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Understanding rosacea: causes, symptoms, skincare and treatmentsDespite so much happening with the #skinpositvity movement, more needs to be done to show real skin on social media especially when it comes to inflammatory conditions likeadult acneandrosacea.

Rosacea is a long-term inflammatory skin condition which usually occurs on the face and affects one in 10 people in the UK, according to research fromBupa, with most in the 30-to-50-year-old age group, or who have fair skin.

The flare-ups that come with the condition are tough to conceal and can be as mentally hard for clients to manage as they are physically, which is why more needs to be done to normalise rosacea in the media, as well as helping clients to manage the symptoms correctly.

We quizzed top facialist Kate Kerr, owner ofKate Kerr London, on why rosacea occurs in the skin, covering the common symptoms and triggers that can exacerbate the issue, and the ways you can effectively treat the condition in your beauty salon or spa.

Rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition that generally affects the middle section of the face (known as the butterfly shape) the forehead, nose, cheeks, above the lips and on the chin. It can also thicken the skin tissue and often when people think of rosacea they think about the bulbous nose, says Kerr.

It is generally categorised into stages with redness, persistent redness, flushing, tingling and burning especially on the cheek area; broken capillaries and enlarged pores. You can also get papules and pustules but these are a bit different to acne spots, protruding above the surface in a more dome-like shape. They also tend to last longer than acne breakouts.

Kerr says that the causes of rosacea are not 100% certain, with some experts thinking it is a 50/50 split between genetics and environmental factors. What we know is that it is a much more common condition in fair skin and in skin that naturally blushes, even from a very young age, she explains.

I treat a huge number of rosacea clients in clinic and when I ask somebody if anybody in the family has had it, generally they tell me that either mum or dad suffers with it. Some clients dont even realise it might be a genetic thing, so I ask them: does your mum or dads skin flush? Have you noticed skin thickening on their nose? You need to ask your clients these key questions.

Persistent redness is one of the best known symptoms of rosacea and it commonly appears across the cheek area, but thats not all, as Kerr explains. Rosacea is an oily skin condition which is what people dont tend to realise. They just think of it as being sensitive skin but often youll find that people who have it will have suffered with acne in their teenage years, she says.

Rosacea is activated by oil and this causes a lot of inflammation you see a lot of vascularity in the skin, and it often starts with flushing, redness, and/or persistent redness and tingling in the cheeks. Broken capillaries are also a common symptom, which you might see in the corner of the clients nose or across the cheeks. Those are the first couple of stages, then you start to get the papules and pustules.

However, the symptoms will vary from client to client and you need to be aware of that when treating customers in salon. Experts tend to talk about the stages with rosacea stages one to four (pre-rosacea, mild rosacea, moderate rosacea and severe rosacea) but I dont think stages is the correct term because clients dont necessarily start at stage one and progress to stage four, explains Kerr.

You may have a customer suffering with symptoms in stage one and two, who then progress further in those two stages more severely, or another client who might just have stage one and three and have it super mild.

Rosacea is a condition that generally does progress it can go into remission or disappear at times, but it will come back. Unless youre treating it, it tends to get worse. As a therapist, you want to prevent the progression because its much harder to claw it back when rosacea has progressed to the later stages, explains Kerr.

With rosacea, the key thing is to make sure your client has a really strong barrier function, so work to strengthen it to prevent transdermal water loss (the evaporation of moisture from the skin), which will help with hydration and make the clients skin glow more.

Kerr also advises working to inhibit oil production, which will help to minimise inflammation. I want rosacea clients to have a really healthy skin cycle, so I get them on a regime which is going to do all these things. I often get them on a retinol to regulate all of the above, helping to thicken and strengthen the skin.

Then I look at things in 12 weeks time, which is two skin cycles, assessing: do we need to go any further with treatment? Do we need to step it up a gear? Or do we need to do a referral to a dermatologist or a GP? For example, say Ive corrected the papules and pustules but the client has still got some underlying redness and broken capillaries, then I would look (after two skin cycles) at using more advanced treatments like lasers, lights or IPL.

Salicylic acid will help control oil production but you also want clients to exfoliate, which a lot of people with an inflammatory skin condition are quite frightened of doing. When you speed up cell turnover, you speed up cell function too, so when people arent exfoliating, theyre accumulating dead cells on the surface which leads to dull skin, explains Kerr.

