walking cycling – Company Of Cyclists http://companyofcyclists.com/ Mon, 07 Feb 2022 13:00:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://companyofcyclists.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-7-120x120.png walking cycling – Company Of Cyclists http://companyofcyclists.com/ 32 32 Budget cuts threaten London’s cycling infrastructure https://companyofcyclists.com/budget-cuts-threaten-londons-cycling-infrastructure/ Mon, 07 Feb 2022 13:00:10 +0000 https://companyofcyclists.com/budget-cuts-threaten-londons-cycling-infrastructure/ If you are a cyclist living in London or planning to tour the city and see it by bike, be aware that cycling in the city may soon be more dangerous as planned improvements to the city’s cycling infrastructure may have to be reversed. because there won’t be any money for it. London Mayor Sadiq […]]]>

If you are a cyclist living in London or planning to tour the city and see it by bike, be aware that cycling in the city may soon be more dangerous as planned improvements to the city’s cycling infrastructure may have to be reversed. because there won’t be any money for it.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced that the city’s roads will become more dangerous for cyclists if road safety programs are scrapped, as the UK government has cut funding to Transport for London (TfL), the body local responsible for maintaining the city’s cycling and walking infrastructure. TfL faces a huge budget shortfall and has also warned of massive cuts to bus, tube and road services if its funding is cut. The agency also said discussions with the government were continuing in its attempt to secure long-term financial assistance.

Providing safer cycling conditions would help local authorities reduce pollution by encouraging more people to cycle. © Profimedia

One of the main reasons for TfL’s revenue shortfall is reduced public transport fare revenue due to the Covid pandemic. This suggests that other cities planning improvements to cycling infrastructure could suffer the same fate for the same reason. TfL’s current emergency bailout deal with the government was due to expire on February 4, but the deal has been extended for two weeks. If there is no deal before this deadline, TfL’s Healthy Streets budget, which is for cycling and walking projects, will face a forced cut of £473million and have a budget shortfall of £1.5 billion by 2024-25.

To keep its budget viable, TfL has made emergency proposals which include scrapping walking and cycling schemes, as well as ending its Direct Vision scheme to protect vulnerable road users from lorries. Khan said this would have serious consequences for planned improvements in road safety and force TfL to adopt a policy of “managed decline” as further infrastructure projects will be shelved. “The bad news is that the managed decline not only means that we cannot progress at the rate that cyclists want, but that we will not be able to preserve the junctions that we have. [improved]“Khan told the Evening Standard.

Failure to improve cycling infrastructure could also prevent people from cycling for recreation or commuting. According to a recent Australian survey, the lack of proper cycling infrastructure, with cycle lanes physically separated from traffic, prevents people, even those who own bicycles, from cycling as much as they want. Nick Bowes, chief executive of the Center for London think tank, said encouraging walking and cycling was “crucial” if London was to have safer streets, cleaner air and less congestion. “If we are to have any chance of achieving these goals, it is crucial that more people walk and cycle for shorter journeys,” he said. “But it will be all the more difficult if the budget for Transport for London’s Healthy Streets is reduced. Without a funding regulation, we will struggle to build safe, well-designed routes that help people walk and cycle more.

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Kildare receives €13.67m funding for pedestrian and cycling infrastructure projects https://companyofcyclists.com/kildare-receives-e13-67m-funding-for-pedestrian-and-cycling-infrastructure-projects/ Mon, 24 Jan 2022 19:00:00 +0000 https://companyofcyclists.com/kildare-receives-e13-67m-funding-for-pedestrian-and-cycling-infrastructure-projects/ County Kildare has received €13.67 million in funding for walking and cycling infrastructure projects, it has been confirmed. The total list of allocations will include: €4m for Royal Canal Cycling (FCC Border – Maynooth), €1m for Dublin Road in Naas, €900,000 for Kilcullen Road in Naas, €850,000 for Kildare County Council (KCC) Active Transport Authority […]]]>

County Kildare has received €13.67 million in funding for walking and cycling infrastructure projects, it has been confirmed.

The total list of allocations will include: €4m for Royal Canal Cycling (FCC Border – Maynooth), €1m for Dublin Road in Naas, €900,000 for Kilcullen Road in Naas, €850,000 for Kildare County Council (KCC) Active Transport Authority – Personnel costs, and €750,000 for traffic management measures and the Sallins village cycle programme.

Commenting on the funds allocated, Minister of State for Fine Gael, Martin Heydon TD, said: “It is essential for the future to ensure that we have a good and efficient transport system in Kildare, as we aim to making our communities and downtowns more vibrant, as well as making getting to work and school safer and easier.”

