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Gregg Wallace’s daily routine and diet plan after losing impressive 5 stone

Gregg Wallace, the MasterChef judge, has shared his typical weekend routine in gregg-wallace-autistic-son-weight-loss-alcohol/”The Telegraph‘s My Saturday column. Gregg starts his day at 5am, reading for an hour before making coffee and checking his health programme sign-ups.

He then heads to the gym for a private swim and sauna, before hitting the treadmills. Despite working towards a goal of 50,000 steps a week, he insists there’s “no sweating”.

After his workout, Gregg enjoys breakfast at the local Harvester with his PA. Despite losing five stone, he admits: “I’m now 12 stone and I have less than 18 percent body fat and a six-pack, but I have a belly that bloats. I guess we all have our imperfections.”

People surprised to see the star dining at budget chain restaurants, but he loves it. He admitted he always has bacon, sausage and fried egg. After that, a hearty lunch awaits him at home made by his wife Anna.

A few years ago, weighing almost 17 stone, doctors raised concerns about Gregg’s increased risk of serious health conditions.

The MasterChef host took charge and started making healthier food choices. He claimed that he managed to lose close to five stone “without dieting”.

He cut out unhealthy snacking and processed foods, opting instead for home-cooked nutritious meals. He didn’t follow a strict regimen but opted for a balanced, varied diet.

Gregg Wallace documented his weight loss journey on his lifestyle website, GreggWallace.Health. The site now offers weekly meal plans and hundreds of nutritionist-approved recipes for those wanting to shed some pounds.

The TV presenter explained that his plan doesn’t ban any foods, but it does advise against snacking. His website states: “This is not a strict diet, strict diets are hard to maintain. This is about swapping bad habits for good ones

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Mental Health Awareness Week – OSB Group leads the way with colleague support

As a leading specialist lender in the UK, OSB Group understands the importance of nurturing a diverse, equal and inclusive environment for colleagues, customers and the communities around them.

One year on from the launch of OSB Group’s initial Mental Health support programme for colleagues, there are now 38 qualified Mental Health First Aiders spread across their locations.

This week marks the annual Mental Health Awareness Week running from 15th to 21st May 2023 with this year’s theme centred on the impact of the cost of living crisis on people’s mental health. The 38 strong team of volunteer Mental Health First Aiders are on hand to listen without judgement and signpost available support via both professional and charitable organisations.



Running alongside this hands on support, are a variety of courses that colleagues can sign up to and range from ‘Every Mind Matters’, ‘Stress Management Techniques’ and ‘Wellness Action Plans’.

As the increased cost of living continues, OSB Group recognises the financial impact this may have on colleagues and has allocated an additional cost of living payment to all staff beneath senior management level again in 2023. Internal webinars have also been developed to help colleagues with budgeting and highlight everyday hacks that could help reduce costs.

Jon Hall, Group Managing Director, Mortgages and Savings, OSB Group said “Mental Health Awareness Week is a great opportunity to highlight available support and encourage conversations to flow but it’s also important to ensure our colleagues feel supported all year round as they are the key to our success at OSB Group and their health and wellbeing is a central focus. Helping colleagues when they need it most is critical and I am extremely proud of the range of support OSB Group offers.


Our Mental Health First Aiders programme goes from strength

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North Sea Energy Sector Mobilizes to Improve Mental Health Support After Disturbing Study Results

Nearly 200 representatives of energy industry organizations are looking to devise a plan aimed at enhancing mental health support available to North Sea workers, after a study found a large number of onshore and offshore workers experienced suicidal thoughts while on duty.

According to the International Association of Drilling Contractors, the sector-wide agreement, which is being driven by the North Sea Chapter of IADC, is being developed in recognition that more must be done after research found 40% of onshore and offshore workers experienced suicidal thoughts some or all of the time while on duty.

A dedicated team has determined the key areas of focus for the industry, with the document poised to undergo a wider consultation with stakeholders – including psychologists – before being issued in the coming weeks.

The hope is that the charter will help create the cultural and process changes required to improve mental health support for onshore and offshore workers.

Darren Sutherland, Chair of the IADC North Sea Chapter, said:”Despite past efforts, the needle on mental health improvement does not seem to be moving in the right direction, let alone at pace. Tools have been created to better support mental health previously, but these have largely been activated through sign posting tactics and have failed to address the necessary cultural change required.

“The current generation of oil and gas workers will be remembered for being at the head of the energy transition – but that transition must include improving how we care for each other. And it must start today.”

The charter includes contributions from operators, contractors, psychologists, and third sector organisations. It provides a framework to improve the mental health and safety of workers across the industry, detailing explicit actions, processes and improvements for all charter signatories to follow, IADC said.


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Bill supporting mental, behavioral healthcare coverage heads to Gov. Stitt’s desk

The full Senate gave final approval to legislation on Thursday that would ensure Oklahomans have access to mental and behavioral healthcare in a timely and more affordable manner.

