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Better Choices, Better Health with Club Corona


According to the latest statistics; 1 in every 3 children, and nearly 2 of every 3 adults in the UK are overweight or obese, putting many at risk of complications or unnecessary death should they contract Covid-19.

The government’s recent announcement on its new obesity strategy linking it to “beating coronavirus” includes plans on banning TV and online adverts, ending “buy one get one free” promotion deals for high salt, sugar and fat foods, plus calorie labelling on restaurant menus.

Tailored to suit the varying needs of the general population, The Fit Box was quick off the mark to set up an online hub called ‘Club Corona’, specifically for members to stay fit and connected throughout lockdown.

Starting with a free live exercise schedule which ran from March to July, Club Corona continues to offer a lifeline to many people in terms of supporting mental and physical health.

Education provider and small group training club, The Fit Box, has continued serving its members and the wider community during the global pandemic via a series of online exercise classes and live workouts.

For the past 10 years, The Fit Box has coached members from its studio gym in Bracknell. Now, due to recent events, the team has shifted its focus to helping people as much as possible using the digital tools available.

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Paul Russell, founder The Fit Box says “Over the last 5 months, our workouts have reached tens of thousands of people around the globe, delivered by our excellent personal trainers. We are forever grateful for the generosity and commitment shown by all of our supporters during this time and we are now ready to move into the next phase of Club Corona, in line with the UK government’s Better Health Campaign.”

Paul Russell has pledged his time, every day, for the next 12 weeks to guide and educate anyone who is serious about achieving sustainable weight loss.

Throughout July, Russell has been eating and drinking high sugar and fat content to reach physical obesity himself, in order to fully empathise with those taking part.

Russell continues “There are no sales, no special shakes or potions, and no strings attached – we simply want to help people make better choices in order to live longer, healthier and more fulfilling lives”.

For their own benefit and to keep track of results, participants will be guided throughout a series of videos to write down the following information for future reference only:

  1. weight, height and waist circumference
  2. realistic and achievable fitness goals
  3. to do list / action plan

Measurement reviews will be taken on 24th August, 24th September and 22nd October and participants can choose if they wish to share their results with the group.

Anyone looking to take part and start a new path to better health, contact paul@thefitnessbox.co.uk or head over to the facebook page and search for ‘teamfitbox’ where the first of many videos in the programme can be viewed.

About Paul Russell

Founder of The Fit Box, Paul is responsible for developing bespoke fitness education and training solutions alongside the day to day running of one of the UK’s first Small Group & Personal Training Clubs. With a passion for the format, developments and options available within small group training, Paul is skilled in coordinating and planning multiple bespoke training programmes. Paul works with a broad range of clients, educating, supporting and training to help them achieve success and develop new skills.

About The Fit Box

For over 10 years, The Fit Box has delivered small group training and education within the local community and to fitness professionals.

Built on community, inclusion and innovation, The Fit Box developed the UK’s first professional Small Group Training qualification in 2013 which is supported by Active IQ & CIMSPA and delivered to members of the fitness community, organisations, local authorities, training providers and the general public.

Alongside regular classes, The Fit Box comprises a team of Personal Trainers, with a broad ranging skit set including Yoga, New & Expectant Mums, Performance Training, Body Composition, Mobility Development, Kettlebell Training & Padwork.

In usual circumstances, Personal Training is available at the club or at your home, place of work or other mutually agreed locations. Visit http://www.thefitbox.co.uk/ for further details
Email: paul@thefitbox.co.uk

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GET BRITAIN NORDIC WALKING FOR BETTER HEALTH


Switching your walk for a Nordic Walk will turbo charge your calorie burn by 20%, say British Nordic Walking

Get Britain Nordic Walking for Better Health is a new campaign from British Nordic Walking aimed at using the sport to help tackle the UK’s obesity crisis and get everyone enjoying better health, especially those who want to give a calorie-burning boost to their daily walk.

