Citizens across the North invited to
get moving and help heart research in UK digital health 1st
NOKIA and the Connected Health Cities (CHC)
programme have launched CityMoves, an 8 week step challenge taking place from 23
October to 21 December 2017.
The challenge promotes healthy living and the positive use of data and
technology in health and research. It is an opportunity for citizens across the
North of England to help advance science's understanding of how low intensity
exercise improves heart health.
Participants will be able to track their steps through the Nokia Health Mate app
that also allows users to measure their pulse rate using their smartphone
The project will be delivered across Connected Health Cities 4 City regions
including:- Greater Manchester, Yorkshire, Liverpool and the North West Coast and
Newcastle and the North East. Each region will be able to see how the amount of
steps they have taken over the period compares to the others.'
As well as daily updates on the dedicated website, each week users will get
personalised feedback with information about their progress and how they compare
to others from across the North.
Throughout the 8 weeks of the challenge CHC and Nokia will keep people motivated
with motivational content, seasonal tips to get moving more, hundreds of fitness
tracker give aways and awareness messages on how to keep your heart healthy.
After the 8 week period de-personalised data will be sent to The University of
Manchester's Connected Health Cities programme where data scientists will look
for changes in heart rate across the study period.
Prof John Ainsworth, Director of Connected Health Cities said:- "More
effective use of data and technology has great potential to deliver health
benefits for all of us. The CityMoves study is a great example for people to see
the positive impact that their data can have.
In CityMoves study we aim to develop a better understanding of the relationship
between increased physical exercise and resting heart rate, a key indicator of
To join the programme participants can register at nokia.ly/Citymoves, choose
their team and begin measuring their steps and watch as they rise up their
team's leader board.
More street lights replaced
with modern LED lamps
A further 600 street lights in Wirral
are being replaced with new LED lamps as part of an ongoing programme of work to
modernise and improve the borough's street lighting network.
In the latest phase of work, which begins this week, 280 lighting columns will
also be replaced as Wirral Council continues to make further significant
investment in its highways infrastructure.
Jones Lighting Ltd have been awarded the contract to carry out this work from
now until the end of December 2017, although subject to confirmation of further
funding, there is scope to extend this contract until March 2018 and replace
even more lanterns and columns with modern LED lighting.
Councillor Stuart Whittingham, Wirral Council Cabinet Member for Highways and
Transport, said:- "I am delighted that the Council has allocated ₤500,000
from its Capital Programme to help us continue our street light replacement
programme and address the current issues we have with broken lighting equipment.
In addition to this investment from our capital budget, we are also going to be
bidding for Salix funding to replace over half of the remaining lighting stock
with LEDs next year. With these significant investments, I am confident that a
number of problem locations with longstanding street lighting faults will be
tackled and that we are now moving towards a modern, energy efficient and more
reliable street lighting network that is fit for the future."
It is widely-known that the Council has had issues with how it manages the
volume of reports about faulty street lights and the backlog of repairs.
However, better arrangements are in place with the contractor to respond to
urgent repairs, while work is also well-advanced to improve how information is
provided to residents once they have logged a street lighting report.
Cllr Whittingham added:- "We are committed to upping our game when it
comes to street lighting, but it is important that when we commit investment to
an issue, we are able to deliver long-lasting improvements. That's why we are
continuing with the replacement programme; LED street lighting technology is
now economical, more energy efficient and longer lasting than old sodium
Further information and a full list of locations where the latest phase of work
will take place can be found on the Council's website.
Norovirus warning for
VISITORS are being asked to stay away
from Hospital if they have recently suffered from vomiting or diarrhoea.
Norovirus, the winter vomiting bug, is circulating in the community and 1 case
was confirmed at Southport and Formby District General Hospital.
A number of beds on wards 7A and 10A where temporarily closed to new
admissions, as a precaution.
Andrew Chalmers, Deputy Director of Infection Prevention and Control, said:-
"Instances of diarrhoea and vomiting are always investigated when they occur
in hospital. As a precaution we may close bays within wards while we investigate
the cause, which is usually due to a patient's medical condition rather than
Coming to Hospital as a visitor when you are poorly with sickness and diarrhoea
risks spreading germs to patients and staff. Please stay away unless it is
absolutely necessary. If a visit is essential, please telephone the ward manager
Symptoms of norovirus include a sudden onset of vomiting and/or diarrhoea. Some
people may have a temperature, headache and stomach cramps.
The illness usually resolves in 1 or 2 days and there are no long term effects.
If you are affected, stay at home, drink plenty of fluids, wash your hands after
using the toilet and prior to eating, and clean or disinfect contaminated
The British Heart Foundation appeals
for North West businesses to join the fight against heart disease
COMPANIES across the North West are
being encouraged to help beat heart disease in the local area by joining forces
with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) - Europe's largest funder of heart and
Heart and circulatory disease kills nearly 160,000 people in the UK each year,
stealing them away from families and loved ones. In the North West alone, close
to 18,000 lives are lost to heart and circulatory disease and around 840,000
currently live with the burden of these devastating conditions
The BHF is calling on organisations across the region to help end this
devastation by supporting the charity's lifesaving work and becoming an official
charity partner. Last year, companies in the North West raised around ₤75,000,
which will help BHF researchers identify revolutionary new ways to prevent,
diagnose and treat heart and circulatory disease.
Companies can also play a vital role in helping the BHF create a nation of
lifesavers. By training staff in how to perform lifesaving CPR, local businesses
can empower colleagues with skills they need if someone suffers a cardiac
Michelle Bailey, BHF Fundraising Manager for the North West, said:- "Heart
disease is heartless. Too many lives are lost in the North West each year, and
we're determined to do everything we can to keep more families together.
We urgently need more funds to help end the devastation caused by heart disease,
which is why we're calling on the support of companies; large and small; across
the region. Every pound raised through partnerships will help make a difference
to the millions living with the terrible burden of heart disease."
BHF research has helped halve death rates from heart and circulatory disease
over the past 50 years, but there is still a long way to go. Through the
public's generosity the BHF will fund half a billion pounds of new research by
For more information on how the BHF works with corporate partners, as well as
how your business can get involved, visit the BHF