Category Prevention

National Child Measurement Programme underway

Children in 216 Somerset primary schools are taking part in the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) this year. A full 100 per cent of the County’s primary schools have chosen to take part in the nationwide initiative which aims to help reduce childhood obesity. Parents of Reception and Year 6 children will receive letters about […]

Protect your child in the sun

Somerset County Council is encouraging parents and carers to protect children from the harmful effects of the sun at home or abroad this summer. Exposing children to too much sun may significantly increase their risk of skin cancer later in life. Covering up, staying in the shade and using sunscreen are the best ways to […]

Somerset Dementia Collection expands

A popular collection of books which focus on dementia is expanding to appear in a further five libraries across Somerset. Launching during Dementia Awareness Week (14th to 20th May), the increased collection makes the books and the accompanying ‘Books on Prescription for Dementia’ series even more accessible to Somerset residents. There will now be ten […]

Smile! It’s National Smile Month

Somerset County Council is supporting this year’s National Smile Month (May 15 – June 15) which is raising awareness of the value of a healthy smile and the importance of good oral health to maintain it. Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children, affecting more than one in four five year-olds and […]

Make sleep safer for babies

Somerset parents and carers are being asked to take steps to keep their babies safe from harm every time they go to sleep. The advice is part of ‘Safer Sleep Week’, organised by the Lullaby Trust (13-19th March 2017) which aims to ensure parents and carers know the importance of safer sleep and know how […]

Give a special LifeHacks gift this Valentines Day

This Valentine’s Day why not love yourself and your friends by downloading a new free e-book for mental health? The Little books of Mental Health LifeHacks are practical guides packed with ideas and links to support mental health. They include true stories from people who’ve tried out some of the LifeHacks (ways of improving life) […]

Change4Life hits the road to help families “Be Food Smart”

Families in the South West are invited to “Be Food Smart” when Public Health England’s (PHE) Change4Life roadshow travels to towns and cities across the region. Recent reports show that childhood obesity in England has reached alarming rates. Currently, 21.9% of 4 to 5-year-olds are overweight or obese in the South West, increasing to 30.3% in […]

Stay safe and well in severe weather

Somerset County Council is urging people to take extra care and look out for others during the cold and icy weather as the Met Office issues a Level 3 cold weather alert for the South West. The alert is triggered when there is 90% probability of severe cold weather and icy conditions or snow over […]

New film pictures heartfelt call by children to quit smoking

Somerset County Council is supporting a new hard-hitting campaign highlighting the damaging effect smoking has on the heart. The Smokefree Health Harms campaign from Public Health England reveals the two biggest motivators for smokers to quit are their own health and their loved ones. Public Health England has released a short film featuring children’s TV and […]

Going to give Dry January a go?

Drinkers are being encouraged by Somerset County Council to take a break and have a Dry January. The campaign by Alcohol Concern is aimed at social drinkers and encourages them to give up alcohol for the month. Trudi Grant, Somerset Director of Public Health said: “More and more people are taking part in Dry January. It […]