Friday, February 13, 2009

Fashion and Health

World Mental Health Day Celebrations

Health and social care news
Published: Monday 3rd October 2005
Together We Celebrate World Mental Health Day 2005 is taking place at the Thompson Centre on Sunday 9th October from 11am till 3pm. Come along and try lots of free activities for all ages!!Together We Celebrate World Mental Health Day 2005 is taking place at the Thompson Centre on Sunday 9th October from 11am till 3pm. Come along and try lots of free activities for all ages!!The Positive Mental Health Initiative team at Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale Primary Care Trust in partnership with Burnley Borough Council and other agencies including Burnley College, Sure Start and the mental health charity Mind are holding a day of fun packed activities for young and old alike.Activities on the day will include TaiBo Aerobics, Arm Chair Exercise, Bhangra Dancing, Tai Chi, Holisitc Therapy sessions and lots of activities for children including a bouncy castle, henna painting and face paintingThere will also be free giveaways by Boots!For more information about the day please contact Zen or Nusrat on 01282 657416 or 657405World Mental Health Day is a great opportunity to raise awareness of mental health issues. This year we will be encouraging you to think about how you look after your mental health.
Did you know? Some Mental Health Facts to make you think…
In the UK, there are more suicides on Mondays than on any other day of the week.
1 in 10 people will have some form of depression at any one time.
Around half of all people with depression do not go to their GP.
Among teenagers, rates of depression and anxiety have increased by 70 per cent in the past 25 years.
40 per cent of older people living in care homes are depressed.
One in ten children aged 5 to 15 experience clinically defined mental health problems.

World Health Disorganization
There are so many different things that a person could point their finger at with respect to the poor state of developing countries—poor government, poverty, health care, education; the list goes on. I have chosen to focus my artwork on the health aspect of the problem. However, the fact remains that, to truly elevate the standard of living for those in developing regions, we must look at all the factors, because the development of a nation is not an easy process, nor is it a single-sided one. This is not to say that we should not focus on the different issues, we should just be able to see them in the context of the whole picture. For example, there are issues with poverty because the health and education systems (if at all existing) are not up to par. However, the health and education systems are in such a mess because of armed conflicts which destroy schools and hospitals and draw citizens into these violent clashes.

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Health in Pakistan
Pakistan's high maternal and infant mortality rates reflect the country's shortage of trained health workers and its inadequate health infrastructure in underserved districts throughout the country. Poor-quality water and sanitation and insufficient family planning resources exacerbate these problems in many regions. Moreover, alarming levels of infectious diseases, including tuberculosis, pose a threat that extends beyond Pakistan's borders.
Since USAID's $168.9 million Health Program began in Pakistan in 2003, activities have focused on improving maternal and newborn health services, enhancing the accessibility and availability of family planning products, preventing the spread of major infectious diseases, and increasing access to safe drinking water. The program works in underserved districts in all four provinces, Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).
Improving Maternal Health

The heart, one of the vital organs in the human body, is a powerful pump located behind and slightly to the left of the breastbone and between the lungs. It is a muscle about the size of your fist which contracts and expands using its own bio-electrical system, to continuously pump blood around the body to nourish and provide energy. The pumping of the heart is known as the cardiac cycle, which occurs about 72 times per minute and it pumps blood through network of vessels in the body.
The heart lies at the centre of these complicated network of blood vessels which include arteries and veins. The left side of the heart receives oxygen filled blood from the lungs and pumps it out through the 'arteries' around the body and the right side receives used up-blood containing carbon dioxide through the 'veins' and sends this blood to the lungs to get rid of the carbon dioxide and take in fresh oxygen.
The heart, in the simplest terms, consists of four chambers, two atria (upper chambers) and two ventricles (lower chambers). As the muscles of the heart relax, blood (oxygen filled blood from the lungs and carbon dioxide filled blood from the rest of the body) enters its various chambers. The atrium fill with blood and help move blood into the ventricle. The ventricle supplies the main force that pumps the blood out, through either the lungs or to the rest of the body. As the blood enters the heart, Flaps called valves close quickly to stop any blood leaking backwards and thus control the direction of blood flow. There are four valves; mitral and the tricuspid between the atria and the ventricles and other two, aortic and pulmonary through which blood enters and leaves the heart.
Effects of aging

Moderate exercise is one of the best things you can do to keep your heart and the rest of your body, healthy. Consult with your health provider before beginning a new exercise program. Exercise moderately and within your capabilities, but do it regularly. Exercise helps reduce stress and prevent obesity which in turn is associated with the development of heart disease, diabetes etc. It also helps people with diabetes control their blood sugar.
People who work out seriously and continuously for most of a decade has been seen to cut their age related decline of maximal heart rate in half. Between ages 40-50 check out your VO2 max, the maximum rate at which the muscles use oxygen during peak exercise. The old standard for calculating your target heart rate is (220- your age) x .85. For good cardio fitness, it is advisable to exercise aerobically 90 minutes per week minimum.

Alchohol (Ethyl alcohol or ethanol) made out of Fermented grain, fruit juice and honey is a depressant, and if taken in small amounts relaxes the mind and reduce anxieties. More and more studies have shown that ethanol increases levels of HDL cholesterol (the good stuff) , dilates blood vessels and keeps blood from clotting. But no more than two drinks per day is beneficial and more than that could be detrimental for health.

Should you pay more if you weigh more? That’s what Alabama’s State Employees’ Insurance Board thinks. In 2011 the board will start charging overweight state workers—those with a body mass index greater than 35—$25 a month for health insurance, which is currently free for all state employees.(The state is giving workers a two-year head start; if they sign up for free health screenings and make progress, they won’t face the insurance fine.)Being the second fattest state in the country—behind Mississippi—costs Alabamians lots of money—up to $1.32 billion a year in estimated medical charges, according to a 2004 study.But is a pay-as-you-grow tax fair to the obese? Well, Alabama, like some private employers, already charges an extra fee to state workers who smoke. Private health insurance companies, of course, base their rates—and coverage refusal—on complex data related to the buyer’s health. Some private employers, who often encourage workers to lose weight with onsite diet and exercise programs, are considering more aggressive measures: Next January, one company in Indiana will begin charging employees up to $30 a month for missing health targets based on

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