“Over the past two years, we have spent more time enjoying our outdoor amenities and investing in active travel will also help us meet our climate change obligations.

He continued, “There has been substantial progress in this area over the past few years.

“Active travel spending and provision, as funded by the Department for Transport, has seen a significant increase, quadrupling, from around €45 million in 2019 to €184 million in 2021.”

Minister Heydon added that further amendments are also expected to the Vehicular Traffic and Roads Bill in the coming weeks, which “will help our local authorities to advance experimental traffic management and other measures that will accelerate active transport infrastructure”.

Dr Cathal Berry, Independent TD, also welcomed the news: “Being able to walk and cycle safely to work or school is fundamental to our quality of life: it’s also good for our health. , good for the environment and good for our pocket.”

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Nearly €7 million received for pedestrian and cycling infrastructure in Laois and Offaly https://companyofcyclists.com/nearly-e7-million-received-for-pedestrian-and-cycling-infrastructure-in-laois-and-offaly/ Mon, 24 Jan 2022 16:55:54 +0000 https://companyofcyclists.com/nearly-e7-million-received-for-pedestrian-and-cycling-infrastructure-in-laois-and-offaly/ Freelance TD for Laois Offaly Carol Nolan has warmly welcomed the allocation of more than €6.8m to counties under the Active Travel scheme. Deputy Nolan was speaking after Transport Minister Eamon Ryan confirmed to him today that the National Transport Authority (NTA) has allocated the funds for walking and cycling infrastructure to local authorities in […]]]>

Freelance TD for Laois Offaly Carol Nolan has warmly welcomed the allocation of more than €6.8m to counties under the Active Travel scheme.

Deputy Nolan was speaking after Transport Minister Eamon Ryan confirmed to him today that the National Transport Authority (NTA) has allocated the funds for walking and cycling infrastructure to local authorities in Laois and Offaly .

The allocation for Offaly will see €3.681m directed towards 20 individual projects. The whole of Laois will see an allocation of 3 million euros for 18 projects.

Speaking after Minister Ryan confirmed the funding to her, MP Nolan said she would continue to welcome, on a bipartisan basis, any funding that will contribute to the renewal of local amenities such as footbridges and cycle paths and Safe to School programs.

“I am deeply committed to improving local infrastructure across the riding. Indeed, I have been actively advocating for this type of funding with the minister for some time.

“We need rural and even urban communities that are healthy and safe places to live and enjoy recreation.

“We also need to ensure that adequate levels of funding are dedicated to improving footpaths and crosswalks, which is why I was pleased to have Minister Ryan confirm to me today that significant funding will be dedicated to these issues in Offaly and Laois, she said.

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Want to get started in running? Here are Sonia O’Sullivan and Jessie Barr’s top tips for beginners https://companyofcyclists.com/want-to-get-started-in-running-here-are-sonia-osullivan-and-jessie-barrs-top-tips-for-beginners/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://companyofcyclists.com/want-to-get-started-in-running-here-are-sonia-osullivan-and-jessie-barrs-top-tips-for-beginners/ There weren’t many bright spots coming out of the pandemic, but one was the increase in the number of people exercising, especially during the first lockdown. According to the Irish Sports Monitor report, carried out on behalf of Sport Ireland, activities such as walking, cycling and running increased significantly between March and May 2020. However, […]]]>


There weren’t many bright spots coming out of the pandemic, but one was the increase in the number of people exercising, especially during the first lockdown. According to the Irish Sports Monitor report, carried out on behalf of Sport Ireland, activities such as walking, cycling and running increased significantly between March and May 2020. However, as restrictions have eased and as society reopened, people began to lose their healthy habits.

While running is one of the easiest sports to play, it’s also one of the most difficult when it comes to maintaining motivation. If anyone knows the dedication and commitment it takes to keep running, it’s legendary Irish athlete Sonia O’Sullivan. The Cobh woman has joined the Irish Life Runuary initiative to encourage runners to put on their sneakers again in January. After decades of top-level training, the Olympic silver medalist is now used to running for fun and fitness.

“I appreciate it more now than ever before, probably because I appreciate it a lot more for the benefits it gives me. You feel great after you get out and go for a run. You feel energized. Mentally and physically, if you can go out in the morning, it sets you up for the day.

She says all runners, from beginners to advanced, should plan ahead.

“You have to consider where your fitness is when you start out. It’s very easy to get excited about signing up to do something and then you go out and do too much too soon, get hurt and it’s all over. It’s really important to plan what you’re going to do, and with the Runuary program there is a lot of expert advice available, ”she says.

