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HEALTHY KNOWSLEY with Councillor Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care

June is a busy month with Men’s Health Week running from 10-16 June and Clean Air Day on 20 June.

Men’s Health Week is a great opportunity to think about simple steps you can do to improve your health and feel good.

It’s the perfect time to make that appointment you’ve been putting off - have that mole or knee pain looked at or just get a general check up. Use Men’s Health Week to make that call and get an appointment with your GP or call in to your local pharmacy. It’s also an opportunity to get moving – go for a walk, swim or bike ride or join that gym that you’ve been thinking about for a while. Find out more about Men’s Health Week at www.menshealthweek.org.uk

Clean Air Day (20 June) provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the important issue of air pollution, as well as the steps you can take to improve air quality both in your local area as well as your home.

We know that air pollution impacts on our health and wellbeing, increasing the risk of heart disease, cancer (particularly lung cancer), diabetes and asthma attacks, but there are some simple steps we can all take to help reduce pollution, including:-

•  Leave your car at home and walk, cycle or take the bus
•  Switch off your engine when stationary
•  When upgrading your car, consider a low polluting alternative such as an electric or LPG model (which will also save you money on road tax too)
•  Save your log burner for the cold winter – consider Defra-approved stoves, use authorised fuel and only light your wood burner when you really have too
•  BBQs are often an overlooked source of air pollution. Use dry, seasoned wood or smokeless fuels
•  Open your windows when cooking or using cleaning products
•  Ensure you have your boiler regularly serviced

Further information about Clean Air Day and other ideas to help you minimise pollution can be found on www.cleanairday.org.uk

 

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