With increasing the amount of exercise people take now a component of the UK government’s strategy to tackle obesity and to reduce vulnerability to COVID-19, Nordic Walking is ideal for everyone who wants an easy-to-learn and accessible form of activity.

Proven to burn around 20% more calories than normal walking, Nordic Walking is a safe way to get more “bang for your walking buck”. Even in a group walk, it is easy to maintain social distance.
In Nordic Walking, the active use of specially designed poles engages both the upper and lower body, enhancing your walking technique, to propel yourself forward. It gives you a highly effective all over workout that doesn’t feel like one. Nordic Walking is a fun and social activity that can be enjoyed in town centres or open countryside throughout the year.

Dr Catherine Hughes, CEO of British Nordic Walking, said, “When lockdown began in March, a daily walk became a favourite activity for many people, especially those who haven’t been keen exercisers in the past. Nordic Walking is a very effective and efficient way of boosting the effect of your walk by burning more calories in the same time. It is kind to your joints and has a low rate of perceived exertion which means that you don’t feel that you’re working as hard as you really are.”

Gareth Davies is a British Nordic Walking instructor and Master Personal Trainer based in Stafford who has led a team to the 2019 Nordic Walking World Cup. He said, “I am certain that Nordic Walking has a valuable part to play in achieving significant weight loss and have seen this many times with my own clients. One, Ben Carnes, was pre-diabetic when we met and struggled with his general mobility. After working with me for 18 months he had lost over thirteen stone, normalised his blood glucose levels and completed several British Nordic Walking Challenges.”

Ben Carnes, who is registered blind, added, “When I first met Gareth I could barely walk 200 yards, took painkillers just to be able to get up from my chair and was very conscious of not being able to keep up with others during fitness classes. Nordic Walking has played a powerful part in improving my health, fitness and confidence. It really is true what they say, Nordic Walking is for everyone. If you can walk, you can Nordic Walk.”

About British Nordic Walking
British Nordic Walking CIC is a community interest company that trains and supports Nordic Walking instructors and develops Nordic Walking throughout the UK.

It is part of the International Nordic Walking Federation (INWA) and trains instructors to use the original 10 Step Method of teaching Nordic Walking. This is the technique that has been used in the research that demonstrates the 20% increase in calorie burn over normal walking.

Dr Catherine Hughes is CEO of British Nordic Walking CIC, a national INWA instructor trainer, and maintains her own local Nordic Walking classes.

Gareth Davies is a British Nordic Walking instructor, Master Personal Trainer, GP Exercise Referral Instructor and Weight Management Specialist for Diabetes and Obesity.

More information:
British Nordic Walking
Nordic Walking and weight loss
Nordic Walking burns 46% more calories than normal walking. Or does it?
The INWA 10 Step Method

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MindCheck announces Free Plan for its business mental health KPI platform

MindCheck’s holistic, data-driven Organisational Mental Health KPI Platform offers a 360º approach to employee wellbeing

BRISBANE; AUS; 16 July 2020 – As the world moves through a collective existential crisis – where home-work boundaries blur, uncertainty looms, and family pressures mount – it has never been more important for companies to fully embrace and understand the whole spectrum of employees’ mental, physical and emotional health. In 2020, it is not enough to look at employees’ wellbeing or wellness on a surface level, or as a mere checkbox exercise.

Depression, anxiety and stress – which were becoming ‘business-as-usual’ pre-pandemic – have now reached global epidemic proportions and make a nasty dent on businesses’ bottom lines. Did you know that, even before the pandemic, 20% of workers worldwide were suffering from debilitating depression, anxiety or stress every year? And that this continuously costs businesses about 5.8% of their payroll? Most people are not aware, as these costs are usually hidden, masked by misinformation, stigma and wilful ignorance on behalf of companies.

In the wake of the pandemic, global healthtech player MindCheck, born out of a passion and need for a human-first, holistic and hyper-personalised mental health approach, has announced that it is rolling out its MindCheck for Organisations platform worldwide, making its free plan available to all organisations for the first time.

