Archive for the 'Health' Category

2015 Rock to Rocque Bike Ride on 24 May to aid Les Bourgs Hospice

May 3rd, 2015 by Heritage Group Ltd

The Rock to Rocque Bike Ride, which raises much needed funds for Les Bourgs Hospice, is great fun for the whole family (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The Rock to Rocque Bike Ride, which raises much needed funds for Les Bourgs Hospice, is great fun for the whole family (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The family-orientated Rock to Rocque Bike Ride that raises much needed funds for Les Bourgs Hospice is on Sunday 24th May 2015.

The event sponsored by the Heritage Group has three starting points and starting times.

The majority of bike riders will begin at the top of Val des Terres at 8.45 a.m.  Please note that there is no parking at Val des Terres start point. It is a drop-off point only.

Cyclists can also start by Fort Grey (the Cup and Saucer) at 9.45 a.m. or cyclists can start at Grandes Rocques at 10.45 a.m. Continue reading

Eleanor Foundation’s Hug the Coast Bike Ride on 21 September 2014

September 18th, 2014 by Richard Lord

This year’s Eleanor Foundation annual bike ride begins at 10 a.m. on Sunday 21 September 2014 at Grand Rocques car park on Guernsey’s west coast.

Registration begins at 9.45 a.m. at Grand Rocques car park.  A donation of £10 is requested from individuals and £20 from a family.

The annual bike ride, which is conducted at a leisurely pace, is a wonderful community event for the whole family.

The bike ride follows a route around the north coast of Guernsey to finish in Market Square, St Peter Port.

The Eleanor Foundation, set-up in memory of Eleanor Carey, raises funds to install water pumps and bring clean drinking water to communities in the Kagera region of Tanzania. Continue reading

Air pollution and poor lung health tightly linked

September 12th, 2014 by European Lung Foundation

Commodore Clipper starts a diesel engine in St Peter Port harbour on 23 May 2014.  Harmful air pollution comes from many sources (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Commodore Clipper starts a diesel engine in St Peter Port harbour on 23 May 2014. Harmful air pollution comes from many sources (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

New data has identified a clear link between higher levels of exposure to air pollution and deteriorating lung health in adult European citizens.

This study confirms previous findings that children growing up in areas with higher levels of pollution will have lower levels of lung function and  a higher risk of developing symptoms such as cough and bronchitis symptoms.

Additionally, the new study identified that people suffering from obesity are particularly vulnerable to the negative effects of air pollution, possibly due to an increased risk of lung inflammation. Continue reading

October’s 30 runs in 30 days to raise funds for Les Bourgs Hospice

September 5th, 2014 by Richard Lord

(click on image to open a PDF which you can download to your computer)

(click on image to open a PDF which you can download to your computer)

Following the recent 30 bays in 30 days event we have decided, following many requests, to launch a 30 runs, for 30 minutes, in 30 days challenge.

This challenge will start on 1st October 2014 and will run until 30th October 2014 while we still have some light in the evenings.

There will be no group runs so no-one feels they will be left behind….. or miles in front – but is suitable for everyone from Marathon runners to those who may prefer doing a quick walk or a jog rather than a run! Continue reading

Dominion MUG fund raising off-road Bike Ride on 5 October 2014

September 4th, 2014 by Male Uprising in Guernsey

Get on your bicycle in October 2014 to help raise money for MUG – Guernsey’s male cancer charity.

The second MUG Dominion Bike Ride takes place on the 5th October 2014.

The largely off-road route will take bike riders along 12 miles of Guernsey’s beautiful coastal paths.

It will take around two hours to complete and makes a great day out for the whole family with the minimum entry age being seven years old. Continue reading

Register for Saffery Champness Rotary walk on 7 June and raise money for Guernsey charities

May 7th, 2014 by Saffery Champness

Organisers of the Saffery Champness Rotary Walk remind islanders that there is still time to register for the 39 mile challenge, which takes place on 7 June 2014.

