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Become a COVID-19 Community Champion!

Do you want to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by sharing clear and consistent messages in your local community? If so, then why not register to become a COVID-19 Community Champion! The idea is that Merton Council Public Health team will provide Community Champions with the latest campaign materials on COVID-19 and the Community […]

Healthy soup

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The Lockdown Benefits: A U-Turn in Health!

Today I felt like writing down my experiences as a health advisor at One You Merton.  Our team of health advisors here at One You Merton offer lots of support to help you improve your diet, motivate you to be more active, support you in drinking less alcohol and we also provide support to stop […]

Know Your Numbers Week 2020

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Know Your Numbers 2020 – You ARE in control!

Blood Pressure UK’s Know Your Numbers! Week 2020 runs from Monday 7th to Sunday 13th September.  Blood Pressure UK is the UK’s leading blood pressure charity working to lower the nation’s blood pressure to prevent disability and death from stroke and heart disease. Around a third of people in the UK have high blood pressure, […]

SMART goals

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Rain, rain go away!…really?

It was raining, I enjoyed my extended lazy morning in bed. Tried to seal the lips of my heart and shut my eyes to the rising sun. There went another plan into the world of slumber. There comes a point when the world pauses to awaken our senses and forces us to take notice. Should […]

Swan with cygnets

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Reconnecting with nature

In the first few weeks of lockdown, I felt lazy and somewhat depressed.  I couldn’t pull myself out of it. All the household jobs I’d told myself would get done when I had more time, remained undone; I lacked interest and motivation. I was constantly in the kitchen, getting myself snacks and I soon felt […]

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The slopes of cycling

I have had a gaping developmental delay in my cycling ambition. It started off when I taught my brother to cycle. Well, pushing him down slopes was not at all difficult and it was a success. I have no memory of anything else – typical of memories. Fast forward five years down the line, my […]

Elephant drawing

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LOCKDOWN: ENJOY THE PAUSE!

I must say, when the lockdown began, abruptly; the first instant benefit I could see and feel was the slowing down from life’s exhaustive, non-stop ‘run’ or ‘chase’ as I call it. Lockdown made the impossible – possible. This sudden halt did jerk the daily routine; which had its place and discipline. The to-do-bucket-list suddenly […]

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Co-existing with Covid-19

The enforced full stop to the society as I knew was never a concept I envisaged. Yet it did dawn upon me and it did leave its footprints. Most people who know me would know that I have a dislike for phones, especially mobile phones. I am a chatty, face to face person. Stage 1 The phone wouldn’t stop. […]

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Quit smoking for Ramadan 2020

Ramadan is an annual Islamic month of fasting, worship, prayer, spirituality and reflection for 29 to 30 days in which smoking, eating, drinking and the use of tobacco products are strictly forbidden during fasting hours. If you are a smoker then it can be very challenging during the month of Ramadan, especially during the fasting […]

Healthy dinner

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Healthy eating on a budget

There is a presumption that eating healthy is expensive however this is not the case. In fact, takeaways and ready meals are likely to cost more and end up being less nutritious, higher in calories, saturated fat, sugar and salt. Tips – Batch cooking can save you time and cooking from scratch allows you to […]