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New Seminars on Men's Health and Women's Health

Men's Health
The particular health problems that men experience and the special health risks that they face are different to those of women – not surprisingly! Men can also be less than willing to consult doctors about their concerns or fears. This talk will look at some of those differences, and propose a general preventive health strategy for men, with particular focus on heart and prostate health, and male vitality.

Subjects covered include heart health (including blood pressure), prostate health, male vitality (including erectile function), weight management and stress reduction, gastric reflux and sleep apnoea.

Women's Health
This talk will cover hormonal havoc (from PMS/T to menopause, taking in endometriosis, fibroids, etc.), breast and ovarian cancer risk reduction, The Belly Bloat, low energy and hypothyroid (which is widespread and often underdiagnosed in the female population). Other topics will include common female nutrient deficiencies, restless leg syndrome and nutritional support for healthy hair, nails and skin.

Core Topics

Session A
How to: EAT TO BEAT STRESS AND FATIGUE
Focus: energy, concentration, mood, behaviour

Explains how the body makes and sustains energy, the workings of the adrenal (stress) hormones and how they affect physical and mental functioning, and the optimal eating patterns for sustained energy, mood and concentration, lower stress levels, improved sleep, and long-term weight management.

Session B
How to: BOOST NATURAL IMMUNITY AND VIRAL DEFENCE
Focus: reducing susceptibility to viral and bacterial infections, and work absence

Explains the workings of the innate immune system, our first and fastest protection against viral or bacterial invasion, and why the health of the human host is as important as the aggressiveness of the invader. Explains the optimum diet and nutrients for avoiding or minimising the strength and duration of infections, as well as the vital links between a well functioning digestive system and good immune function.

Session C
How to: BUILD PROTECTION AGAINST LONG-TERM HEALTH RISKS AND THE COMMON LIFESTYLE DISEASES
Focus: reducing long-term health risks

Following on from session A on the links between stress and fatigue, this covers the role of inflammation and oxidant damage to cells in creating the conditions for disease, and the straightforward steps that can be taken to protect long-term health and guard against the different kinds of cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, arthritis and other lifestyle-associated diseases.

Session D
How to: KEEP KEY PLAYERS FIT AND HEALTHY
Focus: executive/management stress, blood pressure, cardiovascular protection and weight management

Outlines the risks to our cardiovascular health from constant pressure, the key signs to look out for (both male and female), the role of nutrition in mitigating heart and weight gain risk, and how to balance good and bad fats. The session can also include information on insulin resistance/metabolic syndrome and raised homocysteine, particular risk areas for executives and managers.


Session E

How to: FEED THE BRAIN!
Focus: good cognitive function and performance, memory, mood

Looks at the kind of nutrition needed that the human brain needs to function optimally and remain clear and focused, as well as how to maintain strong memory function, a common concern both for busy people and those who wish to avoid Alzheimer’s disease in later life. It draws on the very latest research about the mind/nutrition connection and also covers mood problems, including depression.


Session F

How to: IMPROVE YOUR SLEEPING PATTERN
Focus: restoring and maintaining good sleep patterns, even under stress

Covers the many ways in which we may inadvertently but regularly disturb our sleep function through our food choices and behaviours, as well as the key ingredients, foods and habits that can help you get off to sleep easily and avoid regular and/or early waking. It also looks at the research into the long-term adverse effects of regular sleep insufficiency or deprivation.


Session G

How to: DIGEST YOUR FOOD COMFORTABLY AND EFFICIENTLY
Focus: Acid indigestion, IBS, bowel disturbance, bloating/wind

Takes attendees on a tour of the digestive tract, explaining what is needed to ensure regular smooth digestion and absorption, and common causes of digestive disturbance, including bowel ecology, food sensitivity, eating patterns, food combinations and the effects of stress on the human gut.


Session H

How to: MAINTAIN A GOOD WEIGHT THE EASY WAY
Focus: sustainable weight loss; eating pattern for glycaemic control ( low G.I./G.L.)

A popular session that covers in detail the key pattern of eating (glycaemic control) that research has shown to be the most effective for ongoing weight control, as well as the various metabolic, hormonal and digestive obstacles to weight loss and how to combat them.


Session I

How to: EAT TO SUPPORT EXERCISE AND SPORTS ACTIVITY
Focus: energy, performance, weight

Outlines the principles of good exercise nutrition and the best food and drink choices for before, during and after exercise, as well as the right balance between carbohydrates, fat and protein. It explains the nutrients used up by exercise and the need to replenish them, and how to avoid the dangers of oxidative stress. It will be of benefit to both serious athletes and those who exercise regularly for good health. Explains how the body makes and sustains energy, the workings of the adrenal (stress) hormones and how they affect physical and mental functioning, and the optimal eating patterns for sustained energy, mood and concentration, and improved sleep, digestion and immunity.

Audience Sizes

  • Seminars for smaller staff groups (15 to 20 employees)
  • Presentations to larger staff groups (up to 150 employees)
  • Focussed discussions with Management Teams or board

Seminar options

       • Stand-alone sessions
       • Sequence of sessions over time**
             –reinforcing the message and sustaining the changes
             –building a portfolio of healthy eating patterns
               and health knowledge
             –deepening the investment in staff welfare

** can include ongoing support via regular health bulletins for dissemination to staff

Additional support options

  • One-to-one consultations for staff facing particular health problems, either on-site or at the Cheltenham Holistic Health Centre

    This can be particularly useful for staff who are having regular or intermittent time off, or simply cannot perform wholeheartedly at work, due to common health problems (such as irritable bowel syndrome, headaches/migraines, regular infections) which cannot be resolved by their doctor.  This can provide valuable support to absence management activity.
  • Tailor-made talks and seminars for specific staff groups, e.g. shift workers, those travelling regularly on business, middle managers, groups undergoing organisational change

    Both shift working and regular business travel can make food choices and healthy eating patterns more tricky

    Middle managers often face particular stresses and strains that can take a toll on their sleep patterns and mental wellbeing

    Organisational change can often place particular, time-limited pressures on staff during which potentially supportive eating patterns can be neglected 

 

“The seminar has created a real buzz around the organisation……..”

“The difference to staff eating habits is extraordinary…….”

“Staff……….are already feeling less stressed and much calmer”




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Sally Whitman of Blackberry Nutrition experienced nutrition consultant and nutritional therapist with a very busy clinic in Cheltenham, near Gloucester, Gloucestershire