Video shows why keeping strong is so important

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A new video highlights the importance of looking after your strength so that you can do the things that are important to you.

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy has released the short Christmas film, Never Too Late, to promote the importance of remaining active as we age. 

The film is about a lonely widower who regains his strength and sense of purpose so that he can return to his role playing Father Christmas at the local children’s ward.

The CSP is using the film, which is part of its Love Activity campaign, to spread its message that it’s never too late to start strengthening and reduce the risk of falls as we age.


The campaign directs people to six exercises that can help them stay strong and independent this winter. You can see these exercises by downloading the poster below.

For more information on the film and exercise, visit the CSP website or follow the organisation on Facebook or Twitter.


Call to help the NHS protect antibiotics

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Over three million surgical operations and cancer treatments a year in England may become life-threatening without antibiotics

We all need to do our bit to protect our antibiotics. And they need protecting. Research shows that over 3 million surgeries and cancer treatments could become life threatening if we do not act.

The ‘Keep Antibiotics Working’ campaign aims to alert the public to the risks of antibiotic resistance, urging all of us to always take their doctor, nurse or healthcare professional’s advice on antibiotics.

Procedures such as caesarean sections and hip replacements could become life-threatening without antibiotics; infections related to surgery could double, putting people at risk of dangerous complications.

Flu – think it’s too late to be vaccinated? think again!

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With flu season now upon us, Thurrock’s public health team and the Clinical Commissioning Group are working together to fight the threat of flu by encouraging specific groups of people to get their flu vaccine. The message is, it’s not too late!

The groups of people being encouraged in particular are pregnant women, parents of young children, those under 65 with long-term conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart disease. Carers are also eligible to be vaccinated.

Last year Thurrock’s eligible population were under vaccinated, putting them at risk of serious health problems due to the flu. Flu can even be fatal.

This Decembeard help fight bowel cancer

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Men join together this Decembeard and raise money for Bowel Cancer UK

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More than 23,000 men are diagnosed with bowel cancer in the UK every year, making it the third most common cancer in men. That's why we're pledging our support for Bowel Cancer UK's Decembeard fundraising campaign.

Dads, brothers, sons, nephews, granddads, uncles - you can help the charity stop people dying of bowel cancer this December.

All you need to do is clean shave on 30 November and let your facial fuzz grow throughout December. Already bearded? No problem. Dye, ditch or decorate your beard and join the campaign.

Bowel cancer is the UK's second biggest cancer killer. However it shouldn't be as it's treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early.

Join us this December, get growing a beard and raise as much as you can to support Bowel Cancer UK's vital services and lifesaving research.

Save lives. Grow a beard: 

Are you #WeatherReady?

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New campaign aims to help you and your loved ones get ready for the winter weather.

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To help everyone be better prepared for severe weather all year round, the Met Office is launching ‘WeatherReady’. Run in partnership with Cabinet Office, the initiative provides expert advice on travel, protecting your home and your health and wellbeing.

Oliver Dowden MP, Minister for Implementation, Cabinet Office said: “Last year we saw the impact severe weather can have on our services and communities. Our public services and emergency responders continue to prepare for severe weather as they do every year, but everyone can take simple actions to prepare themselves and support their friends and neighbours.

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