However, anything can get in when you exfoliate, which makes the skin more on edge the inflammatory systems within the skin are on high alert, so the clients complexion will become more easily inflamed. Strengthen that barrier and follow it with application of lots of antioxidants and sun protection, as the sun is a big trigger for rosacea. Clients also need to look at their diet and alcohol intake as all of these things are triggers for the condition.

I would be very careful with exfoliation, especially microdermabrasion, says Kerr. A lot of advanced treatments are actually very beneficial for rosacea as long as the skin is strong, resilient and prepped. You need to make sure the skin is calm and functioning beautifully first and foremost, then you can boost it further with peels or microneedling, which can help with healthy cell turnover and to refine the skins texture.

It depends on the severity of the rosacea. I also take into account their emotions as well as the physical symptoms. For example, If you have a client who just has some redness, flushing, and a few broken capillaries and spots, then I can treat that in clinic, but if the client has got thickening of the skin tissue, lots of breakouts which happen repetitively and really enlarged pores, then this is more long-term damage that wed like to prevent, so I would recommend a referral to a GP, says Kerr.

I also give clients the opportunity to choose the best course of action for them: I say, we can refer you now; or we can try and treat you in clinic and then refer you if we dont see the results we want; or we can do both I can refer you to a GP and treat you in clinic as I know how rosacea medications work, so I will be able to treat you safely alongside any prescribed medication.

Working in partnership with a medical professional could be the perfect combination for some clients, providing the best of both worlds. Often, when clients see medical professionals for these sorts of things, they are just treating the disease and the symptoms of the disease, theyre not looking at the overall skin health, which is where our expertise as facialists come in, explains Kerr.

The skin is our bodys biggest organ, so we need to check it is functioning well, and that every cell type within it is functioning right, so the client has skin that looks beautiful and is less likely to have disease. I believe in the three-prong treatment approach clinical, medical and skincare. Find out about the medical treatment of rosacea so you can work alongside a GP to help complement what theyre doing.

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Jun 5th, 2020 | Filed under Diet Safely

Are you involved in an exercise program but seeing very little changes in your body or weight? Frustrated that all your hard work doesn't seem to be paying off?

Firstly, it takes a lot of exercise to burn off energy or calories. There are 3500 calories in a pound of fat, for example running a marathon burns 2600 calories, so you see...very hard work for little calories burned.

My advice is to eat for weight loss and train for body composition, its easier that way.

Here are my top tips for getting leaner and created a strong, toned body.

1. Understand and educate yourself on how many calories are in the foods you currently eat. The law of energy balance governs whether we lose or store body fat. Keep track of what you are eating and try and drop calories out of our diet slowly and steadily. A calorie deficit of 500 a day over 7 days a week will enable you to drop a pound of fat a week.

It's easier and more sustainable to reduce calories in your daily diet by 200-300 each day and participate in exercise to burn 100-200 additional calories. This avoids injury, fatigue and encourages awareness of calories and energy balance from weight loss.

2. Don't forget to track the calories bites, licks, nibbles and tastes. It's astounding how many calories you consume just nibbling, finishing off kids leftovers, tasting food during preparation. This could equate to 500 plus calories a day if you are not tracking correctly and could wipe out your calorie deficit. In order to create flexibility in your diet you can give yourself a weekly calorie budget and have a little more calories at times you need them, for example, social occasions.

3. Participate in the exercise you enjoy. You are more likely to maintain it when you enjoy it.

4. Don't neglect your NEAT activity. A common problem is that when we participate in planned physical activity like a class or go for a run we tend to reduce our NEAT activity because we feel "our exercise is complete". Every day try and complete 10k steps in addition to planned exercise. Park your car furthest from the shops or office and get your steps in that way. Take your children for a walk in the park, you'll find it will improve their behavior, sleep and make them healthier too.

5. Prioritise Weight Training as it will have the greatest impact on your body composition and is essential for improving bone and muscle strength as we age. It will improve Insulin Sensitivity, metabolism, and hormonal function. We want to focus on building muscle on top of our skeletal system and then reducting body fat in order to see that lean, toned definition that we have built up in our weight training regime.

There is not much point building up muscle in the gym, only to have it covered with layers of fat. Both my online six week Bikini Body and Over 40 lean and Strong provide a strength-based program with video tutorials to teach you how to lift weights safely and for muscle tone and definition.