Understanding that all organisations – regardless of size, headcount, industry or country base – need tailored mental health support now more than ever, MindCheck’s free plan has now been made available for immediate sign-up on MindCheck.me/orgs.

“From start-ups to scale-ups to SMEs and corporates, we believe that an inclusive, holistic, adaptable and integrated approach to mental health and wellbeing should be baked into the fabric of all companies from inception,” says MindCheck CEO Ricardo Se Cestari.

Having run successful pilots across the UK, Germany and Australia – from big industry to co-working spaces and SaaS scale-ups – MindCheck’s goal is to become the go-to 360º assessment tool for workplace mental health. As award-winning culture change and D&I expert Vessy Tasheva of Vessy.com, a delivery partner, says: “MindCheck has been critical to understand employee engagement, productivity and capacity to learn at any given time as well as identify what can be positively or negatively impacting the organization on a scale.”

MindCheck’s success has thrived in its ability to look at people through a 360º lens, as its Contributing Factors™ Assessment takes into account not only recent life events, sense of purpose and level of workload, but connection with nature, quality of sleep, relationships, gut health, and more. Moreover, it offers dedicated intersectional programmes for underrepresented groups ERGs i.e. women in business, LGBTQ+ and BIPOC, and unique partner innovative future tech and gamification solutions such as Healium, a US-based clinically validated VR & AR tool for stress, anxiety & burnout.

Matt Boyce, CEO & Founder of Australia’s Human Connection Project says, “Simply put Mind Check is a fantastic, perhaps even necessary, addition to any organisation. The ability to get an in-depth understanding of your communities’ mental health and overall wellbeing allows you to measure and implement positive, proactive steps to an inclusive, resilient and well workforce.”

MindCheck is the brainchild of successful tech executives who have had their personal battles with anxiety, depression and debilitating mental illness. The three founders have a combined 10+ university degrees from top universities such as Cambridge, Harvard, in the areas of Applied Psychology, IT, Business, HR, and Law. Under their belt, they hold dozens of academic excellence and industry accolades and are working alongside distinguished academics from King’s College London, NYU, Harvard and University of Queensland, as well as policymakers from the European Digital Society, to create a new mental health tech playing field that is holistic, digitally ethical, inclusive, evidence-based and, most importantly, accessible to all.

About MindCheck
MindCheck is a B2B/B2C digital platform delivering evidence-based frictionless, holistic & personalised mental health support for individuals & enterprises. It helps over 10,000 individual users per month better understand their levels of stress, anxiety & depression, as well as manage the possible causes underlying them (MindCheck Contributing Factors™). All through a simple and data-protected two-step assessment of over 55 lifestyle data points. Since inception, we have helped over 120,000 people with depression and anxiety worldwide.

For further information or PR enquiries, visit www.mindcheck.me
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Health management company eNano Health develop a saliva test that could help the UK lift the lockdown


Biomedical science company, eNano Health, have developed their unique test swab previously been used for viral infections such as SARs and MERS, in a response to the global pandemic. Unlike the current tests that look for antibodies or antigens, the saliva swabs measure changes that are present in the immune system, up to three days before symptoms even develop.

Bringing over 10 years of experience in monitoring illnesses and contagious viruses such as SARS, their non-invasive screening procedures that will meet the huge demand for rapid, regular testing during the Coronavirus pandemic. And with the news of several pubs having to close again shortly after re-opening for two days, the importance of testing to help control the virus and prevent further lockdowns is crucial.

Executive of the subsidiary company, eNano Health Europe, Peter Chan, says: ”Using eNano’s specific experience handling previous pandemics and outbreaks for countries in the Far East, we’re able to apply their extensive knowledge and experience to the current Coronavirus pandemic here in the UK. We’re confident the saliva swab is a cost-effective solution which will modernise the way in which the UK handles many other contagious viruses, moving forward.”

eNano Investor Tweedie Brown CBE adds; “Our main focus has always been to introduce a health management system in Europe. It so happened a pandemic broke out, and so we are able to offer an experienced pair of eyes offer assistance”.

