Walking for Health
Walking is one of the simplest forms of exercise to improve overall health and wellbeing. Regular activity is good for the heart, lowers risk of medical complications and is an excellent way to maintain a healthy weight.
Epsom & Ewell Borough Council run a free Health Walks Scheme – click on the link below for details
Healthy with Henry
Healthy with Henry is part of the ‘ Change for Life ‘ campaign helping parents and carers give their babies, toddlers and pre-school children a healthy start in life with practical tips and positive ways of guiding children’s behaviour, eating habits and activity levels.
The courses last for 8 weeks and are free of charge.
For further information contact :
Project Manager ( HENRY in Surrey )
Surrey Nurturing Links, c/o St. Bede’s School
Tel: 01483 225596 / 0785 0708069
Epsom and Ewell Sure Start Children’s Centres
Children’s centres provide a variety of advice and support for parents and carers. Their services are available from pregnancy right through to when your child goes into reception class at primary school. There are more than 3,600 children’s centres in England. They bring all the different support agencies together in one place to meet the needs of both parents and children. They are somewhere children can make friends and learn as they play. Parents can get professional advice on health and family matters, learn about training and job opportunities or just socialise with other people.
For details about local Sure Start Children’s Centres – click on the links below
Are you getting enough?…when it’s out that is!
The main source of vitamin D for humans is ultraviolet B sunlight exposure. During summer two or three exposures (of at least the face and arms without sunscreen and not behind glass) of 20 to 30 minutes each week, which can be divided, between 10am and 3pm should provide adequate amounts of vitamin D for most individuals.2 The elderly and those of non-white ethnicity will have higher requirements. Due to the latitude in the UK, from October to April sun exposure is not adequate for synthesis of vitamin D. Oily fish such as herring, sardines, mackerel, salmon and tuna are the best dietary source of vitamin D. Egg yolks, mushrooms and liver contain small amounts of vitamin D. Liver is also a rich source of vitamin A, therefore consumption should be limited to once a week to avoid toxicity and avoided entirely in pregnancy. There are also some foods such as margarines and cereals that are fortified with vitamin D (check product labels).