Posts Tagged ‘Health’

Is 24/7 hour opening really good for you?

June 27, 2012

Now that our latest period of 24/7 opening is over, this gives pause for thought on whether it’s really a good idea:

http://funktious.wordpress.com/2012/05/17/in-which-i-rant-about-24-hour-opening/

As ever, let us know what you think…

World Blood Donor Day

June 14, 2012

Today the World Health Organisation is celebrating World Blood Donor Day to raise awareness about the importance of donating blood to help those in need of a transfusion:

http://www.who.int/worldblooddonorday/en/

And here is the UK Blood Service site: http://blood.co.uk/

Smoking

March 14, 2012

The BBC was reporting today on the rise of the shisha bar in Glasgow, with a health charity warning that one hour of inhaling flavoured tobacco through a shisha was equivalent to smoking 100 cigarettes. Being No Smoking Day it’s worth looking on a more general level at this map in which the size of the territory is proportional to the number of men who smoke there.

http://www.worldmapper.org/display.php?selected=242

It’s interesting to compare that with the equivalent map for female smokers.

http://www.worldmapper.org/display.php?selected=241

Quiet Mark

February 16, 2012

Library users know only too well how excessive noise can have a detrimental effect on our working environment. Also, during our daily lives we are surrounded by noise from traffic, neighbours, music players, industrial machinery and domestic appliances . Quiet Mark (a trading arm of the Noise Abatement Society) aims to redress this situation with an international mark of approval award programme that aims to encourage the development of noise reduction in everyday machines and appliances.

http://www.quietmark.com/

Is sitting killing you?

January 12, 2012

Perhaps particularly appropriate at exam time and with the Library open 24/7 for the remainder of the month, this infographic might save your life!

http://vickybeeching.com/blog/is-sitting-killing-you/

Our thanks to the marvellous Vicky Beeching who brought this to our attention and on whose blog you’ll find it.

Movember

November 25, 2011

This month you may have seen more men sporting moustaches this month than you may normally would. This is for Movember, a charity movement during the month of November that encourages the growing of moustaches to raise money and awareness for men’s health charities. We have been marking this at the Library with a display on the top floor of moustaches and articles about men’s health. Here is some further information about Movember:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Movember

Parkinson’s Disease Day

April 11, 2011

Today is Parkinson’s Disease Day which marks the beginning of Parkinson’s Disease Week. Here is the Parkinson’s Disease UK website with more information:

http://www.parkinsons.org.uk/

No Tobacco Day

May 31, 2010

Today is World No Tobacco Day, an initiative from the World Health Organisation, encouraging smokers to give up their cigarettes and cigars just for one day:

http://www.who.int/tobacco/en/

International Midwives’ Day

May 5, 2010

Today is the Nineteenth International Midwives’ Day. This is a Dutch idea to celebrate the role of midwives:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Midwives%27_Day