rustle of fallen leaves and the vibrant autumnal reds, golds and russets of the Essex countryside never fail to inspire me.

If you enjoy the countryside, you will no doubt be pleased to know that we shall soon be adding a selection of Essex Walks. It is actually just an excuse for us – we need to ‘review’ the walks for our readers don’t we?

Emotional wellbeing, recycling and fundraising for charities are all aspects we cover in Healthy Life. A rather special bit of de-cluttering could provide all three elements – plus a chance to appear on BBC1. Sound interesting? Find out more about the project here.

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
Healthy Eating Environment Gardening
Spirituality Reviews

Countryside & Wildlife

Wasps: Friends or Foes? by Julian Kaye of the South East Essex WaspConservation Volunteers
Wasps can certainly be a nuisance, but Julian assures us that they do have a significant role to play in the overall scheme of things.

Brent Geese come home to Essex.
Every year thousands of Brent Geese migrate from Siberia to the Thames, Blackwater, Crouch & Roach Estuaries. Learn more about these fascinating birds, and perhaps even join the RSPB during October to watch this fascinating spectacle.

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Charities

Anglia AutismAutism Anglia
People with autism spectrum conditions have difficulty with everyday social interaction. Anglia Autism provides support for both sufferers and their families.

Peaceful Place 
Peaceful Place offers specialist care and support for younger people and their families living with dementia. Many of us will have encountered an elderly relative with dementia: image then how much harder it must be for both the sufferer and their family to cope with early onset dementia (between the ages of 45 – 65.)

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Therapies

Maternity Reflexology can help through to the actual birth Maternity Reflexology by Sarah Yapp BA ITEC MCThA of Sarah Yapp Therapies. 
Maternity Reflexology can help both parents from pre-conception, including sub-fertility and during IVF treatment if necessary, to the actual birth.

7 Steps for a Blossoming Career by Wendy Dashwood-Quick of Resolution Coaching.
Most of us spend more time at work than we do with our friends and family. It is important that we not only reach the levels to which we aspire, but also that we are actually happy at work.

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Healthy Eating 

Too much water may be bad for you!Warning: too much water may be bad for your health by Melanie Fryer Dip.ION of Health in Nutrition
Yes, it’s true! Most of us do not drink enough water but, like almost any food or drink, too much water can be dangerous. Melanie explains what happens when we drink excessive amounts of water.

Baby food – how healthy is it really? by Nicki Shaw of Mother’s Choice.
When new mother Nicki investigated the quality of jars of baby food she was shocked by her findings – so shocked that she decided to start her own baby food company.

Food for Life Partnership by Karen Brenchly, East of England Regional Co-ordinator
A wonderful opportunity for Essex schools (including pupils, parents, grandparents, teaching assistants, governors and support staff) to try and improve the skills, knowledge and culture of food in their schools and their communities. There is also a Farm Links Workshop for any school that would like to forge links with local farms.

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Environment 

Solar energy and Solar Panels by Fiona Roy of Solar Power (GB) Ltd.
Energy prices soar and we are told the National Grid may switch off power some evenings – so it would certainly make sense to consider solar heating if possible. Fiona Roy of Solar Power (GB) Ltd explains how solar energy works and how solar thermal hot water systems can offer both financial savings and reduced carbon dioxide emissions.

Real Nappies by Jo Caird of Natural Nappies.
The volume of disposable nappies going into landfill is quite staggering. Studies estimate that disposable nappies take at least 200 years to decompose. Using natural nappies not only has a beneficial impact on the environment, it can also significantly reduce your costs – especially if you live in the borough of Southend-on-Sea.

Food for Life Partnership by Karen Brenchly, East of England Regional Co-ordinatorA session on the cooking bus
A wonderful opportunity for Essex schools (including pupils, parents, grandparents, teaching assistants, governors and support staff) to try and improve the skills, knowledge and culture of food in their schools and their communities. There is also a Farm Links Workshop for any school that would like to forge links with local farms.

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Gardening 

Colour Therapy in the Garden by Jill Crooks of Room 105 Design Partnership
Jill explains how colour works, how it affects us, and how we can use planned colour planting schemes in our gardens to create the effects and moods we want.

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Spirituality 

Meetings with the Master by Sarah Yapp
Master YuMaster Yu is an ‘Enlightened Living Buddha’ who visited England for the first time this year. Since Sarah met the Master her life has changed considerably. She says the teachings of the Esoteric School are so simple and yet so powerful, and looks forward to sharing what she has learnt with others.

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Reviews 

Books:

Be The Change by Trenna Cormack
Ghandi said “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” Be The Change is a selection of interviews with people who have done just that

Audio / visual:

Accepting Yourself CD by Dawn Breslin.
A series of ten CD's, aiming to increase the listener’s self-esteem and confidence.

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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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Quotes of the Month

 

"Don't hold
post-mortems.
Don't spend your time brooding over sorrows or mistakes.
Don't be one who never gets over things."

Robert Louis Stevenson

"You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe,
deserve your love and affection."

Buddha

We all make mistakes in our lives but we have to learn to leave our regrets in the past where they belong. As Dawn Breslin so gently explains, accepting and loving ourselves as we are is one of the most important aspects of leading the rich and fulfilling life we all desire.


"The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering the attitude of his mind."

William James (1842–1910)

At Healthy Life we would go further: we believe that by changing our ‘attitude of mind’ we can not only change our own lives but that of our families, our local communities, and even the world.


"To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing."

Elbert Hubbard

If we learn to love ourselves, if we can alter our ‘attitude of mind’, then perhaps we can also gain the strength to stand up and be counted! Let’s be the change!

 

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