Category Public Health

Mums wanted as Volunteer Breastfeeding Champions

Mums are urged to step forward to become new volunteer Breastfeeding Champions in a bid to encourage other mums to breastfeed, continue breastfeeding and help support Infant Feeding Groups across Somerset The new volunteer role launched this week by Somerset County Council is in direct response to mums saying they wanted more breastfeeding support from […]

Take time to prevent an injury

Somerset County Council and partners are urging parents to take simple steps to keep their children safe from danger to mark this year’s National Child Safety Week (5 to 11 June 2017). In Somerset during 2015 there were 1,078 emergency hospital admissions of children aged 0-14 years, as a result of injuries. The top five […]

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 […]

Feel good from the inside outside during Naturally Healthy Month

What do bats, wild singing and meadows have in common? Go wild and have an adventure, get out into the beautiful countryside during Somerset’s first ever Naturally Healthy Month which runs all this May and you will find out… People of all ages have the opportunity to take part in around forty-five different outdoor activities, […]

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 […]