O’Sullivan is in Ireland when we speak but will be spending Christmas at her home in Australia. She has also helped coach athletes in Portland, Oregon, and will be returning to the United States ahead of the world championships next year.

“For me, coaching has been a learning experience. It’s a way for me to share some of my experiences with some of the emerging athletes and help them so that they don’t make the same mistakes that I made. The key to high performance training is to be consistent, and avoiding injury is one of the most important things an athlete should do. To help in this way, by sharing some of my experiences, you get great satisfaction when you see the athlete getting results.

O’Sullivan is still feeling the aftermath of some of his own injuries.

“I would still have some lingering pain. I always try to deal with them – I try not to overdo it, I will have to stop running if I get injured and enough for it to be satisfactory.

Like Mother like daughter

O’Sullivan has two daughters, Ciara and Sophie, with her husband Nic Bideau. Sophie has a sports scholarship at the University of Washington in the United States and has also competed for Ireland. When it comes to giving advice, however, O’Sullivan says she’s careful not to blur the lines between professional athlete and mom.

“It’s always good to keep the channels of communication open, not always to rehash things, just to talk about things in general. I try to separate the roles of mother and runner because I want to maintain this good family relationship. The race is still here, but there are a lot of people out there who can help with advice on this.

It is evident that the determination that underpins O’Sullivan’s successful career is stronger than ever. I ask her if she ever has times when she would rather sit and watch Netflix than go for a run?

“No, I prefer to go for a run first. I try not to get caught up in this. Sometimes I can be involved in a show and I just feel too comfortable and it’s hard to get up and go. Netflix will be there when you return. It’s not going anywhere.

When it comes to her goals for the New Year, she only has one.

“Just to keep running and enjoy it. I will do all I can to run as long as possible.

Don’t wait for motivation to strike

Jessie Barr: “Make sure you build up your muscles slowly, do a good warm-up so that your body is prepared and injuries are less likely. Photo: Sam Barnes / Sportsfile

Jessie Barr, a performance sports psychologist with Team Ireland and a former Olympic hurdler, understood the motivation to keep running. She’s part of the Runuary program’s team of expert advisors and says it’s only natural that many people have trouble getting back to exercise.

“At the start of the pandemic, there was this feeling that we were all in the same boat, we were doing everything we could to find new ways to occupy ourselves. But now we’ve come back to a more ‘normal’ pace of life with work, or people have fallen into a routine with working from home, and new things have been pushed back first. I was doing Zoom workouts and yoga at home, and the novelty wore off after a while, ”she says.

Barr’s main piece of advice is not to wait for motivation to strike before resuming racing.

“If we all had to wait until we were motivated to start something, we would never do anything. Sometimes the motivation comes after the act, not before. Having extrinsic motivation like the Runuary program takes away the thinking. Also, if you have someone else who is going to do it with you, having this responsibility to another person can be very important. Have a goal – the feeling of accomplishing something “for me”. This is something that a lot of people lose as they get older.

Also, buying new equipment can help – so maybe buy new runners or a nice jacket. Go find a nice place to run, rather than just walk around your area. Find a trail or a park. Have a good coffee at the end, try to create these little rewards, and hopefully the motivation to go faster, to do it more often, will follow.

Banish negative thoughts

Barr also has tips to help banish negative thoughts that can make running difficult.

“Make sure there is variety. Doing the same 5km route three times a week can get monotonous. Change it up, maybe do 3K but do it faster, maybe the The next day, go slower and longer on a new route Not always knowing what to expect can be a good thing from a motivation standpoint.

For those who don’t have the flexibility to change their route, especially women who only feel safe in well-lit areas at night, Barr says breaking the run can help avoid boredom.

“Don’t think of it as a 5K, pick a particular point and see how long you can do there, maybe do intervals, a quick 1K and go slower for 500m, there are ways to change it, rather than to feel, “Oh, I’m only a mile away and I’m already feeling terrible.” Focus on what you can do for the next 500 meters.

“Distractions also help – having a great playlist, audiobook, or podcast to listen to. Plus, having someone with you is no better distraction than chatting.” It’s also important not to get discouraged if you injure yourself, says Barr.

“If you have a goal and an injury is preventing you from reaching it, it’s really frustrating. Make sure you build muscles slowly, do a good warm-up so that your body is prepared and injuries are less likely. But no matter how well prepared you are, injuries always happen, you can just roll your ankle on a sidewalk. Seek professional advice, go to a physiotherapist, get the support you need to keep going and not hurt yourself again.

