Health and Wellbeing newsletter - February 2019

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Wyre Forest Health, wellbeing, and environment

February 2019

Funding for first time gas central heating

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Funding is currently available in Worcestershire for 150 first time gas central heating systems in urban areas. To be eligible the householder or tenant must be in receipt of qualifying benefits and live in a privately owned property (improvements to social housing cannot be funded). Private landlords can apply for 50% funding towards the cost of a first time gas central heating system. All customer enquiries, eligibility checks and applications are coordinated by our local energy charity partners, Act on Energy on free phone 0800 988 2881. Funding for this scheme was awarded to the Warmer Worcestershire Network from the National Grid Warm Homes Fund. The project will run until May 2021 unless all funds are allocated before this date.

Apply for funding

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Change 4 Life – Make a Sugar Swap!

Did you know just one or two everyday swaps can really make a difference to how much sugar your child is having, while still keeping them happy?

Children in England are eating an extra 2,800 sugar cubes a year, which is more than double the recommended guidelines. That’s 8 cubes too many each day!

Half of the sugar in our children's diets comes from sugary drinks, sweets, biscuits, cakes, puddings, sugary breakfast cereals and higher-sugar yoghurts and puddings.

But it's easy to cut back by swapping from higher- to lower- sugar products.

Sugar swap ideas

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Computer sessions for all!

Would you like some help using a computer or accessing the internet? If so, why not go along to one of the computer sessions in Wyre Forest for more information and support?

Find out more

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Start 4 Life- Weaning Campaign

Public Health England (PHE) has launched its first ever Start4Life campaign offering parents support and advice on introducing solid foods to their baby.

A new weaning hub has been launched on the Start4Life website to help parents during their weaning journey. It is packed with NHS-approved advice and tips for each weaning stage, plus simple, healthy weaning recipes.

Official advice is that most babies should not start solid foods until they are around six months old. By this point their bodies are better able to cope with solid foods and they are more able feed themselves. They are also better at moving food around their mouth, chewing and swallowing. The last UK Infant Feeding Survey showed that three-quarters of parents had introduced solid foods by the time their baby is five months old.

A new survey of 1,000 mothers of young children conducted for PHE found that common misconceptions persist about the signs a baby is ready for their first solid foods. Just under half of mums (46%) mistake wanting extra milk feeds as a sign that their baby is ready for solid foods. Chewing fists (32%) and waking up in the night (24%) were also incorrectly identified as signs a baby is ready.

Weaning advice

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Become a blood donor

Across England 830,000 people gave blood in 2018. Will you become a blood donor in 2019? Around one hour of your time could save or improve the lives of up to three people.

Currently around two thirds of all new donors are women. More men are needed to provide life-saving products like plasma and platelets – to save victims of burns, car crashes and provide life-saving treatment to patients with cancer. Men’s blood is particularly useful to make plasma and platelets used to stop bleeding after injury or surgery.

40,000 black donors are also needed to provide much needed blood donations for black patients with sickle cell disease. They need life-saving blood from black donors, which provides the closest match to their own.

Become a donor

Healthy start vouchers

Families could be missing out on food vouchers

Healthy Start helps you give your family the very best start in life. If you are pregnant or have a child under four years old you could get Healthy Start vouchers to help buy some basic foods. This important means-tested scheme provides vouchers to spend with local retailers. Pregnant women and children over one and under four years old can get one £3.10 voucher per week. Children under one year old can get two £3.10 vouchers (£6.20) per week.

Check if you qualify