6. Be Consistent. Dipping in and out of an exercise program won't make us strong and counting calories half-arsed won't help us lose weight. Setting realistic goals of 1lb a week and participate in 2-3 strength sessions to start off, this is more sustainable than biting off more than you can chew.

You can check out all the programmes listed above on my website. Each program provides support from myself and qualified nutritionists and fitness professionals through a private Facebook community to enable you to reach your desired goals.

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Jun 2nd, 2020 | Filed under Diet Safely

Weight loss was always one of the most searched for topics online, but ever since the lockdown, losing weight at home has become ever so popular, possibly because all of a sudden everyone started to gain weight due to their new, sedentary lifestyle. The good news is that losing weight at home needn't be difficult. You don't need to go full keto for weight loss although, okay, that could help.

To find out which five foods to avoid if you don't want to gain weight at home and five to eat instead for rapid weight loss we spoke to performance nutritionist Simon Jurwik who also happens to be the commercial director at Bulk Powders. In his humble opinion, some simple changes to lifestyle and diet can lead to great results. You don't have to do bodyweight workouts at home or use a running workout although that also might help.

Here are Simon's best tips on lockdown weight loss keeping in shape effectively and safely, with no dramas.

Simon doesn't believe in the idea of inherently 'bad' foods although even he wouldn't recommend chowing down on takeaway every morning. His motto is "everything in moderation". However he adds, "I would say to limit your consumption of the below whilst in lockdown as they are more calorie dense." Makes sense.

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Eat all your five-a-day in one go if you wish

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When it comes to weight loss, Simon vouches for calorie deficit: "You should try and eat a well balanced diet so you get the right amount of nutrients and minerals." Ideally, you would like to eat your five a day, a mix of fruits and vegetables, to make sure your vitamin levels are topped up.

It's easier than you think to add more greens to your meals: have some tomatoes with your breakfast bacon and eggs, have an apple mid-morning, some asparagus and kale with your lunch, a banana in the afternoon and half an avocado with your tea.

That's already more than 'just' five-a-day and it shows just how easy it is to add some extra fibres to your diet. Eating more fibrous can also help you feel fuller for longer, meaning you won't get hungry almost instantly after you had some food.

Simon recommends the following food groups to be included in your diet for effective weight loss:

Drinking more water can certainly help

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As Simon explains, "to avoid weight gain or to lose weight, you need to maintain calories compared to your energy expenditure to avoid weight gain or in a deficit for weight loss."

If this sounds a bit too complicated, here is what it means: you need to eat less than your maintenance calories in order to lose weight. Maintenance calories are what your body needs to function: on average, it is around 2,000 kcal for women and 2,500 kcal for men.

"A good way to do this is tracking your calories so you have a better understanding of how much youre eating." Simon adds "If you dont like specifically calorie tracking, then start monitoring your portion sizes. If you need to lose weight, simply reduce the portion sizes."

Calorie tracking can be made easy with apps like MyFitnessPal which can scan barcodes and do the addition for you, no need to calculate carbs/fat/protein manually.

If you want to lose weight, take in less calories than the ones you spend doing your daily activities. Although an average men burns 2,500 calories, if you spend most of your time at home and don't exercise much, your calorie needs are probably under that 2,500, more closer to 2,000.

Smart scales like the Tanita BC-401 body composition monitor can determine your base metabolic rate just by standing on it. Can'r get much easier than that.

You really should avoid most takeaways. Sorry!

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Is keto diet the key to weight loss?

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Going on a special diet can help, but only if it's controlled and you stick to it. "Ultimately, it comes down to adherence. If you find going lower carb keto diet is easier for you to stick with, then thats a good option. If you prefer intermittent fasting and you find you can stick to it, then thats one to explore" Simon adds.

The keyword here is 'adherence': avoid moving from one fad to the other on a weekly basis. Once you found the diet you can keep to it doesn't have to be an extreme one either just let your body adjust and eventually, you'll see the results.

The most important thing to remember is that once you get healthy, weight loss will come naturally. It's not about chasing after pounds lost; what's more important is to ease yourself into a healthy lifestyle and a sustainable diet. That will make you lose weight and keep it off, too.

Other special diets include the vegan diet, military diet and paleo diet. And loads more. Do we recommend these? Not necessarily but they are there as an option, should you want to try them for weight loss.