“Find out other things you can do when you’re injured – maybe core work, strength work, yoga or Pilates that will then benefit your run when you return. Go on a static bike in the gym or go for a swim, that’s fine. You’re still heading towards your fitness goal, just taking a different route. ”

Ultimately, Barr says the positive impact of running cannot be underestimated.

“There is so much research now to show the benefits to your mental health – it also prevents the cognitive decline which is important as we age. From a mood boosting standpoint, it releases endorphins and there is a huge stress release. There’s also research showing that the benefits for improving mood are even greater if you can do your exercise in a green or blue space – somewhere in nature, basically.

“Plus, your self-confidence and self-esteem grows as you get faster, stronger, or feel better physically. The benefits are endless, but that’s not always the case on the job. At the moment, it can be uncomfortable, hard and painful, but there are very few people who do not feel better after exercising, even if it is only for ten minutes.

Go out with Runuary

Irish Life Health has partnered with Athletics Ireland to help runners get back to their running routine.

Starting January 1, Runuary is encouraging runners, from beginners to the more experienced, to embark on a challenging yet realistic running program, with a target distance of 5 km, five miles or 10 miles to go on January 31.

Runners can select a “First Timer” or “Run a Faster” program over any distance. Entry is free and runners can register at irishlifehealth.ie/runuary. A team of specialists including a physiotherapist, a nutritionist and a running coach will accompany the runners during their registration.


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Climate Change and Health – Jammu Kashmir Latest News | Tourism https://companyofcyclists.com/climate-change-and-health-jammu-kashmir-latest-news-tourism/ Sun, 19 Dec 2021 19:01:55 +0000 https://companyofcyclists.com/climate-change-and-health-jammu-kashmir-latest-news-tourism/ Dr Richa Mahajan,Dr Rajiv K Gupta Climate change is a critical public health problem which, in addition to introducing new parasites and pathogens into communities, exacerbates many existing diseases and conditions. Climate change indicates an increase in sea surface temperature, an increase in the severity of extreme weather events, a rise in sea level, melting […]]]>


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Dr Rajiv K Gupta

Climate change is a critical public health problem which, in addition to introducing new parasites and pathogens into communities, exacerbates many existing diseases and conditions. Climate change indicates an increase in sea surface temperature, an increase in the severity of extreme weather events, a rise in sea level, melting glaciers, a decrease in air quality and an increase greenhouse gas emissions. We still have not been able to forget the devastating effects of the Kashmir floods (2014), the Uttarakhand flash floods (2013) and the tsunami (2004). The southern states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh have witnessed flood-like situations due to heavy rains in recent times. Whether in the Western Ghats or the Himalayas, states have compelling reasons to address and mitigate their climate-related vulnerabilities. The Madhav Gadgil committee in 2011 recommended that a section of approximately 130,000 km² covering Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu be declared an environmentally sensitive area, but the recommendations have yet to be declared. been accepted despite enormous loss of wealth and lives. .
The direct and indirect health consequences of such a global imbalance include diseases related to excessive heat, vector-borne and water-borne diseases, increased exposure to environmental toxins, and exacerbation of cardiovascular and respiratory diseases due to the decline air quality. The most vulnerable people – children, the elderly, the poor and those with underlying co-morbidities – are at increased risk of health effects from climate change. Between 2030 and 2050, climate change is expected to cause an additional 250,000 deaths per year, due to malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea and heat stress.
To mitigate and adapt to climate change, the Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change (PMCC), India released the National Climate Change Action Plan (NAPCC) with eight missions in June 2008. In 2015 , India’s response to climate change has been broadened by introducing four new missions including “Health”. The proposed “health mission” will address the health-related aspects of climate change through a multi-pronged approach. As a result, the National Action Plan for Climate Change and Human Health (NAPCCHH) was prepared in 2018 with the aim of strengthening health services against the adverse effects of climate change on health. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) approved the National Program on Climate Change and Human Health (NPCCHH) under the National Health Mission (NHM) in February 2019. Currently, the three main focus areas of the NPCCHH are air pollution, heat-related illnesses and building green and climate-resilient health facilities.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also presented five nectar elements, ‘Panchamrit’, to tackle the challenge of climate change at the COP26 summit in Glasgow:
* India will increase its non-fossil energy capacity to 500 GW by 2030.
* India will meet 50% of its energy needs from renewable energies by 2030.
* India will reduce total projected carbon emissions by one billion tonnes by 2030.
* By 2030, India will reduce the carbon intensity of its economy by less than 45%.
* By 2070, India will meet the Net Zero target.
The promotion of renewable energy by the Indian government is a strong commitment to climate change. We can also help reduce the effects of climate change by making small changes in our way of life such as:
* Replace old appliances with energy efficient models and bulbs / LEDs.
* Save electricity by turning them off completely when not in use, including your computer.
* Reduce, reuse and recycle waste.
* Plant more trees.
* Promote the use of public transport and active travel (walking, cycling, etc.).
* Use renewable energies. If you have the possibility, install solar panels in your home.
* Bring your own bag when shopping.
* Use a refillable water bottle and a coffee mug. Reduce waste.
Rising global temperatures, record levels of greenhouse gas emissions and the growing impacts of climate change require urgent and measurable action from everyone.


