People with diabetes urged to opt for
healthier curries during National Curry Week
PEOPLE with diabetes are being called
on to learn how to cook healthier curries to help manage their condition and
live healthier lives. With National Curry Week presently underway, ending on 16
October 2017, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust's 'DESMOND' Service which supports
people with Type 2 Diabetes is advising people with diabetes that they can still
enjoy a good curry while still eating healthy, and that attending a 'DESMOND'
sessions would provide participants with the knowledge and skills to manage and
improve life with Type 2 Diabetes.
Heather Platt, Diabetes Structured Education Coordinator at Lancashire Care NHS
Foundation Trust, said:- "Everybody loves a good curry and why shouldn't
they? People, however, need to realise that curries are not always as healthy as
they should be. Just by making a few simple changes, people can make a healthier
curry that is both tasty and delicious. This is particularly important for
people with diabetes or at risk of developing the condition. Attending 'DESMOND'
sessions can help people understand what diabetes is, make healthier food
choices, become more active and learn how to live well with diabetes. Our
service also advises on how to cook homemade curries using less fats and oils,
and adding more vegetables and pulses for a cheaper option such as chickpeas and
lentils. If you buy readymade curry from the supermarket use the food label and
traffic light information to make healthier choices."
The 'DESMOND' service has developed 10 top tips to make curries that are high in
flavour and low in calories:-
► Limit the amount of oil to 1 teaspoon per person (choose olive oil, rapeseed
oil and sunflower oil which are higher in unsaturated fats.)
► Use low fat crème fraiche, low fat yoghurt and fromage frais.
► Go veggie and add pulses such as chickpeas and lentils, which are a good
source of protein.
► Add lots of different vegetables which add colour and make up your
'5 a day.'
► Watch the salt.
► Tomato based curries are a great switch and need very little oil.
► Use fish to add omega 3.
► Reduce meat and use leaner cuts.
► Instead of fried rice or pilau, swop to boiled rice.
► Add more herbs and spices and reduce the extra salt.
Curry is a national favourite with over 9,000 restaurants in the UK serving
curries and millions of Britons who enjoy the dish. More information about
making curry and Asian food healthier can be found on the Diabetes UK website.
Lancashire Care is the local provider of a national programme called:- 'DESMOND'
that supports people living with Type 2 diabetes. 'DESMOND,' which is an acronym
for Diabetes Education and Self Management for On going and Newly Diagnosed.
Attending a 'DESMOND' session will help someone to understand how food, activity
and medication affect their diabetes control, what the long term risks of living
with Type 2 diabetes are and how an individual might reduce these risks.
To find out more, contact the 'DESMOND' Office on:- 01772 777620
or send an
Alternatively, speak to your GP, practice nurse or health care professional. For
general advice on any form of diabetes, call the Diabetes UK Helpline on:- 0345
123 2399 or visit:-
Liverpool conference on Palestine
LIVERPOOL Friends of Palestine are
holding a major day conference Britain and Palestine, 100 Years of Broken
Promises, at the Friends Meeting House, Liverpool, on Saturday, 21 October 2017.
The conference will be chaired by Nicholas Frayling, Dean Emeritus of Chichester
who was Rector of Liverpool Parish Church, from 1987 to 2002.
The main speakers will be:-
► Ben Jamal, Director of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (British born of
► David Cronin, journalist, Deputy Editor of Electronic Intifada and the author of
the recently published Balfour's Shadow; a Century of Support for Zionism and
► Professor Jonathan Rosenhead, Emeritus Professor at the London
Economics, who was brought up in a strongly Zionist family in Liverpool.
The conference is held to mark the centenary of the 'Balfour declaration.'
On 2 November 1917, the British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour sent a letter
to Lord Rothschild saying that:- "His Majesty's Government view with favour
the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people and will
use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being
clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and
religious rights of the existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the
rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country."
Speakers will talk about the Declaration, the period of the British Mandate in
Palestine and the founding of the State of Israel in 1948, which led to the
flight of Palestinians, many of whom still live in refugee camps. Speakers will
also address subsequent events, including the aftermath of the 1967 war and the
continued Israeli occupation of Palestine, including the unequal treatment of
Palestinians within present day Israel.
The conference will be of interest to all who want to know more about this
period of Britain's colonial history and who are concerned to bring about a just
solution to the contemporary problems. There will be group discussions in the
second half of the day to share ideas.
