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Most foods have several different types of sugar. Food such as fruit, vegetables and milk has sugar within its structure. As these contain useful nutrients, you don’t need to cut down on them.

Most people need to cut down on free sugars. These are the sugars that aren’t contained within the structure of the food.

For example: cakes, fizzy drinks (added by the manufacturer), you use while making or preparing your own food. They’re also found in honey, syrup and unsweetened fruit juice.

For more information visit: Action on Sugar

National Obesity Awareness Week - 11-17 January 2021

Posted on January 28, 2021 at 8:25 AM

Obesity in the UK has become a problem. So, National Obesity Awareness Week aims to tackle the issue. It reminds us about the health issues, and what we can do to about it.

National Obesity Week

From a physical activities view, here are some tips for overcoming the possible barriers in being more physically active:

Financial restraints

  • Exercise at home

  • Use an off peak membership

  • Use a PT with a buddy up special offer.

Lack of time

  • Prioritise and manage your diary

  • Reduce the exercise session time to fit it in

  • Exercise while watching TV or taking the dog for a walk!


  • Exercise with a friend / friends

  • Give yourself a challenge or goal to work towards.

  • Reward yourself


  • Join a male / female only gym.

  • Exercise at home.


  • Exercise with a friend so you can encourage each other to get off the sofa and exercise for longer.


  • Often confused with mental fatigue,

  • exercise gives you more energy.

  • Exercise with a friend.


  • Exercise within the limits of the illness.

  • Rest appropriately and do not see the time off negatively – once well again off you go!


  • Exercise the non-injured areas.

  • Rest appropriately

The weather

  • Dress appropriately for the weather.

  • Take precautions.

  • Exercise indoors.

Negative views of physical activity / exercise

  • (bad experiences in the past) Chose activities different to those that are associated with the bad experiences.

  • Do fun classes and activities which focus on enjoyment rather than goals.

Lack of knowledge

  • Research on the internet.

  • Speak to friends.

  • Ask a gym instructor or PT for advice and goal setting ideas.

Mental Health Awareness Week 2020: #KindnessMatters

Posted on May 18, 2020 at 6:45 AM

It's Mental Health Awareness Week from 18-24 May.

Every year, a different theme is highlighted, and this year focuses on Kindness.

During our pandemic we've shown kindness by;

  • volunteering;

  • supporting groups to go online;

  • showing the NHS our appreciation; and

  • making sure our friends and family are OK.

I feel when we say "how are you?" it doesn't feel we're making small talk, we genuinely mean it. More importantly, we're learning to look after ourselves better by:

  • exercising

  • relaxing

  • learning to work from home

  • being self compassionate if we have a hard day

The list goes on.

This week is a great time to reflect on our mental wellbeing, which is different for each person. Appreciate the great stuff and plan how to improve things. Our Yate Active Wellbeing Group will always listen and support you and your decisions.

What is Stress?

Posted on March 26, 2018 at 6:10 AM

We all experience stress. Very useful when being attacked by a dinosaur. Therefore, stress isn’t always harmful, as it supports us in meeting our challenges. However, too much stress can be damaging. It can cause illness and physical and emotional problems.

Major causes of stress include:

• Financial worries

• Relationship issues

• Moving House

• Bereavement

• Work, school life or study pressure

• Unemployment

• Divorce

• Changing career

Signs and symptoms of stress:

• Loss of concentration

• Heightened sensitivity to criticism

• Signs of tension such as nail biting

• Disturbed sleep

• Problems getting to sleep

• Problems waking up

• Drinking more alcohol than usual

• Smoking more than usual

• Increase irritability

• Loss of appetite

• Skin problems

These suggestions may help:

• Talk to friends and family about your thoughts and worries

• Allocate time for organising yourself

• Learn breathing techniques

• Take regular exercise, for example, go for a walk

• Think positively

• Try to recognise what’s causing your stress

• Get enough sleep

• Eat a well balanced diet

• Accept offers of help

Getting advice, information and support:

NHS Direct


The Royal College of Psychiatry



0845 456 0455



0845 766 0163



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