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Issue:- 22 November  2012

Government Response to Defibrillator e-petition 'unhelpful & disappointing'

THE Government have responded to an e-petition calling for lifesaving Defibrillators to be installed in all public buildings & Schools. The move comes after Andrew Lansley, Leader of the House of Commons (responsible for the e-petitions system) lowered the trigger for a response to 10,000 signatures, leaving 100,000 signatures for a debate, in a move designed to bring more faith in the e-petition system. The Oliver King Foundation was set up following the death of Oliver King, a pupil at King David High School in Childwall, in March 2011. He tragically died during a swimming lesson from Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS). SADS takes the lives of 12 young people aged between 12 and 35 years old EVERY week. The e-petition was created in March 2012 by Wavertree Cllr Jake Morrison who has been working closely with Oliver's family, and the Foundation, since June 2011, to ensure something is done to help prevent / reduce deaths from SADS in the future. It is estimated that 270 children die of a sudden cardiac arrest while at school in the UK every year, and is the same medical condition that struck former Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba last season, forcing his retirement from the game. In October The Oliver King Foundation handed over the 1st Defibrillator to Pinehurst Primary School, as part of a scheme which will see all 122 Liverpool Primary School's receive this lifesaving equipment as part of a £102,640 project. The Government appreciates how devastating this issue is for all families and friends who are affected. Sudden cardiac death is a very complex issue. It can be caused by a range of different conditions, many of which are difficult to detect through screening. There is no single test that can pick up all of these conditions, nor is it possible to say which abnormalities will lead to sudden death. For some of the conditions implicated in sudden death there is no known or proven treatment. The chances of sudden heart attacks in apparently fit young people are tiny, but the consequences are nevertheless tragic. Whilst screening has the potential to save lives, it is not a foolproof process. Early diagnosis can reduce the risk of developing a condition or its complications, but it cannot guarantee protection. It is very important that screening for a condition is introduced only where there is evidence that it will be effective, that the benefits outweigh the potential harm and that it does not give misleading information to the person being screened or the clinician. The UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) advises ministers and the NHS in all four UK countries about all aspects of screening policy. It recommended in 2008 that a national screening programme for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), an important cause of sudden death in those under thirty, should not be introduced, as sudden cardiac death can be caused by a range of conditions, many of which are difficult to detect through screening. In addition, there is considerable risk that tests will give a positive result when a person is not affected by the condition (known as a false positive). This could result in people worrying unnecessarily that they have a heart problem causing them to change their behaviour and possibly avoid exercise and activity beneficial to their health. It is also possible to have a heart problem that the test does not pick up, known as false negatives. In line with its 3 yearly review policy, the UK NSC is currently reviewing its policy position on screening for HCM once again. The review will take into account the most up to date international evidence and there will be an opportunity for the public to participate in the review process next year when a copy of the completed HCM review will be open for public consultation on the UK NSC's website. With regard to providing defibrillators in all public buildings, the National Defibrillator Programme, which was coordinated by the Department of Health from 2000, began placing automated external defibrillators in public places. From February 2007, responsibility for continuing the legacy of the National Defibrillator Programme was devolved to ambulance trusts. Most of the ambulance trusts across the UK have community resuscitation departments or similar, which work to place defibrillators in the community, and in areas of need.

Festive fare from far afield

LIVERPOOL'S Christmas market features top quality goods from throughout the world. It features more than 60 craft and food stalls from across five continents and is offering treats from as far away as China and South Africa. The Moroccan mini-village which has proved so popular in previous years makes a welcome return near to the Metquarter. Now in its eighth year, the market, which is in Lord Street, Paradise Street, Church Street and Williamson Square, runs from 22 November to 22 December 2012. In Williamson Square, there is a welcome return for the BID's Liverpool bandstand to entertain with a feast of free, festive entertainment from brass bands and choirs to orchestras plus much more while transforming the heart of the City centre into a European style 'Christmas Village', complete with a German Gluwein Bar and Bratwurst grill. The market, run by Geraud Markets Liverpool, is open between 10am and 8pm from Monday to Saturday with Sunday trading between 11 am and 5pm. Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, cabinet member for regeneration, said:- "The market is always one of the highlights of Christmas for the City and with the addition of the village in Williamson Square it is going to be extra special this year. As well as being able to do your Christmas shopping we are also providing some great entertainment; we are hitting all the right notes this year...!"


MERSEYSIDE Police have confirm that a 20 year old man from Crosby has pleaded guilty to possession of extreme pornography. Kevin Horton, of Woodend Avenue in Crosby, appeared at South Sefton Magistrates' Court, Wednesday, 21 November 2012 and pleaded guilty to possession of an extreme pornographic image. He will next appear at South Sefton Magistrates' Court on 12 December 2012.