Lancashire Care has been
shortlisted for the Excellence in Diversity Awards!
LANCASHIRE Care NHS Foundation Trust's
Equality and Diversity lead has been shortlisted for the Head of Diversity and
Inclusions Award, at 1 of the UK's most anticipated diversity awards.
Emma Allen, Equality and Diversity Lead has successfully been shortlisted for
the 'Head of Diversity and Inclusion' at this year's Excellence in
Diversity Awards, for her work in showing leadership, commitment and motivation
and driving the diversity agenda throughout an organisation and the wider
community. Emma is 1 of 5 people shortlisted, recognised for their hard
work, passion and devotion to the equality, diversity and inclusion agenda
through the promotion of all strands of diversity including:- age, disability,
gender identity, sexual orientation, race, faith, religion and culture.
This year's Excellence in Diversity Awards will recognise and celebrate all of
those who put diversity at the heart of everything they do and go above and
beyond the call of duty to improve the lives of others in their communities and
workplaces around them and will include a host of performances, inspirational
stories and special guests.
Emma Allen, Equality and Diversity lead at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust
said:- "I am so proud to be shortlisted for this award, especially because
I absolutely love my job! Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust is committed to
diversity and inclusion and I am enthusiastically supported by our Board, our
Equality and Diversity Champions all over the organisation, and Jo Harrison who
works alongside me. It's a privilege to have our work recognised by Excellence
in Diversity and we are really looking forward to meeting and learning from
fellow shortlisted nominees."
Paul Sesay, Chief Executive of the Excellence in Diversity Awards said:-
"In difficult and challenging times, using the talent of a diverse workforce is
more important than ever. Considering the diversity of your workforce and
fostering an inclusive working environment can bring business benefits and
provide a market advantage.
The Excellence in Diversity Awards continue to be an exceptional way to
celebrate the courageous actions of individuals and organisations, who are
already striving for inclusion. Let's celebrate the tremendous feats of our
incredible shortlisted nominees. Congratulations to all!"
To view the full list of shortlisted nominees, please visit the Excellence in
website. The winners will be
announced the prestigious black tie ceremony at The Midland Hotel, Manchester, on
30 November 2017.
environmental concerns over cockling
WIRRAL Council is working with partners
from a number of organisations to address concerns about the impact of shellfish
harvesting off the coast around Leasowe Bay.
Licensed harvesting at Leasowe has been permitted since the start of September
after it was found that cockles were of sufficient size and supply in that
location to open the cockle beds up to commercial gathering.
The activities are regulated by the North Western Inshore Fisheries and
Conservation Authority (NWIFCA) which works in co-operation with the local
authority, Natural England and the Food Standards Agency to manage the
The Council has provided dedicated vehicle parking, bins and toilet facilities
at a cost to the industry in an effort to ensure the activity doesn't impact
negatively on the local environment and on residents and visitors.
However, the arrangements are currently being reviewed as local people have
expressed concerns over littering and other anti social activities taking place
close to the harvesting areas.
Cllr Phillip Brightmore, Cabinet member for Environment, said:- "The
people gathering shellfish off the coast at Leasowe have a legal right to be
there, they are professionals and fully licensed by NWIFCA to operate. However,
they also have a responsibility to be considerate to others; local residents,
visitors and wildlife; as they go about their business and while the Council has
put measures in place to assist them, we have receiving reports that give us
cause for concern. With that in mind, we are re-engaging with our partners to
remind the licensed gatherers of their responsibilities and we will seek to take
enforcement action if littering or other issues continue around this location."
The harvesting season is open while viable stock is sufficiently plentiful or
until April 30 2018, whichever comes soonest. The numbers of people permitted to
work on the cockle beds is strictly controlled by NWIFCA and they are restricted
as to how they carry out the harvesting; by hand only; and over how they
access the beach.
In addition to this, the industry has also agreed to take steps to reduce noise
levels, particularly during the night time.
Cllr Brightmore added:- "We take the concerns raised seriously and while
we have already put measures in place to help minimise the impact on local
people and the local environment, it is right that we continue to monitor
activities and take action where necessary. If anyone commits
environmental crime whilst in the borough they will be subject to fixed penalty
notices and the costs associated with cleaning up after them recovered. Wirral
Council will not tolerate environmental crime."