Herald - Issue 458

Page 48 • The HERALD • 30th May 2024 v SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL SPECIALISTS v Health, Beauty & Wellbeing Kit Davison FHP MCFHP MAFHP Qualified Foot Health Practitioner • Corns, Calluses, ingrown toenails, • Athlete’s Foot and thickened toenails. • Toenail and fingernail cutting. Flexible appointments and home visits available. 07752 674591 kdavison@kdfootcare.co.uk http://kdfootcare.co.uk Karen 07590 516009 Wednesday 5.30pm & 7pm Thursdays 7.30am & 9am St John’s Church Hall, Hythe Healthy Heart Tip: Traffic Light Food Labels Heart Research UK Healthy Heart Tip, written by the Health Promotion and Education Team at Heart Research UK Reading food labels can be confusing, and it can be hard to know where to look, with the back-of-pack labels o en feels like navigating through a maze. Most food and drink manufacturers, as well as supermarkets in the UK, now voluntarily display front-of-pack information in a colour-coded ‘tra c light system’. Energy, fat, saturated fat, total sugars, and salt content are commonly displayed in green, amber and red on the front of many food and drink packets to help consumers make informed choices. By being aware of the nutrient content of foods, reading food labels correctly and making healthy swaps, you can keep your heart healthy and live a little longer too. Here are some tips to help you make the healthiest food choices possible. areas highlighted in green as possible. Tra c light labelling can help you to make healthy informed decisions about what brand or type of food you buy. For example, if you are selecting a pre-packed sandwich or a jar of sauce, look at which one has more green sections on the front. Amber, proceed with caution! If you notice that food has amber front-of-pack information, then proceed with caution. is food can still be healthy, and it is advised to opt for foods with mainly green and amber labels, but just be aware not to consume too much of it. Make sure that you are aware of your intake. If you are buying more than one item of food for a meal and they all have amber warnings for salt, then swap one for a healthier lower-salt alternative. Remember high levels of salt, sugars and saturated fats can all impact your heart health. Red, STOP! Are you regularly choosing foods that have lots of red on the labels? Be careful! Consuming foods that are high in fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt have a negative impact on your heart and it is generally advised to avoid those with red labels. Eating these on occasion as a treat and part of a balanced healthy diet is ne, but when they are consumed regularly, they can increase your blood pressure and bad cholesterol levels (LDL). is puts an increased strain on your heart and heightens your risk of cardiovascular diseases. Energy value e energy value of food or drinks is measured and displayed on packets as both calories (Kcal) and kilojoules (kJ). On average, men need to consume around 2500kcals per day and women need approximately 2000kcals. is should be taken into account when choosing your food and drink options. Lower calorie options are o en healthier, but make sure you check the sugar and salt content. If you regularly consume more calories than you burn o , then it is likely you will gain weight. Increased weight is associated with a higher risk of developing heart diseases Go green You should aim to choose foods that have as many Waterside Health Walks Everyone is very welcome to go along and join in any of their walks: Thursday 30th May, 3pm, Old Mill Holbury for a 2.5 mile walk; Monday 3rd June, 10am, Beaulieu Heath for a 2.9 mile walk; Thursday 13th June, 3pm, Ashlett Creek for a 2.4 mile walk; Saturday 15th June, 10.30am, Acres Down car park for a 5.6 mile walk and Monday 17th June, 10am, Matley#2 for a 2.6 mile walk; Contact Mike Roberts on 023 8084 7461 or 07811 361319 for more information about the Waterside Health Walks group. The Kettle is Always On Testwood Baptist Church’s monthly Bereavement Café is held in the lounge at M Johnson Family Funeral Directors, 26-28 Commercial Road, Totton. e Café is run on a ‘drop-in’ basis between 1pm and 2.30pm on the second Monday of each month and is not designed to be a counselling session. Visitors to the Café will receive a warm welcome and a supportive environment for re ection and conversation; a place to nd mutual support and encouragement. e kettle is always on with tea, co ee and a variety of cakes (including a gluten-free option) served by a friendly team of volunteers. The next Café session will be on Monday 10th June. For more information, please contact the Church on: 023 8086 0320 or visit: www.testwoodbaptist.org