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Blood pressure: do you know your numbers?

Health leaders in Sefton are urging people to get their blood pressure tested as part of a national campaign to combat a silent killer.

Blood Pressure UK’s ‘Know Your Numbers!’ campaign aims to raise awareness of the importance of having your blood pressure tested and understanding what your numbers mean.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing added: “High blood pressure is a largely preventable and treatable condition but contributes to the leading causes of death. Having your blood pressure checked is an important step to knowing and reducing your risk of stroke, heart attack or heart failure.

“I urge all Sefton residents to take advantage of Know Your Numbers! week by getting your blood pressure checked to help keep your heart happy.”

Colette Page is a Practice Nurse Lead at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG. She said: “It’s really quick and easy to test your blood pressure, which makes it a great way to get a picture of your general health. If your reading is high, there are lots of ways to help bring your blood pressure down such as improving your diet, reducing your salt intake, quitting smoking and exercising more.

“People can find these lifestyle choices a bit daunting but there’s lots of information and support available to help you make some little changes that can make a big difference to your health.”

Graham MacGregor, chair of Blood Pressure UK and a professor of cardiovascular medicine, said: “High blood pressure usually has no symptoms, which is why it is often referred to as the silent killer. The only way to know you have it is to have a check. If detected, it can be easily treated, thereby reducing your risk of a stroke or heart disease.”

As part of this campaign, local NHS organisations and health charities have come together to offer free blood pressure checks which are being offered at a range of locations across Sefton this week. Health and lifestyle advice will be available from the friendly staff.

For a full list please visit www.southportandformbyccg.nhs.uk/your-health-and-services/know-your-numbers-sefton-blood-pressure-stations or www.southseftonccg.nhs.uk/your-health-and-services/know-your-numbers-sefton-blood-pressure-stations.

For more information about the Know Your Numbers! campaign, visit www.bloodpressureuk.org.

Help save a life on World Suicide Prevention Day

Sefton residents  are being urged to give up just 20 minutes of their time to take free suicide prevention training and help save a life.

Across the UK around 6,000 people die by suicide each year and every one has a huge impact on the people impacted by it and the emotional and social effects are enormous.

Sefton Council is now urging businesses to roll out training developed by the Zero Suicide Alliance (ZSA).

It coincides with World Suicide Prevention day (10 September) and comes from the Cheshire and Merseyside NO MORE Suicide Partnership Board (a collaboration of partners working to prevent suicide) and Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust – a member of the ZSA.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “The NO MORE Suicide Partnership Board has a vision for Cheshire and Merseyside where suicide is eliminated and people are supported at a time of crisis.

 “We aim to be a Suicide Safer Community accredited region and the more people who take this training, the more support we will have in ensuring that our vision becomes a reality.”

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “This is a life-saving initiative and we want to see as many people as possible complete this training over the next few months and come together on World Mental Health Day (10 October) to celebrate our success.

“The training is simple and effective and can be done anywhere, anytime, on any device, by simply logging on to the website.”

The ZSA, has developed a free, online suicide prevention course by using expertise from clinicians and those with personal experience to offer advice and provide real life scenarios to illustrate how best to approach a difficult conversation with someone who is struggling.

You can access the training here: www.zerosuicidealliance.com

World Suicide Prevention day marks the beginning of 30 Days of Sefton in Mind. The campaign aims to keep a conversation about mental health at the forefront in the 30 Days that fall between World Suicide Prevention Day and World Mental Health Day (October 10). Follow the hashtag #30DaysofSeftonInMind to get involved.

Superheroes are landing at Splash World!

Superheroes will be taking over Splash World in Southport for an entire action-packed weekend in September.

Splash World’s own mascot Murtle the Turtle will be joined by Superman, Spider Man, Captain America, Wonder Woman and Supergirl on Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23 from 10am to 4pm.

Photo opportunities and the chance to win exclusive prizes throughout the weekend will be included with Splash World admission.

Southport-based party company StarKidz will bring the characters to life and provide fun and entertainment around the centre and at the poolside.

For an extra £5 per person, guests can enjoy a special VIP experience from 1pm-2pm including party games and lunch with the characters! There are limited places on the VIP experience so call 01704 537160 to book in advance.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Splash World is one of Sefton’s major tourist attractions bringing in more than 120,000 visitors each year.

“I think that the superheroes will bring even more fun and laughter to the centre and I hope that everyone who heads along has a great time!”

Standard tickets can be purchased on the day at the centre or gold passes can be booked online at http://www.splashworldsouthport.com/

Are you duathlon ready?

Active Workforce is preparing for this year’s Duathlon at Litherland Sports Park!

Taking place on Wednesday 3 October, the Duathlon will consist of a 1.5k run, followed by a 5k cycle and ending with another 1.5k run. This is a great opportunity to try a sporting challenge that you might not have tried before and participants can run or walk at their own pace.

Open to those aged 16 and over of any ability, entries cost £10 per participant or £7.50 to any employees of the 10 Active Workforce companies.

Changing rooms, showers and lockers will be available and water and refreshments will be provided after the race. There will also be limited bike hire, please inform Active Workforce if you’ll need a bike upon registration.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “The Active Workforce offer just keeps growing and it’s amazing that we’re able to offer events like the Duathlon in Sefton.

“I encourage residents to try something new and give the duathlon a go!”

To sign up for the Duathlon email active.workforce@sefton.gov.uk. Entries close Friday, 28 September.

Part of Sefton Council’s leisure offering, Active Workforce provides opportunities for fitness and wellbeing both in and out of the workplace.

To find out more about Active Workforce visit www.sefton.gov.uk/activeworkforce

Crosby Scouts create ‘secret’ garden to help people with mental health issues

Young Sefton residents have ‘adopted’ a stretch of the Leeds Liverpool Canal in an effort to help people with mental health issues.

Scouts from the Thornton based, 4th Crosby & District St William of York group have helped to transform the location by organising litter-picks and planting flowers. They invite locals who may have mental health problems to join them in the hope that they may be encouraged to talk openly or simply to get outside and enjoy the space.

Working in partnership with other agencies, including: The Canal & River Trust, The Desmond Family Canoe Trail, Mind and Merseyside Police,  the scouts pledged to create a space where people could go and talk.

The project formed part of ‘A Million Hands, a national initiative that has encourage half a million scouts to work together to make a difference in their local community.

The adopted section can be found near Rimrose Valley Country Park in Litherland, not far from the bridge by Kirkstone Road West. 

If you or your organisation would like to get involved in the project, please contact Catherine Ashcroft – 4th Crosby & District Scout Group (St William of York): gsl4thCrosby@live.co.uk

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