Sen. Jessica Garvin, R-Duncan, authored Senate Bill (SB) 254, which requires insurers to arrange such care quickly with an out-of-network provider if such care is unavailable in-network.

“In a mental health crisis, getting proper care can be a matter of life and death. This will require insurers to help patients arrange mental health care when they can’t find timely services on their own,” Garvin said. “This reform will make sure Oklahomans can get the help they need quickly and without the higher costs associated with out-of-network care. This will make Oklahoma a leader in mental health care.”

Under SB 254, should a patient not be able to find the necessary in-network mental and behavioral healthcare, the insurer will be required to arrange the necessary care out-of-network. The bill prohibits costs for out-of-network care from being passed onto the patient outside of their normal deductible and copay. Each health plan will also be required to have a documented procedure to assist a plan member in accessing out-of-network behavioral healthcare.

SB 254 also allows the Oklahoma Insurance Department to see the procedure if they have to investigate an instance of a failure to ensure coverage. Lastly, the bill will also allow telehealth services to be used when deemed medically appropriate.

Rep. Jeff Boatman, R-Tulsa, authored the bill while in the House.

“When mental health services are unavailable in a reasonable timeframe, Oklahomans suffer,” Boatman said. “By requiring a matching rate for in-network providers when care is provided out-of-network in these situations, Oklahomans across the state can receive the assistance they need without worrying about the cost

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Establishing a good support network during mental health awareness month

May is mental health awareness month, and across the state folks are taking a breath to focus on self-care.

After the intense isolation and uncertainty brought on by the political climate of the last few years and COVID-19, mental health treatment has only become more relevant.

Kari Oyen is the director of the school psychology program at the University of South Dakota. She said don’t underestimate the value of social interactions.

“The social-emotional system is running rampant,” Oyen said. “We do a lot of what we call reward seeking, so when you are beyond the age of 10 there’s a dip in your dopamine. Dopamine is the thing that makes you feel good when you get rewards. That’s what’s happening – you get that reward seeking – but what’s so fascinating about adolescents is you mostly feel those things in the presence of peers. There is a lot of perhaps misperception that is happening for our adolescents, and they really are perceiving that they are feeling quite isolated.”

Dr. Wallace Jackman with Avera said there are tangible effects to social media use.

“There’s a direct link between the amount of time folks spend on social media and their distress level, anxiety and depression,” Jackman said. “There’s a lot of research that supports that. We also know about 86 percent of adolescents sleep with their phone. We know sleep problems can contribute to more anxiety, more depression.”

But Jackman said we can’t be afraid of difficult conversations that surround mental health.

“That myth I think is still floating out there that would cause the person to commit suicide or hurt themselves,” Jackman said. “Research supports just the opposite. By asking folks those questions, ‘how are you doing,’ ‘you seem different today,’ or asking them if you know they have a

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Better workplace support needed for women’s health issues, nurses warn

A lack of workplace support for women’s health issues is driving nurses out of the profession, a nursing conference has heard.

Nursing staff at this year’s Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Congress have voted to push its governing council to ‘lobby employers to ensure that female employees are supported with specific women’s health and wellbeing needs’, such as the menopause, menstruation, fertility care and pregnancy.

Leading a debate on the topic at the conference, Francesca Steyn, chair of the RCN Fertility Nursing Forum said: ‘When faced with women’s health concerns, many women including those who identify as and were assigned female at birth may consider reducing their work hours or leaving work entirely.

‘Such concerns can include fertility problems, painful periods, gynae conditions, pregnancy and postnatal care and the menopause, and can impact working women both physically and psychologically.’

Ms Steyn said sanitary provisions in places of work were ‘often’ inadequate.

‘They’re not changed frequently enough, they’re disgusting, and women have to suffer that, especially if they’re suffering with endometriosis,’ she told the conference.

There were also instances where nurses have to ‘inject fertility medication in the toilets’ because there were no other appropriate spaces.

‘All we’re asking for is that women are not discriminated against at work due to their biology and they get the support they need in order to fill their career progression needs and not have to choose their career over their health,’ she added.

Chair of the RCN’s Women’s Health Forum Katharine Gale also took to the stand at congress and told of her experiences of endometriosis, fertility treatment and said that the menopause had forced her to walk out of her job.

‘I call on the [RCN] Council to commit to improving the support for women working in their own organisation, as well

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Crosscut Ideas Festival: Deepak Chopra talks holistic health at 76

This is the message that he brought to the Crosscut Ideas Festival during a virtual appearance with PBS NewsHour co-host Amna Nawas, recorded April 19, 2023.

Nawaz opens with a question about the increasing stress levels of American life during and since the pandemic, inspiring Chopra to circle back to his own experience with yoga study. Much yoga literature, he says, has not focused broadly enough on the totality of yoga practices and philosophy that incorporate all eight limbs, and in his book he wanted to correct that.