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Exercising regularly is not necessary for weight loss but it can certainly help

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In Simon's opinion, it's important to make a distinction between people who already have a certain muscle mass and people who 'just' want to lose weight: "It depends, if youre aiming to maintain a certain amount of muscle mass, you would need to continue exercising and in particular, resistance training, to hold onto the muscle mass you have."

Cardio has long been used for weight loss, let it be running on treadmills, indoor cycling or indoor rowing. But resistance training is also a great way to burn calories as well as doing HIIT workouts. The best resistance training for weight loss are the ones that use compound exercises, like this full body workout or this two-day push-pull workout.

"Similarly, if youve just completed a diet, which incorporated exercising and calorie restriction, youll need to continue completing the same level of exercise to maintain your weight. If you were to just stop, your calorie expenditure would go down and you will likely gain weight" Simon concludes.

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Supplement-wise, Bulk Powders has you covered

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Understandably, Simon knows a lot about topping up your energy levels with supplements: "having the right supplements in the right time can contribute to maintaining/losing weight when incorporated into a balanced diet. For example, if you follow a ketogenic diet, Bulk Powders has several products that are low in carbohydrates such as our Complete Keto Protein Shake, Complete Greens and Electrolyte tablets."

Supplements can come in many shapes and sizes and supplementing your diet doesn't necessarily mean chugging down gallons of protein shakes or weight gainers. Especially if you are following a strict diet, like the vegan diet or the aforementioned keto diet, taking some supplements will be inevitable to support your metabolism.

When using supplements to lose weight, our product Cutting Edge, contains Glucomannan which contributes to weight loss in the context of a calorie restricted diet.

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Jun 2nd, 2020 | Filed under Diet Safely

How should the government act to protect the lives and livelihoods of the public from outbreaks of infectious diseases?

To answer this, it is important to keep detailed records of government responses to the novel coronavirus pandemic so that the policy decisions can be assessed effectively to glean lessons for the future.

Despite its characterization of the outbreak as a historic emergency situation, the Abe administration has failed to keep records of important discussions on how it has dealt with the crisis.

This can only mean the administration does not yet fully grasp the importance of public document management.

It has been revealed that no formal minutes have been kept of the meetings of the expert panel advising the government on its responses to the COVID-19 outbreak.

While the government has produced excerpts of the panels discussions without identifying the speakers, there are no official records of the remarks made at the panels meetings for making informed evaluations of related policy decisions.

The guidelines for official document management stipulate that minutes should be taken of any meetings where policy decisions are made or approved. The government claims as the advisory panel meetings do not fall under this category, there is no need to take minutes.

This stance reflects disregard for the value of official records in general as it is based on a very narrow definition of the meetings subject to this requirement. It also contradicts the remarks about the issue made in a March Diet session by health minister Katsunobu Kato, who then pledged to use stenographers to record every single word uttered at the panel meetings.

These experts are tasked with analyzing the latest situations concerning the infection and making recommendations accordingly. They are all also members of the governments advisory council to discuss basic policies for responding to the pandemic.

Even if policy decisions are not made or approved at the meetings, it can be safely said that they play a very important role in guiding the governments responses to the crisis.

Abe himself has often referred to the opinions of the experts as grounds for his policy decisions while explaining them at the Diet or in news conferences.

The government has said the members of the panel feel more comfortable about expressing their views and opinions when the speakers are not identified.

As some members have started calling for minutes to be kept of their meetings, however, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the government will obey any decision by the panel on this issue, in a sudden shift in stance.

There are stenographic records, if not audio recordings, of the meetings available, according to the government. If so, it should immediately start compiling the minutes.

To secure broad public understanding and cooperation for its policy efforts to contain the virus, the government needs to win the solid trust of the people. This requires the government to actively disclose relevant information to inject a convincing transparency into the decision-making process.

A report compiled by the health ministrys review panel that scrutinized the governments responses to the outbreak of a new influenza in 2009 stressed the importance of providing sufficient and accurate information to the public.

It called for taking steps to secure transparency when seeking opinions from medical and other experts (through formal meetings and other means), including taking minutes.

The measures to deal with the outbreak restrict the freedom and rights of many people and bring huge consequences for the nations economy and society.

The public deserves to know how the government made policy decisions concerning the pandemic and what kind of information it used in doing so.

The Abe administration has a responsibility for making and keeping detailed records of not only discussions at the expert panel but also other discussions and communications involved, including informal talks and exchanges among Cabinet members and those between the government and the ruling coalition.