As a localised lockdown is imposed on Leicester and some pubs swiftly shut again due to outbreaks, the saliva swabs would provide an effective solution to offering widespread testing quickly and efficiently. eNano Health’s swab could help instil confidence and help people get back to working and business reopening safely. The saliva swabs offer a cost-effective and easy to use solution that is scalable to supply the national coverage needed.

The swab tests already meet ISO 13485 standard and are now awaiting FDA, MHRA and CE accreditation for launch in Europe. Once granted, the next version of the test will change colour if a virus is present in the immune system- with or without symptoms being present.

These tests will not only significantly reduce the risk of false-negative results but also helps those who may have a virus such as Coronavirus but is asymptomatic, helping prevent the potential second wave. Further development means the swab will have a pregnancy test-style colour change, sharing results in a matter of minutes.

eNano Health and eNano Health Europe are now in discussion with leading Universities in the UK to start clinical trials for further sample pools for lab trials to process swabs before an official launch of the non-invasive home test kit alongside an accompanying app.

If you’ve had previous symptoms or want to put your pub or restaurant forward to take part in our lab trials, please email us on info@enanohealtheurope.com.

eNano Health Europe is also in discussions with a pilot scheme to open up one of London’s most popular tourist spots, Chinatown, safely using their saliva test kits allowing customers to visit restaurants.
For more information about the saliva test pilot scheme, visit https://enanohealtheurope.com/coronavirus/

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Packaging in a pandemic: How health and beauty brands can capitalise on shifting consumer habits


Recent research has indicated that changes in consumer shopping habits may be here to stay.

GlobalWebIndex’s ninth release of its coronavirus research shows that only 14% of shoppers in the UK and Ireland intend to return to buying from ‘brick and mortar’ shops immediately after lockdown eases.

Over half of global consumers say that it will be ‘some time’ or ‘a long time’ before they feel comfortable browsing the shelves of their favourite high street stores again.

Increased spending on beauty products
So, what does that mean for Health and Beauty brands? Well, it’s certainly not all doom and gloom; March 2020 saw a month on month increase of purchases of beauty products by over a third. And projections show that as the beauty-at-home trend continues, the brands who are ready and able to respond will be able to reap the rewards.

Getting products ‘Postal Ready’
Belmont Packaging are industry leaders in providing high quality postal and subscription box packaging, and having worked with a large number of Health and Beauty brands in their 40+ years of business, they are well placed to help those brands who are ready to focus more on the ecommerce aspect of their business.

Owner and Manager of Belmont Packaging, Kate Hulley said “It’s more important than ever that brands show flexibility in their business model, and our expert team can offer support and advice in the best way to get products ready to post out to customers. In the absence of a presence on shelves, it’s important that packaging enhances branding, and is of a high enough quality to compliment the products it contains. That’s where we shine.”

Product and service innovations are driving growth
The landscape of the Health and Beauty industry could look very different in the next 12 months.

Almost half of all businesses are reporting product and service innovations that they feel confident they will continue beyond the end of the Coronavirus disruption.

Whether businesses are considering introducing a subscription box model, or want to be able to deliver orders directly to their online customers, it is vital to consider how the products look when they arrive with the consumer. Attractive, quality branded packaging will deliver the shopping experience that customers are missing in these strange times.