Chris Russell, the finance and operations manager at Saffery Champness, has taken part in the Walk for the last eight years.

He is once again looking forward to what he considers to be a highlight of the route – walking along the south coast cliffs at dawn on what he hopes will be a calm and sunny morning on 7 June 2014.

Encouraged by friends who were also participating, Mr Russell’s first walk in 2005 took him 13 hours to complete, pacing himself throughout the day and stopping regularly to rehydrate. Continue reading

Guernsey charities promote healthy lifestyle to reduce bowel cancer rate

March 31st, 2014 by Male Uprising in Guernsey

Male Uprising Guernsey and Bowel Cancer Guernsey have set the challenge ‘30 days to a new you’ for five local media volunteers during April, which is Bowel Cancer Awareness month.

The two charities have joined forces to drive home the message that adopting a healthy lifestyle is the best way to avoid bowel cancer.

Bowel Cancer is Guernsey’s third most common cancer with around 40 to 45 new cases diagnosed each year.

According to Cancer Research UK studies show that exercise could reduce colon cancer risk by about a quarter.

By maintaining a healthy weight, the risk of developing the disease could be as much as halved, compared to people who are overweight and don’t exercise. Continue reading

Economic benefits from smoke-free laws and tobacco control policies

March 28th, 2014 by The Lancet

Cigarette smoking litter on St Peter Port street (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Cigarette smoking litter on St Peter Port street (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The introduction of laws banning smoking in public places and workplaces in North America and Europe has been quickly followed by large drops in rates of preterm births and children attending hospital for asthma, according to the first systematic review and meta-analysis examining the effect of smoke-free legislation on child health, published in the paper ‘Effect of smoke-free legislation on perinatal and child health: a systematic review and meta-analysis‘ in the The Lancet.

The analysis of 11 studies done in North America and Europe, involving more than 2.5 million births, and nearly 250 000 asthma exacerbations, showed that rates of both preterm births and hospital attendance for asthma were reduced by 10% within a year of smoke-free laws coming into effect.

Currently only 16% of the world’s population is covered by comprehensive smoke-free laws, and 40% of children worldwide are regularly exposed to second-hand smoke.

To date, most studies have looked at the impact of smoking bans on adult outcomes, but children account for more than a quarter of all deaths and over half of all healthy years of life lost due to exposure to second-hand smoke. Continue reading

Saffery Champness Rotary Walk around Guernsey on 7 June 2014

February 13th, 2014 by Saffery Champness

Saffery Champness has taken over the sponsorship of one of Guernsey’s largest charity fundraising events, which has been re-branded.

Previously known as the Itex Rotary Walk, local firm Saffery Champness has taken over the sponsorship of this community event for a minimum commitment of three years.

The walk in Guernsey is now known as the “Saffery Champness Rotary Walk” and it will continue to raise vital funds for a range of charities in Guernsey.

Saffery Champness staff will play a key role in the walk’s organisation alongside partners Rotary de la Guernesiais and Rotary Club of Guernsey, as well as providing essential funds needed to run the event.

Lisa Vizia, Director, together with additional staff from Saffery Champness, will join the organising committee, which will decide which local charities will benefit from funds raised in Continue reading

‘Ageing Well in the Bailiwick’ group to provide a voice for organisations working with older people

February 13th, 2014 by Guernsey Community Foundation

‘Ageing Well in the Bailiwick’ (AWB) provides a voice for organisations working with older people in the Guernsey community.

The group, which was formed in 2013, consists of representatives from about 20 organisations working with older people, from the voluntary, private and public sectors.

It was set up with the help of the Guernsey Community Foundation to coordinate work across the sector, with one of its primary objectives being to work with the States of Guernsey on the development of the Supported Living and Ageing Well (SLAWS) policy and to help drive this delayed strategy along, with input from older people, specialists and care providers working across the field.

AWB has been invited by the Policy Council to send representatives to its Public Engagement Steering Group as part of the engagement process for the Supported Living and Ageing Well (SLAWS) policy. Continue reading