It often seems that there are many organisations or brands that promote the importance of good health and well being. In this section we briefly introduce who some of these brands are, including:
In 2009 Cardiff became the first Welsh city to be awarded World Health Organization (WHO) Healthy City status, joining only twelve other cities in the United Kingdom.
Achievement of the award is seen as an important step in ensuring Cardiff continues to develop as one of the best places to live in the country and provides a real opportunity for a range of agencies working across the city to improve the health and well being of local people and reduce health inequities and inequalities. It does not mean that Cardiff has achieved a particular health status, rather that it is conscious of health and is strongly committed to improve it and address the inequalities that exist.
Our aim is to help and encourage healthy lifestyle choices, and this website provides information and tips about health and well-being for both individuals and organisations.
Find out more about Cardiff Healthy City.
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Health Challenge Wales was launched in 2004 stating that the health of the nation is not just the responsibility of the Welsh Assembly Government and the National Health Service - everyone has a part to play in improving the health of Wales.
In 2008 the Welsh Assembly Government provided funding to all Local Authority areas in order to develop a local version of Health Challenge Wales with the aim of expanding local health improvement.
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Change4Life is a national campaign that encourages families to eat well, move more and live longer.
These days, 'modern life' can mean that we're a lot less active. With so many opportunities to watch TV or play computer games and with so much convenience and fast food available, we don't move about as much, or eat as well as we used to.
This means that 9 out of 10 kids today could grow up with dangerous amounts of fat in their bodies. This can cause life-threatening diseases like:
- type 2 diabetes and
- heart disease -
So it's really important that we do something about it. Change4Life helps families eat well, move more and live longer.
Find out more about change4life.
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Did you know
- You are entitled to review your medications with your local pharmacist free of charge.
- A healthy balanced diet, taking more exercise and losing weight if necessary may delay the onset of diabetes.
- Young people aged 13-25 years can access free, confidential sexual health advice and condoms from the Cardiff Condom-Card (C-Card) Scheme.
- A reduction in dietary salt intake from 9g to 6g could reduce blood pressure.
- In England and Wales, alcohol misuse leads to some 33,000 hospital admissions each year for alcohol-related liver disease.
- Improving your diet could prevent an estimated third of cancers.
- Over 40% of 5 year olds in Cardiff have one or more decayed teeth.
- Currently, over half of the population of Cardiff are reported to be overweight or obese.
- If you drive at twice the legal alcohol limit you are at least 30 times more likely to cause a road crash, than a driver who hasn't been drinking.
- A healthy balance diet, physical activity and maintaining a healthy body weight have been shown to be effective in the prevention and treatment of hypertension.
- Obesity is associated with a reduction in life expectancy of approximately 9 years.
- Regular exercise can really help if you're feeling depressed, stressed or anxious.
- A diet rich in fruit and vegetables decreases the risk of coronary heart disease.
- Of the people alive today, 650 million will eventually be killed by tobacco.
- An extra portion of fruit and vegetables per day could decrease the risk of coronary heart disease by 4% and stroke by 6%.
- If you are regularly physically active, you are 50% less likely of becoming obese.
- Nearly £2000 a year could be saved by quitting smoking 20 cigarettes per day.
- If you are regularly physically active, you are approximately 50% less likely to develop coronary health disease than those who do not exercise.
- By taking regular physical activity you are at reduced risk of developing osteoporosis.
- Smoking during pregnancy has been identified as a cause of cot death.
- In Wales, the total cost of physical inactivity to the health service and the economy as a whole is estimated at around £650 million per year.
- 6,000 deaths from coronary heart disease in men each year are directly due to alcohol.
- Only 26% of adults in Cardiff undertake the recommended 5 x 30 minutes exercise per week.