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Glo Launches Online Health and Beauty Tutorials / Webinars to Help Home-Workers and Their Mental Health


Kelly Skipper, Director at Glo, explains why it was important for a small female-run business to pivot quickly and offer online alternatives:

“The current Covid-19 epidemic affects each and every one of us on many different levels, but one common ground is that everyone is under an immense amount of pressure, whether it is juggling work with home schooling, financial pressures or feeling isolated and anxious and whilst we are unable to offer treatments and services which would normally help them at a time like this, it felt like a natural fit to move as many of our services as we can online whilst also supporting our clients and their home workers. With Mental Health Awareness Week on the horizon we are hopeful that companies will be looking to invest in the health and wellbeing of their team and that our webinars and tutorials provide an educational and engaging solution for them”

Royal College of Radiologists, a Glo client, are currently providing online yoga classes for their workforce and said the following:

“We use Glo to provide yoga classes in our office on a regular basis, but as most of our staff are currently working from home Glo have been able to provide us with online yoga instead. The ability for staff to be able to continue with their yoga practise whilst in their homes and at the same time assist in reducing stress and improving their wellbeing, has been an important for us during the coronavirus pandemic and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Kelly and her team at Glo.”

Phoebe – HR Officer

Glo Pamper is a nationwide company that have been operating for over 13 years. They provide professional mobile therapists, teachers and stylists for pamper parties, corporate events and for accommodations along with wellbeing services for companies.

If you are interested learning more about the webinars/tutorials, would like to review/experience one or are interested in offering a webinar or tutorial as a prize, please get in touch:

For more information, please contact:

Kelly Skipper at 020 7096 0385 / Kelly@glo-pamper.co.uk

Website: www.glo-pamper.co.uk

Facebook / Instagram / Twitter: @Glopamper

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COVID-19: The Health Risks of Making Your Own Hand Sanitiser


Hand hygiene is an important part of the fight against COVID-19, but homebrew hand sanitisers can do more harm than good.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, more people are buying hand sanitisers than ever before. As one of the most sought after panic buy products, most shops and pharmacies are selling out as soon as they get a chance to restock. The result of this, however, has been a trend of people making homemade hand sanitisers with limited knowledge of what works against the virus or how to produce safe hand hygiene products.

How do hand sanitisers vary?
Broadly, there are two types of sanitisers to be aware of: alcohol-based and alcohol-free. Industry-standard alcohol-free sanitisers contain substitute chemicals that are just as effective in eliminating all microbes, including Coronavirus. The effectiveness of hand sanitisers will, however, vary dependent on the ratio and strength of their chemicals so this should be considered when making a purchase.

Are all alcohol-based hand sanitisers the same?
Alcohol is present within hand sanitisers in two forms that should be looked out for: Isopropanol Alcohol (IPA) and Denatured Ethanol (DE). Both of these types of alcohol are able to protect against the virus. There will also usually be a percentage found on any hand sanitisers, however, that is important. This percentage tells you the volume of alcohol present within the hand sanitiser. According to the CDC’s Hand Hygiene Recommendations, sanitisers should have contain more than 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol to protect effectively against the virus.

While it may feel intuitive to go for as high an alcohol volume as possible, those that are very high in alcohol content can actually be ineffective. This is because, the higher the alcohol content in sanitisers, the quicker they evaporate when applied to skin.

Why not make my own hand sanitiser?
While self-isolation can inspire people’s DIY spirit, it is important to remember that there is a reason why hand sanitiser companies exist in the first place. From damaging or cracking skin after use (making them more susceptible to infection), to cross-contamination, making your own can hand sanitiser can cause more problems than it solves. IPA and DE also present a significant safety risk when handled outside a controlled environment, being highly flammable substances.

There is also the risk that popular homemade sanitiser recipes are actually not going to protect against the virus. One such recipe, popularised here on the Verge, requires 91 percent rubbing alcohol and one part aloe vera gel. This recipe should produce something with theoretically 60.6% alcohol content. According to CDC guidelines, however, an IPA-based hand sanitiser should contain at least 70% to be effective against COVID-19.

Keeping hands sanitised
Local newsagents along with online cleaning product suppliers that are still stocking hand sanitisers, such as Cleanroom Supplies, can both be effective alternatives to making regular trips to the supermarket. While in the home, it is also important to remember that soap and warm water are effective for protecting against COVID-19, meaning that you can save your hand sanitiser for whenever you need to make a journey. As the CDC highlight in their hand sanitiser factsheet, however, you must make sure that your hands are clean and washed before using any hand sanitiser.