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Campaign by the North Belfast group to promote better cycling infrastructure in the region https://companyofcyclists.com/campaign-by-the-north-belfast-group-to-promote-better-cycling-infrastructure-in-the-region/ Fri, 17 Dec 2021 01:26:13 +0000 https://companyofcyclists.com/campaign-by-the-north-belfast-group-to-promote-better-cycling-infrastructure-in-the-region/ RESIDENTS of North Belfast have come together to launch a campaign to promote and support better cycling infrastructure. The North Belfast Cycle Campaign was formed after Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon announced that a cycle path would be developed on Cavehill Road and Limestone Road. The group wants “safe and well-integrated cycle paths” and connections to […]]]>


RESIDENTS of North Belfast have come together to launch a campaign to promote and support better cycling infrastructure.

The North Belfast Cycle Campaign was formed after Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon announced that a cycle path would be developed on Cavehill Road and Limestone Road.

The group wants “safe and well-integrated cycle paths” and connections to the city center as well as the promotion of the benefits of active travel.

Clare Moore, one of the founders, has been campaigning for better cycling infrastructure for 30 years.

“If you compare the cycling infrastructure in north Belfast to the south or the east, we are really underserved,” she said.

“We want to correct this and believe it will help regenerate and improve this part of the city.

“The way our roads are structured by the minute means it puts people in competition – drivers competing with cyclists and cyclists competing with walkers. It is such a shame.

“A protected cycling infrastructure is necessary so that people can make their first trip to the shops by bike. “

Ms Moore said a cycle path on Limestone and Cavehill Roads would be a “key route into the city center for schoolchildren, commuters and shoppers”.

“We really want to see that built and help people travel by bike, which will have all kinds of benefits for our health and the environment,” she added.

The group met Ms Mallon, who said she was “keen on more groups that advocate cycling and active travel generally set up in the city to help promote and spread the message of the benefits of cycling. walking, cycling and cycling “.

“Groups like this can also be of great support for people who are ready to consider leaving the car at home and becoming active in their daily commute,” she said.


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Breast Cancer Risk Reduction Strategies https://companyofcyclists.com/breast-cancer-risk-reduction-strategies/ Sat, 27 Nov 2021 18:04:42 +0000 https://companyofcyclists.com/breast-cancer-risk-reduction-strategies/ Posted: 11/27/2021 13:01:47 PM Modified: 11/27/2021 13:00:12 With one in eight women developing breast cancer in their lifetime, many wonder what they can do to lower their risk. A panel of specialists from Concord Hospital recently discussed breast cancer risk factors and risk reduction strategies. What are the risk factors for developing breast cancer? Having […]]]>


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With one in eight women developing breast cancer in their lifetime, many wonder what they can do to lower their risk. A panel of specialists from Concord Hospital recently discussed breast cancer risk factors and risk reduction strategies.

What are the risk factors for developing breast cancer?

Having breasts is the number one risk factor for breast cancer; however, men can get it too. Overall, women have about a 12% chance of developing breast cancer, but that number may be higher for certain groups. Some factors that increase your risk are old age, a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, a previous diagnosis of breast cancer, and BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutations. While we have no control over some factors, others, such as diet and lifestyle, can be changed to reduce our risk.

What can be done to reduce the risk for people with a history or family history or genetic mutations?

There are both pharmaceutical and surgical options to reduce the risk of breast cancer in patients who are at a significantly higher risk of developing breast cancer.

Two major classes of drugs are available; selective estrogen receptor modulators and aromatase inhibitors. Selective estrogen receptor modulators (such as tamoxifen and raloxifene) can reduce the risk of developing invasive breast cancer by 50%. They have the potential to cause side effects such as hot flashes, endometrial cancer, deep vein thrombosis, or stroke. Aromatase inhibitors (Arimidex, Femara or Aromasin) are also effective and have a better side effect profile. They are reserved for postmenopausal women. Premenopausal women can only take tamoxifen or raloxifene.