Such records will be vital for a comprehensive review of the way the government handled the latest public health crisis.

--The Asahi Shimbun, June 2

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Jun 2nd, 2020 | Filed under Diet Safely

Good evening, here are the coronavirus updates you need to know tonight.

Top headlines: Britons head out to enjoy record-breaking heat as officials try to prevent a surge of new cases; World Health Organization, health experts say no evidence of coronavirus becoming weaker

In Canada, 91,647 cases have been reported, more than double the number from 37 days ago. There have also been 49,489 recoveries and 7,325 deaths. Health officials have administered 1,773,164 tests.

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Worldwide, 6,221,339 cases have been confirmed; with 2,670,410 recoveries and 373,163 deaths.

Sources: Canada data is compiled from government websites, Johns Hopkins and COVID-19 Canada Open Data Working Group; international data is from Johns Hopkins University.

Coronavirus explainers: Updates and essential resources Coronavirus in maps and charts Lockdown rules and reopening plans in each province

Staff gather outside the Orchard Villa retirement home on Monday to watch people lay flowers at an event to honour victims of COVID-19 hosted by SEIU Healthcare, a union for front line workers. The Pickering long term care home is one of the hardest hit in the pandemic with over 70 resident deaths. (Melissa Tait / The Globe and Mail)

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A doctor at St. Michaels Hospital in Toronto is leading one of the first large-scale surveys with 10,000 blood kits that will examine participants blood for antibodies that are specific to the virus that causes COVID-19.

There are currently at least 2,068 hospitalized cases, a 13% drop from a week ago. Of those, 302 are in intensive care.

In Ottawa, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the government will provide this years full payment of $2.2-billion in gas tax transfers to municipalities in the coming weeks rather than the usual practice of spreading the transfers over two payments, as an interim measure to offset budget shortfalls cause by the pandemic.

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities said more than a month ago that cities will need at least $10-billion in new emergency funding from the federal government to maintain existing services.

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Manufacturing activity contracted for the third straight month in May, but the pace of decline was less severe than in April, data shows.

Canadas economy shed about three million jobs in March and April combined, while GDP was estimated to have fallen in April by a record 11 per cent month-over-month.

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Answer from Andr Picard: Masks principally protect other people, not the wearer. Coronavirus is spread by respiratory droplets from an infected person. If you wear a mask, you are less likely to spread virus when you cough, sneeze or talk, and less likely to leave germs on surfaces. As the saying goes: Your mask protects me, my mask protects you.

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The frenzy began near the end of March. In the midst of a pandemic, Canadians forced to isolate suddenly expressed an insatiable desire to dig in the dirt.

All across the country, firms that fill seed packets have been swamped. In an unexpected development related to the novel coronavirus, garden-variety growers have become obsessed with obtaining seeds.

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Jun 2nd, 2020 | Filed under Diet Safely

World Milk Day 2020: Milk is one of the best calcium sources

World Milk Day is observed on June 1 each year. This day celebrates the dairy sector and the benefits of dairy products. World Milk day 2020 is promoting #WorldMilkDay and #EnjoyDairy. Since childhood, the need to drink milk has always been emphasised. Milk is one of the best sources of calcium which ensures better bone and teeth health. In India, milk is consumed almost daily commonly for breakfast. Many are not aware of the multiple benefits of milk other than being a good source of calcium. On this World milk Day, here's the list of benefits that drinking milk would offer you.

Milk is a combination of multiple nutrients. Drinking milk can keep you full for longer and may prevent overconsumption of calories. Several studies have also stressed on the link between milk consumption and weight loss. These studies also suggest that hug her intake of dietary calcium can reduce the risk of obesity.

Also read:Is It Healthy To Drink Milk Every Day? What Is The Best Time To Drink Milk? Know Answers From Experts

Protein should be an essential part of your diet. It supports different body functions. Protein is called the building block of the body as it helps in repairing as well as the development of tissues. One cup of milk contains almost 8 grams of protein. It is considered as a complete protein.

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Many know that milk is loaded with calcium. Not just calcium milk can offer multiple other nutrients as well. It contains protein, vitamin B12, potassium, magnesium, thiamine, vitamin A, selenium and more.

