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Shape Up for 2017 is an all-Wales health and wellbeing awareness campaign. We hope to inspire the people we support, our staff and if you are reading this...perhaps you too!  

Each month, we will be providing interesting articles, tips and signposting you to various health organisations, in a bid to support people and communities to think more positively about health and wellbeing.


We will be organising various local events and activities, offering you the opportunity to take part.  

You may already be taking part in activities that get you out and about.  If you are, we would love to hear from you so that we can publicise what you do and encourage other people from your area to participate.   Meeting new people from your community and getting active can really help you feel happier and healthier. 

If you or someone you support would like to become part of our Shape Up to 2017 working group, please get in touch.


11th May 2017 - 500 mile challenge - BLASTED! 

A massive congratulations to all those who took part in the 500 mile challenge in the North region.  A total of 1043 miles was achieved during the month so the original target was absolutely smashed!

If you are thinking of doing something similar in your services do get in touch and let us know. 

28th April 2017 - lets talk gardening with John



Hi, my name is John and I am 88 and live near Hay on Wye with my wife and daughter. I put my good health down to eating good home grown food.  This is what I have been doing in my garden this month.....

I've planted radish and beetroot.  You can plant them straight into composted soil but they will be more successful if you grow them as seedlings first.  You need to thin out the spindly, weakest ones to allow others to grow.  I've also planted cauliflower and broccoli, a few early potatoes, broad beans, cabbages, shallots and onions. 

If you don't have a garden, you can easily grow lettuce seeds in containers and pick the leaves as you need them! You can also grow radishes and carrots in pots. I use my own compost too from old plant cuttings and raw fruit and veg peelings.  You can even make your own seedling pots from newspapers - click here to find out how. 

Here's a handy tip that I use to protect plants from frost - get up as early as you can and use water to spray the frost from the plants using a hose or watering can.

Why not have a go at making a healthy broccoli and cauliflower soup.

More from me in the coming months......




13th April 2017 The Race is On!

People in North Wales have been getting active and busy putting in the miles towards their 500 mile challenge.  The challenge is not up to one person to achieve it is all about trying to reach the target together, walking, running, cycling, out and about in a wheelchair.  So far they have achieved 170 miles!  Keep up the good work!!

Bridgend have been doing their own thing and Malcolm started the challenge off with a session on the Wii bike, closely followed by Lloyd and friends.  If you feel like having a go, pop into the Bridgend office or alternatively, record the miles by doing your own activity, make sure you record it and add it to the list!  Take a photo too and send it to us as we'd love to see you getting active.

2nd April 2017

After years of Government and media campaigns, we know that eating a healthy balanced diet of fruit and veg is important and we should have our '5 a day'.   But if I was to ask you, what's your daily recommended daily allowance of sugar?  I bet you couldn't tell me. 

I've asked others this question and each struggled to give me the correct answer.  Truth is I didn't know either. Despite numerous Government campaigns and media coverage, are we becoming desensitised and only filtering what we feel we need (and want) to know?

As I sit here researching this article, clutching my cup of tea, milk with 2 sugars (*guilty face).  I am surprised to learn that eating too much sugar can lead to weight gain, which in turn increases your risk of health conditions such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.  *Puts cup down.

Now before you rush out to the kitchen to eradicate all that sweet stuff from your life, it's probably a good idea to start by just cutting down.  It's like those energy saving campaigns that advise you to turn your heating down a notch, just cut your sugar down a notch.  Little changes can make a big difference.

However, it is important to note that if you are thinking of making any changes to your diet, it's always a good idea to speak to a health professional first, especially if you have any pre-existing health conditions.

Keeping track of what's in your food can be difficult; and trying to identify how much sugar is contained in the things you consume can be confusing, they don't make it easy do they?  For example low-fat and 'diet' foods often contain extra sugar to help improve their taste and palatability and to add bulk and texture in the place of fat.Sugar Smart App

During my quest to make this a little easier, I came across the 'Change for Life Sugar Smart App.  It's free and available to download in App Store or Google Play Store, so handy for your phone.

This nifty little App is an eye opener and actually a lot of fun.  It allows you to scan the barcode of your food or drink item and hey presto, it gives you the total sugar content in sugar cubes.  Helping you to make informed choices and stay within your recommended daily allowance. 

Which by the way is:

Recommended daily allowance for people over the age of 11 :

Women - 25g or 6tsp of sugar

Men - 37g or 9 tsp of sugar

So now you know the answer.  Perhaps paying a little more attention to some of those health campaigns is a good idea after all.

By Jenny Evans, (Marketing Officer for Cartrefi)

You can learn more about how sugar affects your health here.


And for a bit of fun...Why not take a sugar quiz and see how much you think you know...

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