Surgical options include oophorectomy, removal of both ovaries; and mastectomy, removal of the breast (s). Oophorectomy only decreases the risk of breast cancer in patients with BRCA mutations, and mastectomy is a serious surgical procedure with the potential for both physical and psychological complications. The American Society of Breast Surgeons’ Choosing Wisely campaign contains a wealth of information from many specialists, including breast cancer surgeons, to help patients and their physicians determine which treatment is best for them ( choosingwisely.org).

What Kind of Diet Should Women Follow to Reduce Their Risk of Breast Cancer?

Women should choose what is called an abundance model over a deprivation model. It just means that the focus needs to be on a balance and a variety of healthy choices and generous portions rather than calorie counting and the ‘don’t’ and ‘shouldn’t’ rules, which leave us with a sense of. guilt and demoralization. To be successful in maintaining or achieving a healthy body weight, it needs to be a lifestyle goal, not just the calories in and out. Women should follow a herbal diet for optimal health. This does not necessarily mean vegan, but rather a diet with lots of vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices, nuts, seeds, whole grains, high fiber beans, healthy fats and plant proteins. such as tofu or tempeh. Sugary drinks should be limited, opt instead for water, seltzer water or teas. Alcohol should also be limited or avoided altogether.

What exercise works best for reducing the risk of breast cancer?

Active women have a 25 percent decrease in breast cancer risk compared to sedentary women. Exercise also reduces the risk of breast cancer recurrence as well as a variety of other health problems and illnesses. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommend that healthy adults between the ages of 18 and 65 do moderate-intensity aerobic exercise for 30 minutes a day for five days. per week and weight training twice a week. . Moderate exercise is considered to be at 55 to 75% of an individual’s maximum heart rate. The activity can be work, recreational, walking / cycling, household chores or other forms, although recreational activities or walking / cycling have been shown to be more effective in reducing the risks than other forms of movement. High Intensity Intermittent Training (HIIT) has become popular because it can reduce the amount of time it takes to exercise. Regardless of what is chosen, the activity should be changed every six weeks to better stimulate your body.

What are the environmental risk factors and how can women reduce their exposure?

We interact with the environment and can be exposed to toxins by breathing the air, ingesting and absorbing the skin. Behavior and lifestyle can increase or decrease your exposure to environmental toxins, including carcinogens and endocrine disrupting chemicals. Carcinogens are natural or manufactured substances known to cause cancer. Endocrine disrupting chemicals mimic, block, or interfere with hormones in the body’s endocrine system. Many chemicals are both carcinogens and endocrine disruptors, such as BPA, flame retardants, and pesticides. Smoking, alcohol consumption, the use of certain personal care products, the consumption of certain types of food, cleaning and cooking practices, and indoor air quality are all factors that we can modify or largely control. To reduce your risks, keep your air clean, watch what you eat and drink, think about what is happening on your skin, minimize the use of plastic and tin cans, use safe cleaning products, do not use pesticides and always read the ingredients. . Remember the adage “when in doubt, do without.

Dr Sharon Gunsher from Concord Hospital (Concord Surgical Associates), Dietitian / Nutritionist Megan Ryder (Payson Center for Cancer Care), Physiotherapists Austri Monette and Barbara Baker (Rehabilitation Services) were joined by Deborah de Moulpied from Anticancer Lifestyle Program for Breast Cancer Risk Factors and Reduction Strategies Present at the October Concord Hospital Trust “What’s Up Doc? Donor Lecture Series. The monthly series, supported by the Walker Lecture Fund, features Concord Hospital medical staff speaking to Concord Hospital Trust donors on new and innovative medical treatments and services. You can watch the panel presentation on Concord Hospital’s YouTube channel at: youtube.com/concordhospital.


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High cholesterol: vitamin D deficiency linked to higher risk https://companyofcyclists.com/high-cholesterol-vitamin-d-deficiency-linked-to-higher-risk/ https://companyofcyclists.com/high-cholesterol-vitamin-d-deficiency-linked-to-higher-risk/#respond Mon, 08 Nov 2021 10:40:17 +0000 https://companyofcyclists.com/high-cholesterol-vitamin-d-deficiency-linked-to-higher-risk/ High cholesterol refers to the presence of fatty molecules that circulate in the blood and deposit on the artery walls, causing them to become blocked. Although it is usually harmless at first, the disease can wreak havoc on the body if left untreated. Researchers continue to uncover some of the different risk factors for the […]]]>


High cholesterol refers to the presence of fatty molecules that circulate in the blood and deposit on the artery walls, causing them to become blocked. Although it is usually harmless at first, the disease can wreak havoc on the body if left untreated. Researchers continue to uncover some of the different risk factors for the disease. While some foods should be avoided at all costs, other foods that contain a key vitamin can reduce the risk of high cholesterol.