Also read:Here's Why You Must Have A Glass Of Milk Everyday

Milk can be safely consumed daily for better nutrition and calcium intake. It can be consumed for breakfast with nuts or other healthy options like oats. Shakes are also quite filling that can be prepared with milk.

Also read:Cow Milk Vs Buffalo Milk: Which Is Richer In Protein And Calcium?

Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. NDTV does not claim responsibility for this information.

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Jun 2nd, 2020 | Filed under Diet Safely

The Residents of Intake Square were dancing in the street as DAZL brought their Garden Groovers project to Middleton last Wednesday (27 May 2020).

Garden Groovers is a one hour outdoor dance session, led by DAZLs professional dance leaders. You dont have to travel and you can keep your safe social distance whilst you make your moves. Its an easy class that anyone of any age can join in, or you can just come to your gate and clap along to the music.

Ian Rodley, DAZLs Director, said:

The sessions have been really successful, we had 70 people engaged at Intake Square, it was fantastic.

I want say a big thank you to everyone who has been involved and especially the Youth & Community Team at BARCA who have been brilliant.

We just want to get people together, get them dancing and having fun. If you want Garden Groovers on your street, get in touch.

Sessions are already lined up for Nesfield Gardens, Sissons Road, Lingwell Approach and Windmill Road.

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Garden Groovers isnt the only thing DAZL has been busy with during the lockdown. As soon as it had to cancel physical classes, DAZL took all their groups online. You can carry on with your weekly dance class via Facebook full details of how to sign up safely are on the DAZL website here.

They have also been delivering food parcels to 40 families in South Leeds each week and from next week they will double that to cover 80 families. The parcels include an activity pack with dance activities for those who cant access the internet. For more information Please contact Amy & Chrisie via email community@dazl.org.uk or Call/Text 07519 018675.

DAZL has been involved in the Healthy Holidays work in Leeds for several years now, providing lunches at their activity camps during school holidays. The work has also involved teaching children about eating a healthy diet.

DAZL isnt just about physical activity, although thats at the core of what we do explains Ian. Its about helping young people to be healthy, whether thats movement, healthy eating or mental health.

DAZLs community focus stretches to a weekly check-in phone call to parents to make sure theyre coping and offer help and advice.

Garden Groovers is funded by Leeds Community Foundations Healthy Holidays and Leeds Inspired

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Jun 2nd, 2020 | Filed under Diet Safely

Wendy Schultz was one of those people gyms count on for profit: She paid for a membership but never went, always prioritizing her business and kids over fitness.

But once the coronavirus pandemic hit, Schultz, who lives in Sarasota, Florida, started walking a few miles a day to get out of the house and relieve stress. By consequence but not intention, she's lost 20 pounds.

"Now I see that I don't need to carve out much time in my day to get in some exercise and improve my health," Schultz told Insider.

She plans to keep it up her routine post-pandemic without setting foot in the gym. She cancelled her membership in March.

Diana Karlinsey's tale has a similar theme. Formerly an avid gym-goer who rotated between three facilities, she's dusted off old fitness DVDs and spent more time outdoors in lockdown. She'll be nixing two of her memberships once the gyms reopen, only resuming an occasional class at the local YMCA where her husband works out.

"I realized that I could get a good workout at home, and I could do it when I wanted," Karlinsky, a retired labor relations specialist in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, told Insider. "I also realized that going to the gym stressed me out, which is the main reason I will be quitting."

People run in New York City amidst coronavirus shutdowns. Crystal Cox/Business Insider

As gyms around the country begin to reopen, anecdotes like these raise the question: Do we even need them?

Risks related to spreading or contracting the novel coronavirus aside, life without gyms has coincided with some people who were formerly inactive getting moving and those who love the gym getting creative.

Others have found the absence of gyms and emergence of other options has eliminated some of the barriers that kept them from exercising in the first place.

And, the reasons many are seeking exercise today to relieveanxiety, boost confidence, and gain energy are those research suggests lead to lifelong fitness the way a gym discount, social media challenge, or weight goal rarely can.

People speculated that lockdown measures would only exacerbate our country's sitting problem and surely lead to weight gain with the "quarantine 15," but it's not clear that's happening. In some cases, the reverse is.

Data from digital health company Withings, for example, found that while on average people's daily step count dropped 7% when lockdown measures were put in place, states with historically more sedentary populations actually started moving more. In West Virginia, the eighth least-active state in the US, daily step counts increased 9%.