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Folio Launches Mobile Health Passport to Help Safely Reopen Economies


Folio has today announced release of its Mobile Health Passport to enable instant digital verification of any user’s coronavirus-related health status via their smartphone.

As countries move on from lockdowns, authorities and health institutions need to ensure the risks of secondary infection peaks are minimized.  For economies to reopen and citizens to mobilize, authorities need to quickly and accurately verify the health status of individuals, and many governments are urgently exploring the use of plastic health passports and wristbands.

Folio’s streamlined, contactless digital-wallet alternative eliminates the need for plastic cards and wristbands (potential Covid-19 vectors) for the vast majority of citizens.

Once citizens are tested for coronavirus, health entities can register their health status and issue them with an immutable, biometrically secure digital health passport to their smartphones.  This digitized health passport will enable increased and safer citizen mobility as governments begin to reopen their economies.

The health passport is being provided for free to governments around the world.

With its advanced biometrics and online verification, Folio provides certainty that the bearer of the passport is exactly who they claim to be with a verifiable health status at that point in time.

Folio’s digital wallet allows every individual to be in complete control of their privacy.  Their credentials are secured locally on their smartphone, accessible only by them, and shared upon their consent to verifiable authorities.

“In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have tailored our digital identity platform to incorporate this new Mobile Health Passport and are already working with governments that need quick and convenient health status verification,” said Tatiana Cogevina, Folio’s CEO.

“This dedicated solution can be securely deployed for any individual with a smartphone, which is about 3.5Bn people around the world.”

Functions of Folio’s Smart Health Passport solution:

  • Issue mobile certificates that verify health status instantly to an individual’s digital wallet
  • Assure no certificate can be spoofed, tampered or misused by another person
  • Remotely revoke or impose limitations of certificates
  • Enable controls on user access to locations, facilities, and services via biometric authentication

Folio’s Mobile Health Passport also provides a platform for ongoing health related interactions and monitoring (e.g. questionnaires, surveys, notifications).

About Folio:

Folio provides digital identity solutions for government and businesses that need the highest levels of assurance when verifying the credentials of individuals.

Folio has helped millions prove their identity for critical operations such as voting, customer onboarding, and complex regulatory compliance processes.

The Folio app works on most Android and IOS smartphones, conforms to the highest international standards, and is used daily around the world to manage key ID documents like passports and driver’s licenses.

For more information visit Folio.id, or download the app on Google Play or the App Store.

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Satipharm launches new Advanced CBD products – safeguarding your health and wellness


Health and wellness company Satipharm has launched their new CBD Advanced range starting with two products – Active and Focus. In addition to CBD, these capsules include targeted vitamins to help safeguard your health.

The Active capsules contain Satipharm’s patented CBD microbeads plus vitamins A, D, K and E. These vitamins have been specifically chosen to complement the CBD, for the effects they have on muscles, skin, bones and vision. Importantly, the Active capsules contain 200% of the Recommended Daily Allowance of vitamin D, which supports the functioning of the immune system. This ensures the body has adequate levels of vitamin D needed to produce the antimicrobial proteins that kill viruses and bacteria.

The Focus capsules contain the CBD microbeads, plus a targeted selection of B vitamins to support mental performance, psychological function and the reduction of tiredness & fatigue. B vitamins are necessary for creating neurotransmitters that regulate emotions, including serotonin and dopamine. Vitamin B6 also contributes to normal immune function.

Jonathan Hartshorn, CEO of Satipharm commented: “Supporting the health of our minds and bodies is always important. Getting quality sleep, minimising stress and getting sufficient vitamin D are three simple ways to help our immune systems function well and fight infections. The launch of our Advanced Active and Focus products enables individuals to take the right supplements to support their mental and physical wellbeing.”