Vitamin D is essential for well-being, with a plethora of studies highlighting its role in the immune system and bone health.

But the sunshine vitamin, so called because it is produced in the body by the action of sunlight, also has strong associations with cholesterol.

According to Heart UK, the body needs cholesterol in its skin cells to make vitamin D from the sun.

“Vitamin D is then further processed in the liver and kidneys, but cholesterol is needed for the first step,” says Heart UK.

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To date, meta-analyzes have shown that people with lower vitamin D levels are more likely to have high cholesterol dyslipidemia.

Dyslipidemia refers to an abnormal level of cholesterol and other lipids, also called fats, in the blood.

But while researchers have found a correlation between the two conditions, no “cause and effect” relationship has been established.

The term generally describes an excess of triglycerides in the blood and therefore covers more than LDL, or “bad” cholesterol.

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This association between vitamin D deficiency and dyslipidemia was illustrated in a 2018 study, published in the journal Current Medical Research and Opinion.

The researchers wrote: “Vitamin D deficiency is associated with dyslipidemia in a cohort of 3788 subjects, serum 25 (OH) D is inversely correlated with LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and positively correlated with HDL cholesterol levels. .

Despite overwhelming evidence highlighting the essential role of vitamin D in the body, levels remain exceptionally low in the UK and other countries.

Healthline writes: “Vitamin D deficiency is very common. It is estimated that around one billion people around the world have lower blood levels of the vitamin. In addition, vitamin D levels have reportedly fallen further due to the pandemic.

However, when the nutrient cannot be obtained by exposure to the sun, it must come from the food.

Good sources of vitamin D include oily fish, beef liver, and fortified products like grains, soy milk, and orange juice.

How to avoid high cholesterol

It is well known that diet is of the utmost importance in helping to lower blood lipids within a healthy range.

Certain foods high in soluble fiber can lower cholesterol by binding to fat molecules and pushing them out of the body.

All fruits, vegetables and legumes and good sources of soluble fiber.

Equally important in managing illness is exercise, with running, walking, cycling and swimming all having promising effects.

Plus, researchers believe exercise may help raise HDL, or good cholesterol.

According to the Mayo Clinic, “Moderate physical activity can help raise high-density cholesterol (HDL).” With your doctor’s approval, get at least 30 minutes of exercise five times a week or vigorous aerobic activity for 20 minutes three times a week. “


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Cllr Luke Cawley-Harrison on the lack of cycling infrastructure https://companyofcyclists.com/cllr-luke-cawley-harrison-on-the-lack-of-cycling-infrastructure/ Mon, 08 Nov 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://companyofcyclists.com/cllr-luke-cawley-harrison-on-the-lack-of-cycling-infrastructure/ Published: 2:45 PM November 8, 2021 Over the past fortnight, a lot of news has swirled around the COP26 climate change conference, as governments squabble over decarbonisation targets. This is, of course, mostly based on high-level issues – coal use, methane emissions and deforestation. However, if the UK is to achieve its target, it will […]]]>

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Over the past fortnight, a lot of news has swirled around the COP26 climate change conference, as governments squabble over decarbonisation targets. This is, of course, mostly based on high-level issues – coal use, methane emissions and deforestation. However, if the UK is to achieve its target, it will depend not only on central government action, but also on advice.

In particular, the local government has a great responsibility for transportation. In London, it’s partly the gift of the mayor, who controls TfL, and politicians such as the ULEZ. But one of the main ways councils have the power to make a difference is by improving our cycling infrastructure.

So I was delighted to read in the Ham&High a few weeks ago about the growth of cycling and the serious investment in cycling infrastructure by the head of a local cycling organisation. I was also saddened, because of course this eulogy was not about Haringey, but about Camden. While Haringey Labor has focused on finding reasons why things like cycle lanes, street restaurants and road closures for events are too difficult to implement, other boroughs have gotten serious.


Cllr Luke Cawley Harrison says Haringey Council is behind in creating cycle infrastructure
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Haringey has been criticized in the past by a range of groups for ‘all talk and no action’ on active travel, and that has continued under the new cabinet since the removal of Cllr Ejiofor as chief in May. Even if we had some changes and the council met its meager targets, it would take, for example, until 2039 to install enough bike sheds just to meet the existing waiting list! This failure is as disconcerting as it is disappointing.

