World Breastfeeding Week makes a world of difference

Local health leaders are raising awareness of the environmental and health benefits of infant feeding as well as the support available to mark World Breastfeeding Week. World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. Not everyone chooses to…

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Leeds Homeshare householder celebrates 100th birthday

A participant in an innovative Leeds City Council homeshare scheme has celebrated her 100th birthday this week. Joining family members and many other well-wishers to congratulate Roundhay resident Margaret Marshall on reaching the fantastic milestone, which included a special birthday card from Her Majesty, the Queen, were former Home sharers Holly and Jon, both…

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City unites to help those in need

Leeds City Council has joined forces with Voluntary Action Leeds and a network of other local charities to deliver care to anyone in need across the city. Following last week’s unprecedented announcements many people had already made the difficult decision to self-isolate. Monday’s Prime Ministerial announcement means now even more people will be restricted…

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Leeds City Council wins national care award

Leeds City Council has won a national award for its work to improve the skills and leadership of people who work in the social care sector. The council scooped the ‘best employer support for registered managers’ award at a prestigious ceremony in London where it was presented with a Skills for Care Accolade trophy…

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Residents urged to look after their hearts

Residents across Leeds are being targeted with a major new campaign to reduce coronary heart disease and stroke. The initiative comes just months after stark warnings that our region has the highest death rate in England attributed to coronary heart disease. Every month, around 1,100 people in Yorkshire are killed by heart and circulatory…

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New ‘Spot of Lunch’ campaign launches in Leeds

A new ‘Spot of Lunch’ campaign launches in Leeds highlighting alcohol as a cause of breast cancer, with research showing more than 60% of UK women are unaware of breast cancer risks associated with alcohol. Leeds City Council launches the campaign in partnership with the Yorkshire and the Humber Alcohol Alliance across TV, online…

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Bronze Birthday Present for Leeds Food Partnership

After just one year, the Leeds Food Partnership (LFP) is celebrating winning a prestigious accolade, The Sustainable Food Cities Bronze award. Set up in 2018, the partnership celebrates good food and helps address health inequalities by reducing food poverty, supporting local food businesses, reducing the environmental impact of food, influencing the trade and consumption…

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New funding promises extra support for people with alcohol problems

As part of new national capital funding awarded by Public Health England (PHE) to help improve the lives of those affected by alcohol, Leeds will be extending the existing programme of alcoholic liver disease testing through the purchase of three FibroScan machines. A new programme established in Leeds to identify individuals with alcohol-related liver…

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Plans move forward for new extra care housing across the city

Senior councillors in Leeds will be discussing a programme to deliver new council-owned extra care housing at a meeting next week. At the council’s executive board meeting to be held at Civic Hall on Wednesday 19 December, members will be updated on the progress made in the delivery of the extra care housing programme,…

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NHS Health Check plans get the all clear for Leeds

With a successful record of delivering the NHS Health Check programme at a level almost ten per cent higher than the national average, Leeds is looking to improve uptake of the checks – aimed at preventing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease and certain types of dementia – even more. NHS Health…

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Getting into good habits in Leeds

Former smokers in Leeds are a growing band new figures show, as the annual Stoptober campaign comes to an end. Leeds smoking rates are continuing to fall and are now the lowest in West Yorkshire new data released by Public Health England shows. Smoking rates have halved from the millennium, when around a third…

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East meets West at Abbey’s mindfulness fest

Ancient traditions from East and West will come together in the historic grounds of Kirkstall Abbey next month during a festival of mindfulness and meditation. The beautiful ruins of the 12th Century Cistercian abbey will be the setting for a two-week programme of events to mark World Mental Health Day on October 10. And…

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