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Nearly one in six men and one in ten women die from coronary heart disease according to figures released by the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

But BMI The Three Shires Hospital Consultant Cardiologist Dr Dominic Cox says that figures released by BHF show as much as 75% of cardiovascular disease is preventable.

As part of National Heart Month, which runs throughout February, Dr Cox is calling on people to make small changes that will make a big difference!

He explained: “Whether it’s getting active, stopping smoking, cutting down on alcohol or just making some simple ‘food swaps’  most people do have the power to change their heart health for the better.

“First and foremost – ditch the cigarettes! I know it can be tough but help is out there. Visit your GP and ask for advice – and do it now. An estimated 22,000 deaths each year from cardiovascular disease can be attributed to smoking – the sooner you stop the quicker you will reap the benefits.”

Dr Cox is backing the BHF’s ‘Ten Minutes to Change Your Life’ campaign running throughout National Heart Month, which tells people of the various lifestyle changes people can make.

“The idea is to keep things simple – to make small changes that people can stick with a build on.  Ten minutes a day spent walking is better than no walking at all. Once ten minutes becomes a habit you can build on that and gradually do more.

Look after your heart

Look after your heart

“Being overweight can put great stress on your heart, so time working out a healthier diet – cutting back on salt and eating more fruit a vegetables – can pay dividends by helping you feel and look much better.”

According to BHF figures released last month (January 2015) cardiovascular (heart and circulatory) disease effects an estimated seven million people in the UK and causes around 160,000 deaths each year.

“People should be looking at these figures and saying ‘I’m making my changes now’. I am not overstating the case when I say it really can be a matter of life or death,” said Dr Cox.

For more information on the British Heart Foundation’s Ten Minutes to Change Your Life campaign visit


FREE Health Check Available

Northamptonshire County Council is urging eligible residents to make sure they take the opportunity to get their free NHS health check.

Everyone is at risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and some forms of dementia – the good news is that these conditions can often be prevented.

Health checks are like a midlife MOT. Even if people are feeling well now, it’s a chance to check that some of their body’s most important systems are all running smoothly and allows them to be better prepared for the future and to be able to take steps to maintain or improve their health.

Health checks are available to most people aged between 40 and 74, who don’t already have an existing vascular condition that is already being taken care of by their GP.

They only take around 20 to 30 minutes and during this time blood pressure, cholesterol and BMI will all be checked. People will also be asked some simple questions about their family history and any medication they are taking.

After the health check they will taken through the results and given personalised advice on how to lower any risks and stay healthy.gskm-042114-pencil-2-1088

Councillor Robin Brown, Northamptonshire County Council cabinet member for public health and wellbeing said: “At this time of year, lots of us think about our health and look to see what lifestyle changes we can make.

“One easy way to really improve your chances of living a healthier life is to make sure that you don’t miss out on a free NHS health check if you are entitled to one.

“Even if you’re feeling fit and well, it’s worth getting checked over to help lower the risk of certain conditions developing in the future.  It takes less than half an hour to have the health check, and can make a real difference to your health and wellbeing.”

Anyone interested in getting a free health check should visit to check if they are eligible and get details of how to book, or contact their GP surgery for more information.

Arbonne Continues Expansion in Local Area

Northampton based health, beauty and wellness company, Arbonne, has appointed five new team members this month following a period of significant growth.Arbonne HQ

Three of its new staff – Magdalena Biel, Katrina Tyskowska and Sean Willmer – will be key to the company’s imminent launch in Poland, which will make Arbonne fully operational in five countries, including the U.S., Canada, Australia and the UK.Arbonne HQ 1

Magdalena joins as Polish Marketing Co-ordinator and has a wealth of experience in the network marketing sector, holding previous roles at a number of international organisations. She will be supported in this role by Customer Service Advisor, Katrina , exiting Polish speaking Customer Service Advisor Patrycja Dziubinska and Operations Assistant, Sean.

Completing the new team members are Pamela Oliver and Jessica Smith, who have taken on the roles of Finance Assistant and Customer Service Advisor respectively.  All five new recruits will be based from the company’s UK headquarters in Northampton, demonstrating Arbonne’s commitment to creating local employment opportunities.

Speaking about the organisation’s expansion, Arbonne UK’s Senior Marketing Manager, Kelly Lloyd-Sanderson, said: “The appointment of these new team members comes at an exciting time for Arbonne, which is continuing to double its rate of growth every two years. Taking on new staff with specialist knowledge will help us in delivering our future growth plans, including entering new markets and continuing to add to our innovative line of premium products.”S

As well as increasing the size of its team, Arbonne’s management has also recently received recognition from leading industry body, the Direct Selling Association (DSA). General Manager, Vicky Beckett, was shortlisted in the leadership category at this year’s DSA Awards, which recognise outstanding achievement in the sector.

Centred on the principles of pure, safe and beneficial, Arbonne’s diverse range of products can be purchased online or through its network of Arbonne Independent Consultants. Arbonne’s UK operation has continued to dramatically increase over the past 12 months, with its Independent Consultant base growing by 36 per cent.

To find out more about Arbonne or its product range, please contact 0800 9775721 or visit

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A private hospital in Northampton is supporting a national campaign to raise awareness of the UK’s top five preventable killers.

BMI Three Shires Hospital in Northampton is encouraging people to make an online pledge to help improve their health.

The Big Health Pledge is a nationwide campaign encouraging people across the country to look at their lifestyle choices, good and bad, and take a simple health pledge to allow them to see a change in their health.

Earlier this year it was revealed that the UK has slipped down the European health league on many indicators for ill-health. The Big Health Pledge is focused on the UK’s top five causes of preventable deaths – heart disease, stroke, cancer, lung disease and liver disease.

Each account for more than 150,000 deaths among under-75s in England and the Department of Health estimates that 30,000 of these are entirely avoidable .

In area covered by Northamptonshire County Council between 2009 -2011 there were 272 premature deaths, ranking it 72 out of 150 local authorities in England. Wokingham in Berkshire is number one with fewest premature deaths (200) while Manchester is at 150 with 455.

Supporting the Big Health Pledge campaign, consultants, nurses and the team at BMI Three Shires are encouraging people in the region to go online and complete a health survey to identify what health pledge they could make to see long term benefits to their health.

The campaign’s five pledges are:
• Improve Diet
• Move More
• Quit Smoking
• Drink Less Alcohol
• Be Health Aware

The intention for each pledge is to give people easy to follow, manageable steps that will help them on the road to a healthier lifestyle.

Dominic Bath, Executive Director at the hospital said: “All too often we can forget the simple advice given to us that can help benefit our lives.

Dominic Bath

“But the Big Health Pledge will hopefully get people thinking about how they could eat healthier, be more active, quit smoking, drink less alcohol and be more health aware – all steps to a healthier, happier life.”

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