It’s time to radically change priorities. While Haringey Labor likes to talk about good play, our borough is not only being left behind, but increasingly becoming one of the most dangerous boroughs for walking and cycling in London. We can no longer continue to give them the benefit of the doubt that new projects are coming “in a few months”.

Last year Haringey got £1million from TfL (one of the highest amounts in London), to improve the borough for walking and cycling, but where did that money go?

Unless there is real change at the top, nothing ever changes in Haringey.

Luke Cawley-Harrison (Lib Dem) is Leader of the Opposition, Haringey Council

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Shell promotes sustainable urban solutions https://companyofcyclists.com/shell-promotes-sustainable-urban-solutions/ https://companyofcyclists.com/shell-promotes-sustainable-urban-solutions/#respond Fri, 05 Nov 2021 14:21:05 +0000 https://companyofcyclists.com/shell-promotes-sustainable-urban-solutions/ As the economy slowly recovers from the adverse effects of the pandemic, the country needs efficient and active multimodal transport systems that will help businesses and communities operate efficiently and sustainably, industry leaders said. . During the Future Festival, a four-part series launched by Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. (PSPC) which tackles the pillars essential to […]]]>


As the economy slowly recovers from the adverse effects of the pandemic, the country needs efficient and active multimodal transport systems that will help businesses and communities operate efficiently and sustainably, industry leaders said. .

During the Future Festival, a four-part series launched by Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. (PSPC) which tackles the pillars essential to the nation’s progress, transport sector leaders highlighted mobility challenges such as insufficient access to public transport, weak infrastructure and outdated policies. To address this, they looked at urban planning, sustainability and innovative solutions based on efficiency, public safety, thoughtful planning and collaboration.

Speaking at the online forum, Randy del Valle, vice president and general manager of mobility for PSPC, said: “Mobility is not just about transportation. whether it’s traffic, urbanization, the need for safer roads and public transport, or the long-term effects of the pandemic – we need many solutions, not just one. ” Deputy Transport Secretary Mark Steven Pastor, an advocate for active transport, said his organization was seeking to expand the country’s pre-existing 500 kilometers of “cycle lane networks in metropolitan cities with the aim of increasing accessibility to areas of ‘key activity and fundamental facilities, significantly reducing carbon as well as promoting road safety. “He said the Ministry of Transport is also exploring improving the mobility of conventional vehicles through dedicated lanes for The public utility vehicle movement project, said Pastor, is a “large-scale transformational initiative of this administration that is structured, modern, well managed and environmentally sustainable. Drivers have a stable, sufficient and dignified livelihood while commuters get to their destinations safely. and comfortably. ”Additionally, as travel slowly picks up, National Capital Region (NCR) Department of Tourism Director Woodrow Maquiling Jr. said“ greenways have been put in place ”. With the support of the national government and more flexible health protocols, these will allow the entry of fully vaccinated people into the country for business or leisure. Maquiling added that this initiative will lead to “boosting commercial activity and to provide employment opportunities while ensuring security against the spread of Covid-19, “he said.

Cycling” towns

Beyond the locality, Kevin Punzalan, Senior Policy Officer of the Netherlands Embassy in the Philippines, shared his ideas based on the strategies and best practices of the Dutch who have pioneered some of the most “cities” cyclables ”in the world.

“Cycling cities are better designed for people, make transportation accessible and affordable, and create a healthier and safer city,” Punzalan said, noting that more funding and government policies are needed to ensure safety and mobility. efficient cyclists and pedestrians.

Keisha Mayuga, Head of the Safe Walking and Cycling Transportation Program at Move As One, said, “The top three barriers preventing people from taking active transportation are the lack of cycle paths, bicycle parking and bicycle parking. of facilities after the trip to their destinations ”. For his part, Felino “Jun” Palafox Jr., principal architect and founder of Palafox Associates, stressed that the country’s urban planning initiatives in terms of mobility “are a hundred years behind.” Safety is also a vital factor which mobility must be taken into account, he noted.

“Town planning [in the country] is always looking for supply and demand for traffic, ”Palafox added. “EDSA works like eight roads: main artery, minor artery, access roads, and so on. This is why the traffic [is congested]On a related note, Bill Luz, president of Liveable Cities Challenge Philippines, cited the lack of urban planning experts who can help cities and municipalities establish their own sustainable systems and improve road safety in the city. local communities.


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