website will give young hearts a boost
interactive website for teenagers has been launched by the British
Heart Foundation (BHF). The website, yheart.net, encourages
young people to find out how their heart works and how to keep it
healthy in an exciting and interesting way. It is jam packed with
health-related competitions, quirky games and challenges that win
The website also has a password protected area called Meet @ Teen
Heart which is specifically for teenagers with heart conditions.
Here, young people can chat with each other, share experiences and
talk to an expert. No other such website exists for teenagers who
were born with heart problems.
Information about smoking, drugs, healthy eating and keeping fit is
given in a chatty style. Bite-sized facts keep visitors enthralled
and info pages help people learn about their heart health. This is a
vital step forward in a country with rapidly increasing childhood
obesity levels and decreasing activity levels.
Nicki Cooper, Head of Heart Health at the BHF says:- “We
wanted to create a website that spoke to teenagers and that’s why we
involved teams of teenage pilot testers for different sections. They
told us what they wanted to see on the website, and that’s why it’s
full of useful stuff about the heart and what we can do to keep it
in the best condition we can. The Meet @ Teen Heart is THE
website for teenagers with heart problems to have in their
favourites folder. It is a secure site where they can chat with
other teens who’ve experienced similar problems to them, sharing
support and information, and where they can get confidential advice
from our experts.”
Also on the website:-
Challenges on topical issues: earn points which can be
exchanged for funky gifts
competitions: ipod shuffles and HMV vouchers up for grabs just
by answering a health-related question
Fun games such as
Urban Energy, the lifestyle quiz or Office Olympics
Downloads of cool
screensavers brighten up your screen
BHF events like
junior golf or the London to Brighton bike ride are listed for you
to get involved in and do your bit for charity
It is estimated that 4,600 babies are born with a heart defect in
the UK every year – that’s one in every 145 babies. At least 3/4 of
babies born with congenital heart disease are predicted to survive
But lifestyle is a major factor in many people developing heart and
circulatory disease in later life. Heart and circulatory disease is
the UK’s biggest killer and 208,000 people died of it in 20052.
People can avoid heart disease by living a healthy lifestyle from a
young age by not smoking, keeping to a healthy weight, eating a
balanced diet which is low in salt and fat, and keeping physically
SOUTHPORT & SEFTON CHRISTMAS REFUSE
being placed on grey wheelie bins informing residents of their
refuse collection dates over the Christmas season. Residents in
Sefton are asked to note revised refuse collection dates as cleaning
crews take their usual Christmas break.
This Christmas there will be no collection on Christmas Day, Boxing
Day or New Year's Day.
To cope with the extra refuse received over the festive period, the
green garden waste wheelie bin collection will be suspended after
the week commencing 10 December 2007.
This means grey bins will be collected instead on a revised
frequency schedule with details of collection dates placed on the
bins with distinct stickers. The Green Bee doorstep recycling
service and the new food waste collection service will continue to
operate on the revised days as well.
A revised black sack collection will also be in place over Christmas
for residents who have not yet received their wheelie bins.
The green waste collection service(greenbags) is also suspended from
Christmas Eve and will resume on Monday 7 January 2008,
A spokesman for Sefton Council said:- "This year will be
different as some residents in the borough have the new wheelie bins
while others have the black sack collection.
Residents can help us by checking their new collection dates over
Christmas and putting out their refuse on the revised dates. It will
also make a huge difference if everyone tried to recycle as much
waste as possible generated over the festive period as well.
At Christmas we always produce extra refuse, so please bear with us
and we will do our best to get back to normal as soon as possible."
For any queries about refuse dates over the festive period call
Sefton Plus on 0845 140 0845
Normal and revised collection dates for black sacks:-
Normal collection day MONDAY
Normal collection on Monday 24 December 2007, 31,and 7 January 2008
Normal collection day TUESDAY
No collection on Tuesday 25 December 2007. Revised collection on
Wednesday, 2 January 2008. Normal collections resume from Tuesday,
January 8,2008 onwards
Normal collection day WEDNESDAY
No collection on Wednesday 26 December 2007. Revised collection on
Thursday, 3 January 2008. Normal collections resume from Wednesday,
January 9, 2008 onwards
Normal collection day THURSDAY
Normal collection on Thursday, 27 December 2008. Revised collection
Friday, 4 January 2008.
Normal collections resume from Thursday January 10,2008 onwards
Normal collection day FRIDAY
Normal collection on Friday, 28 December 2008. Revised collection on
Saturday 5 January 2008. Normal collections resume from Friday, 11
January 2008 onwards.
Message from Sefton
are advised over the Christmas and New Year period to keep the
wheelie bins or black bags on their property and only put them out
in the street on the day of collection according to the revised