Another survey of 2,913 people around the world found that while people who were already quite active are cutting themselves some slack or simply unable to keep up their intense routines during the pandemic, people who previously exercised once or twice a week became 88% more active when stay-at-home orders were put in place.

Those who normally exercised three times a week upped their game 38%.

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Mallory Bradford, a tech company employee in Chicago, is one of them. She used to take classes at a gym once or twice a week, but couldn't run a mile without stopping. Now, she can run six and is considering training for a triathlon sans gym.

"Sweating with other people? No thank you, ever, for as long as I live or at least until there's a vaccine," she told Insider.

The absence of gyms has spawned massive libraries of virtual workouts, and in some neighborhoods, a cultural acceptance for jumping rope in a closed-down street, doing burpees in a 6-foot circle in the park, or hula-hooping on your lawn.

In other words, we're redefining what "exercise" means, and that's a good thing for those who recoil at the word alone.

"People believe that there are right and best places to be active, and it's usually formal exercise in a gym," Michelle Segar, a behavior change scientist at the University of Michigan, told Insider. "That gets in people's way."

For years, it got in Jen Doran's way. The Long Island travel industry worker and mom dreaded going to the gym and so by default, doing any exercise because her large chest made her not only uncomfortable, but self-conscious, working out.

Once she found online "quick burn" workouts (and a better bra) about a year ago, she started to enjoy movement and the ability to take her routine on the road. With the help of a medical team and diet changes, she lost 50 pounds and quit her gym membership during the peak of her weight loss.

Now, about a year later, Doran is especially grateful she'd already mastered working out from home. She stays motivated "knowing what my body is able to do now [at 43] that I couldn't do at 25," she told Insider.

Nearly 80% of US adults in a Washington Post-University of Maryland poll are opposed to gyms reopening now. Half of 6,636 US gym members in another poll said they won't return.

But eventually, some will, and should slowly and safely. Fitness and health clubs are a $30 million industry in the U.S., critical to the economy and many people's livelihoods.

And plenty of people, including yours truly, really like them. You simply can't recreate the camaraderie of a fitness class, hands-on attention of a yoga class, or the presence of a swimming pool through Zoom.

Coach and manager of "Body Staff Gym" fitness centre Mabchour Mourad tests a machine in southwestern France, on the eve of the reopening of the gym. Mehdi Fedouach/Getty Images

But their shutdown has allowed, or perhaps forced, some gym rats to get creative with their routines, and that's not a bad thing.

"Anything we have a long-term relationship with careers, marriages, parenting Segar said. Our relationship with physical activity is no different. "Resilience is about rolling with the punches," she said.

Practically speaking, changing it up "will allow your body rest and healing, decreasing your chances of overuse injury, while simultaneously strengthening areas previously neglected," Dr. Jebidiah Ballard, an emergency medicine physician, previously told Insider.

Psychologically speaking, trying new (or old) activities like outdoor running or indoor dancing can be empowering because whether or not you return to or join a gym post-pandemic, "the reality is, these options will always be there," Segar said.

For Dick Lynch, a retired business professional quarantining in Burlington, Wisconsin, rediscovering running after a several-year hiatus has been "incredibly pleasurable," giving him time to think unlike his pre-pandemic CrossFit workouts.

While he'll eventually return, "I would not have gone back to running if not for the virus," he said.

Not everyone has the desire, ability, or privilege of being more active during the pandemic. Some people aren't safe exercising outside, others are coping with losses of loved ones and jobs, and some are healthiest if they take these months to simply be still.

But many of those who are discovering or rediscovering movement are doing so for the reasons that give them a shot at maintaining their routines when society reopens.

Quite simply: They want to feel better right now.

Segar, who wrote "No Sweat: How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness," calls this "the right why" that movement brings on an immediate boost in mood, energy, confidence, and other positive emotions.

Research shows that type of "high-quality" motivation is lasting, while exercising because you want to fit into your pre-pandemic jeans, you signed up for a race, or you're paying for a personal trainer is not.

Being freed up to simply move one way to today and then adjust your strategy tomorrow based on whatever didn't feel right a "learning," not "achieving" mindset is also a pillar of sustainable fitness, Segar says.

