Sheffield has been ranked as the second most stressed out city in the UK, according to a new survey released by insurance group AXA. According to the report 86 per cent of people who live in Sheffield say they are stressed at least some of the time during a typical week, the second highest score in the UK behind Cardiff. The research which forms part of AXA’s Stress Index, is based on a survey of 4000 adults in the UK. The report also found seven per cent of Sheffield residents feel stressed constantly, 41 per cent say their personal finances are the main cause of their stress, 37 per cent are worried about their health and 36 per cent are concerned about the health of their friends and family. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to stress expert Eugene Farrel.
More than a third of people are unaware of the dangers of diabetes related foot ulcers which untreated can lead to foot amputations, a new survey from Diabetes UK has revealed. Diabetic foot ulcer is a major complication of diabetes with 80 per cent of diabetes related amputations arising from unhealed ulcers. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Stephen Ryan, head of the North of England region for Diabetes UK.
Sheffield researchers claim expressing gratitude can bring benefits for health, empathy, self-esteem, reduced aggression and better sleep. Dr Chris Blackmore and Dr Fusida Siros from the University of Sheffield are behind the idea of Good News Friday, encouraging the public to declare their thanks for something, whether big, small, personal or universal. A Wall of Gratitude has been set up in the Moor to collect declarations from the public. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
A new smartphone app developed by the University of Sheffield and the University of Derby is helping residents determine how city living affects our health and well being. ‘Shmapped’ invites users to record good things they see around them, and the information provided will be used by town planners to design better spaces in the future. It may also help people better enjoy their surroundings. Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust are using the app to engage communities throughout the summer in free guided walks around Sheffield’s parks, nature reserves and canals. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!
Sheffield Council has announced its support for an initiative to provide free vitamin tablets to pregant women and babies in a bid to eradicate rickets and to give a healthy start to life. Rickets is a preventable disease yet one which is also on the rise. It is caused by vitamin D deficiency resulting from a lack of exposure to sunlight. The council is now backing the healthy start campaign to reduce the prevalence of rickets. Sheffield Live reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Greg Fell, director of public health at Sheffield City Council.
Charity activists were out in Barker’s Pool at the weekend to raise public awareness and understanding of stillbirth and neonatal deaths, as part of Sands Awareness Month. According to the national Sands charity, 15 babies a day are still born or die just after birth. A Sheffield chapter of the Sands charity has been recently formed and is organising the local Sands awareness campaign. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Local charity Sheffield Young Carers took to the streets with a beat bonanza to mark Carers Week 2017 and to celebrate their 20th anniversary. The organisation ‘Fun Drum’ provided rhythm and movement mayhem with passers-by invited to grab a drum and get involved. Sheffield has an estimated 7,300 young carers. Carers Week is a national campaign which aims to raise awareness of caring, the challenges carers face and the contribution they make. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!
Community parks and play facilities are set to benefit from £1.5m funding by Sheffield City Council over the next three years. A recent parliamentary inquiry highlighted a countrywide crisis in community parks, with declining facilities and under-investment. The majority of the funding will come from the city’s public health budget, with a focus on reducing gaps in health-related deprivation across the city. It is also expected to lead to the creation of new jobs. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to councillor Mary Lea, cabinet member for culture, parks and leisure.
In support of Eating Disorder Awareness Week, Sheffield Hallam University student Jessica Mell has spoken of her own personal struggle with food and how she addressed the problem. Jessica is studying Nutrition and Public Health at Sheffield Hallam University and is also President of the Mental Health Society at Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union. Simon Thake reports for Sheffield Live!
Findings emerging from the Yorkshire Health Study show, on average, adults in Yorkshire are using two or three prescribed medications per day. The study, led by researchers at Sheffield University, employs a questionnaire survey to provide insight into the health of the people of Yorkshire and to improve services for those most in need. Since 2010 almost 30,000 adults have filled in the health questionnaire as part of the region-wide research. A further 800 people have also assisted through interviews or testing of new health treatments or services. Sheffield Live! reporter Simon Thake spoke to project leader Dr Clare Relton.