Satipharm’s CBD Advanced range is powered by their patented Gelpell® technology which protects the cannabinoids by embedding them in microspheres. This Gelpell® technology has been clinically proven to increase the bioavailability of CBD, making Satipharm capsules the best way to take CBD. Taking a Satipharm 10mg CBD capsule is equivalent to taking 3.5 times the dose (35mg) of CBD oil.

About Satipharm
Satipharm is a health and wellness company, specialising in the development of cannabinoid-based products and focusing on clinical evidence-based recommendations to customers and patients. The Company’s mission is to deliver the highest quality products designed specifically for the needs of its consumers.

CBD (reference Dr Perry Solomon, CMO HelloMD)
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a naturally occurring active cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. Unlike THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, CBD has no intoxicating effect (high). These cannabinoids are just two of at least 113 identified in cannabis. CBD is most commonly used to treat insomnia, depression, anxiety and joint pain. Preliminary clinical reports indicate CBD to have analgesic properties, in addition to anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, anti-psychoactive, and anti-convulsant properties. CBD achieves this by directly (or indirectly) affecting neurological receptors responsible for pain modulation, inflammation regulation, and mood and stress management.

Bioavailability – is the proportion of a consumed substance which enters the bloodstream when introduced to the body and so is able to have an active effect on the body. A substance (such as CBD oil) may be readily absorbed but undergo significant metabolism by the liver before the active cannabinoids reach the circulation, thereby reducing its effect in the body.

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IHEART INSPIRES IN GLOBAL MENTAL HEALTH CONFERENCE


1st&2nd April: Over 1200 sign up to London-based Mental Health Charity’s virtual event to help global community ‘Find Emotional Freedom in Lockdown.

April 2020 – London –1200  people from over 25 countries, including mental health experts, educators, parents and young people from around the world signed up for London-based mental health charity IHEART’s (Innate Health Education and Resilience Training) FREE two-day virtual conference ‘Finding Emotional Freedom in Lockdown’ on 1st& 2nd April.

Pulled together in just over a week and a virtual ‘first’ for IHEART, this hugely successful event was designed to help parents, families and educators to help themselves – and others – navigate the uncertain and unchartered waters of the covid-19 pandemic. A range of international speakers including leading medical experts, best-selling authors, mental health professionals and educational leaders (see attached for key speaker bios) delivered a blend of uplifting presentations, interactive workshops and panel discussions covering subjects including dealing with fear and stress, finding wellbeing in the face of loss and trauma, keeping the kids sane during lockdown and helping them to cope with the stress of leaving school suddenly.

“The need for all of us to educate ourselves about our emotional resilience and mental health has never been greater- the numbers speak for themselves,” says IHEART CEO Brian Rubenstein. “The main aim of this event was to show that freedom is a state of mind, so that even in a global lockdown, all of us can experience psychological and emotional freedom and good mental health to share with those around us.”

Essential, given a potential global health pandemic on our doorstep.  “It is my prediction that after we get through the next several weeks of social isolation, the biggest trauma will be on Mental Health which is why this conference was so important,” says Keynote Speaker, Dr Arthur Rubenstein, MBBCh, Professor, Department of Medicine at the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at U Penn, who also adds that the fallout for mental health “could be even worse than the physical illness (Corona) itself… These are unprecedented times.”

A time which also provides the opportunity to learn about our own innate resilience. “Schools may have closed down, but we are now in the school of life and life is teaching us where our wellbeing actually resides,” adds IHEART Founding Trustee and Facilitator Debbie Fisher.  “This is a wonderful learning opportunity for all of us.”

For further information on the conference, IHEART, plus speaker bios, follow this link:  https://iheartprinciples.com/virtualconference/

Since launching just over three years ago, the IHEART Programme – developed to help our youth strengthen their innate mental health and resilience – has been delivered to over 90 schools/youth groups and almost 5,000 young people. NB: Our highly experienced mental health faculty can also provide expert interviews and quotes for your article/ report /segment on mental health and resilience. Contact Catherine: 07399 011 382 or email catherine@iheartprinciples.com

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