Circles designed to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus by encouraging social distancing line San Francisco's Dolores Park, Thursday, May 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger) Associated Press

Plus, people who've been at a fitness routine for at least six weeks have a good chance of continuing it post-pandemic, since that's about how long it takes to form a habit, Dr. Mimi Winsberg, a triathlete, psychiatrist, and chief medical officer at mental health telemedicine service Brightside, told Insider.

That's the case for Ashley Bernardi, who committed to practicing yoga daily over two months ago to get some peace of mind between homeschooling her three kids and running her public relations business while her essential-employee husband went to work.

Now, she says, "it's become a habit like brushing my teeth, so I don't think it's going to disappear when things open up again."

If stories like hers continue to come out of the pandemic, Winsberg said, "Hallelujah. That would be wonderful side effect."

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When you think of a full English breakfast, crispy hash browns, runny egg yolk and sizzling sausage springs to mind - but one amateur chef has divided opinion by adding a colourful vegetable to the mix peas.

Jessica Ms post appeared on the popular Twitter page Rate My Plate, whereby fellow food enthusiasts are invited to judge other peoples meals. The picture of her impressive fry-up creation includes sausages, hash browns, gammon steaks, fried egg, and baked beans as well as the bizarre choice of a generous helping of peas.

The post has since sparked a heated social media debate, with a number of Twitter users jumping to Jessicas defence. One pea lover argued Good enough for me! Love peas and happy to have them for breakfast!.

For many Twitter users, having peas for breakfast is a step too far - one user claimed the addition was a No no never peas. Crime against breakfast, while another said OMG! Who has peas with breakfast??. A third person shared their sentiment by professing that Its a criminal offence to consumer peas before noon.

Not one to miss a pea-related debated, frozen food giant Birds Eye, who have been growing British peas in the UK since 1946, weighed in, retweeting the original picture and asking its followers for their thoughts on whether peas belong on the same plate as a Full English Breakfast.

Helen Fraser, Senior Brand Manager at Birds Eye, said: We know Brits are crazy for peas, in fact the average person eats nearly 9,000 a year - but we can safely say weve not seen them added to an English breakfast before! Its great to see Jessica adding some colour (and goodness) to her meal, and while it isnt a combination weve thought of eating before, our Sunday fry up might feature a burst of green this weekend!

The British Growers Association Yes Peas campaign, which promotes peas in the UK diet, has come up with a pea-based breakfast recipe for Green baked eggs with peas and leeks.

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People who had the coronavirus are allowed to meet with others after theyve gone at least three days with no fever, new Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines say.

The CDC has updated its guidelines for when people who have had the novel coronavirus can safely see others.

According to the new recommendations, patients are allowed to meet with others after theyve gone at least three days with no fever.

Additionally, their symptoms need to have improved and at least 10 days need to have passed since they first noticed symptoms.

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The updated guidelines come as states begin to reopen their economies and people begin considering going back to work and school.

They can also safely see each other if its been 10 days since they first noticed symptoms.

The CDC says people who test positive for the virus are still contagious so waiting 10 days helps symptoms pass.

People with conditions that weaken their immune system might need to stay home longer than 10 days, the federal health agency said.

If you are exposed to someone who had a confirmed case of the virus, then you must stay home for at least 14 days to see if symptoms develop.

Depending on your healthcare providers advice and availability of testing, you might get tested to see if you still have COVID-19, the CDC wrote.

If you will be tested, you can be around others when you have no fever, symptoms have improved, and you receive two negative test results in a row, at least 24 hours apart.

However, not having symptoms or testing negative isnt a substitution for practices including social distancing and good hand hygiene.

Limit touching frequently touched surfaces such as kiosks, digital interfaces such as touchscreens and fingerprint scanners, ticket machines, turnstiles, handrails, restroom surfaces, elevator buttons, and benches as much as possible, the CDC wrote.

If you must touch these surfaces, as soon as you can, wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water or rub your hands with sanitiser containing 60% alcohol, it adds.

The agency also advises using contactless payment and trash cans with foot pedals whenever possible.

If you are using a taxi or a ride share, the CDC recommends opening windows to improve air circulation in the vehicle.

Limit the number of passengers in the vehicle to only those necessary, the agency suggests.

Avoid pooled rides or rides where multiple passengers are picked up who are not in the same household. Sit in the back seat in larger vehicles such as vans and buses so you can remain at least six feet away from the driver.

If you are taking public transit, the CDC advises riding during off-peak hours, traveling six feet apart and frequent hand cleaning.

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