Christmas and New Year Weekends

WHY not enjoy a Christmas and New Year with a visit to the Heritage Centre. Children can enjoy a miniature steam ride, a ride in the guards van on the standard gauge railway and all the children get a present this Christmas! Adults won't miss out with a free warm drink and a mince pie. Admission Charges:- Family £15 Adults £7 Children £6 Seniors £5. Season Ticket Holders:- Family £5 Adults £3 Children / Seniors £2. Opening times and more information can be found online.

City fitness strategy launched

ON Thursday, 22 November 2012, the Be Active - Be Healthy - Creating a moving culture strategy was launched. The idea of this strategy is to outline the City's commitment to promoting active lifestyles and aims to improve the health of everyone in the City, regardless of age or ability.

Although the report shows there has been an increase in residents taking up exercise in recent years, statistics reveal that in Liverpool:-

Approximately 80,000 adults and 13,000 children are obese, with direct costs to Liverpool NHS of around £5million per year

Only 21% of adults are active enough to benefit their health

Only 1 in 3 boys and 1 in 5 girls aged 9 to 11 are involved in physical activity for 1 hour a day

If current trends continue, it's predicted that by 2020 nearly one third of residents will be overweight

Since 2005, smoking in the City has reduced from 35% to 27%

The strategy, which runs from 2012 to 2017, addresses these issues with recommendations on how much exercise different age groups should undertake each week, outlines some of the various organised exercise activities which take place regularly in the City and also highlights affordable ways of keeping fit including the use of green spaces in the City and making small lifestyle changes such as taking the stairs where usually someone would use a lift or escalator.

Its main aim is to increase participation in physical activity by 2% each year which will be measured throughout the process by the independent Active People Survey.

Assistant Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, Councillor Helen Casstles, will attend Thursday's launch along with Everton Football Club midfielder Steven Naismith, Paralympian David Devine who secured two bronze medals in the 800m and 1500m races at this year's Games and Taekwondo Middleweight Champion of the World Jimmy McGinn. Councillor Casstles said:- "The main aim of this strategy is to ensure each Liverpool resident has the opportunity to be physically active every day of their lives. We want exercise to become part of everyone's routine; even though the City has made great strides over recent years with more people getting active, the figures around obesity remain shocking. Hopefully with such a sporting line-up to launch the strategy we will encourage people to think seriously about the health implications surrounding being inactive and inspire them to get fit."

Be Active:- Be Healthy has been devised by the City Council in partnership with Liverpool Primary Care Trust (PCT).

Chair of Liverpool PCT, Gideon Ben-Tovim, said:- "Being unhealthy and overweight can lead to so many conditions such as heart disease, strokes and even cancer, it's essential we do as much as we can to promote a more active lifestyle. This document cements our commitment to improving the quality of life for residents and we hope that thousands more people will be inspired to get fit and have a healthy start to 2013."

The new report outlines how much exercise is recommended for various age groups:-

Early years (0 to 4 years) – From birth, floor based play and water-based activities should be adopted, and when a child can walk unaided they should be active for at least three hours spread out throughout each day.

Children and young people (5 to 18 years) – This group should engage in moderate to vigorous activity (which includes running, ball games or gymnastics) for at least an hour each day which will improve bone health, muscle strength and flexibility.

Adults (19 to 64 years) – It's advised that adults should exercise for at least 150minutes (2.5hours) a week. This should be exercise that increases the heart rate, including walking, cycling, football, gardening and even housework.

Older adults (65+) – Again, older adults are advised to be active for around 150 minutes a week, but focus on exercise which strengthens muscles at least twice a week, and those at risk of falls should focus on improving balance and co-ordination.

It also details the different activities available for all the age groups which include the Futures Programme which offers free access to Lifestyles Leisure Centres for young people up to the age of 17. This incorporates free swimming and payment of just £1 per gym session. The number of young people joining the scheme has averaged around 1,000 per month with an increase of 57,000 visits to centres across the City.

The benefits of being active are outlined, such as improves self-esteem, widening social networks and it's a great way to let off steam.

This latest strategy builds on the success of the Active City Strategy (2005 to 2010) which saw an increase in the level of physical activity in the City. Following the completion of this strategy, a survey carried out revealed:-

There was a 3% increase in the number of residents who were sufficiently active between 2005 and 2011; this was almost four times higher than the national change of 0.7%.

There was a 5.2% increase in the number of people taking up exercise in the City and North area

The Be Active - Be Healthy reflects on the success of its predecessor, focusing on successful initiatives launched during this period including Cycle for Health which began in 2005 with 2 venues and 86 people attending; this has now established into 23 venues with 636 participants who have completes a total of 4,990 rides. Walk for Health, launched in 2006 took place in 11 venues, involving 384 people. By 2011 the scheme was delivered across 34 venues with 2,111 people taking part in 11,305 walks.

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