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Health in focus this April

Health in focus this April
Created on 05/04/2013 16:02:00

Health is very much in focus this month with World Health Day 2013 – Sunday 7 April - marking the anniversary of the founding of The World Health Organisation (WHO) in 1948.

Each year a theme is selected for World Health Day that highlights a priority area of public health concern in the world and the theme for 2013 was high blood pressure.

Controlling high blood pressure

If left uncontrolled, high blood pressure can also cause blindness, irregularities of the heartbeat and heart failure. The risk of developing these complications is higher in the presence of other cardiovascular risk factors such as diabetes. One in three adults worldwide has high blood pressure. The proportion increases with age, from 1 in 10 people in their 20s and 30s to 5 in 10 people in their 50s.

Prevalence of high blood pressure is highest in some low-income countries in Africa, with over 40% of adults in many African countries thought to be affected.

However, high blood pressure is both preventable and treatable. In some developed countries, prevention and treatment of the condition, together with other cardiovascular risk factors, has brought about a reduction in deaths from heart disease. The risk of developing high blood pressure can be reduced by:

  • reducing salt intake
  • eating a balanced diet
  • avoiding harmful use of alcohol
  • aking regular physical activity
  • maintaining a healthy body weight
  • avoiding tobacco use

Technology Park pioneers occupational health 

Continuing the health theme,  the forward-thinking Langstone Technology Park in Havant which runs an on-site, daily drop-in occupational health clinic for staff as part of its managed office space and office space to rent in Hampshire.

Their Occupational  Health team will soon be offering Occupational health assessments for workers at The Park to provide them with a professional assessment  of their individual health and well-being across many areas, including cholesterol, body fat ratio, lung capacity, glucose and general fitness diet.  In addition to their support for World Health Day, they also supported No Smoking Day in March and have a whole host of information about all aspects of health available to read and take away.

For further information on Langstone Technology Park facilities and office space rentals, call 022239-249 7603.

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