Listen to a podcast version of this conversation on the Crosscut Talks podcast.

Why? Because “I don’t think it’s fair to separate mental health from physical health,” he says, leading into a discussion of his recent research into the parasympathetic nervous system, which governs the body’s activities at rest (from heart rate to tone of voice) and his use of technology in stress-related therapy.

In a conversation that expanded well beyond this, his 93rd book, Chopra offered his ideas (and Plato’s) about world leaders and even names a specific person he would love to see run for U.S. president. He also discusses his own personal strategy for relieving stress (hint: avoid it), outlines how his career and business responsibilities and ambitions have been changing as he ages, and reveals the four questions we should all ask ourselves each day to nurture hope in the face of what seems like a constant deluge of bad news.

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Democracies weigh inviting Taiwan to World Health Organization meeting

GENEVA, Switzerland: As support for its participation grows despite China’s efforts to isolate it, democratically-governed Taiwan said it still hoped to be invited to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) annual assembly.

According to Foreign Minister Joseph Wu, several diplomatic allies and friendly countries had issued statements of support for Taiwan’s participation, or arranged bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the WHO assembly, which will run from 21st to 30th May.

In a news conference in Taipei this week, Wu said, “Support for us is stronger than in the past. Even though we still have not received an invitation letter for the assembly this year, we have not given up and continue to, through various channels, clearly express our demand to the WHO.”

Due to objections by China, which considers the island its own territory despite Taipei claiming it is independent, Taiwan is excluded from membership in most international organizations.

Taiwan started a diplomatic campaign to join the WHO’s annual meeting as an observer after China began blocking its World Health Assembly (WHA) participation in 2017.

Earlier this month, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken issued a statement encouraging the WHO to invite Taiwan as an observer, which was condemned by Beijing.

Meanwhile, the US, Australia, the UK, Canada, Germany, Japan, Lithuania, and the Czech Republic issued a joint statement reaffirming their support for Taiwan’s participation in the WHA as an observer.

“Taiwan’s isolation from the WHA, the preeminent global health forum, is unjustified and undermines inclusive global public health cooperation and security,” the statement said.

Despite being allowed to attend some technical WHO meetings, Taiwan stressed its exclusion from the WHO hindered efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Kirinyaga health officials on high alert following cholera outbreak

Health officials are on high alert following a cholera outbreak in Kirinyaga County.

Dr George Karoki, the county health executive, said seven cases have been detected this month in the Gacaru and Kwavii areas of Ndia constituency.

He said of the cases, one person has been treated and discharged while two others are in stable condition while undergoing treatment at Sagana Sub-county Hospital.

The other four are being monitored pending the results of their laboratory tests.

Dr Karoki noted that cases of cholera, a highly contagious disease, have been on the rise in many counties in recent times, requiring sustained public action to prevent and control the disease.

Following the outbreak, the county government has intensified campaigns against the spread of cholera.

The campaign includes community awareness through public barazas, health education in schools and the use of public address systems in urban centres and villages to share information.

The health executive said the campaign was a multi-agency initiative involving the national government and the Ministry of Education.

Decontaminating homesteads

Besides public health education, the department has also been decontaminating homesteads where cases have been reported.

“We are also providing aqua tabs to enable vulnerable households in the affected areas to treat their drinking water, while at the same time providing protective prophylaxis treatment to people who have been in close contact with cholera patients,” he said.

The CEC has also appealed to members of the public to ensure that they follow good hygiene practices such as washing hands with soap and running water, drinking treated or boiled water, eating well-cooked and hot food and disposing of faeces properly.
He also called on all food vendors to ensure that food is prepared

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On-the-ground support important to help youth get mental health care: President Halimah

SINGAPORE – There is still a lot of stigma associated with going to hospitals to seek mental health treatment. Hence, strong support within the community is needed, to ensure that young people with mental health concerns can get help.

President Halimah Yacob made these points on Wednesday during a visit to the Singapore Children’s Society, an organisation serving the needs of children and the youth. She said that treating mental health challenges is not a question of just medication or talking to doctors, but also support on the ground.

Even after one takes medication or receives treatment, there are moments in one’s life when one needs to seek help and wonders where to go, she added.

“We realise there is a gap in services in the community, so we wish to provide a continuum of care, from hospitals or clinics to the community, which is very much needed.”

Madam Halimah visited the society on Wednesday to get an update on a programme that aims to bridge the gap between care from hospitals and care within the community for youth with mental health concerns.

The President’s Challenge-Institute of Mental Health (PC-IMH) programme was launched in March last year to serve those between the ages of 13 and 19 with mild to moderate mental health symptoms.

Children’s Society was among four social service agencies (SSAs) helping the youth under the programme, alongside Club Heal, Singapore Association for Mental Health and Touch Community Services. The youth are referred to the SSAs by IMH. The four SSAs have received 40 referral cases since January.

Children’s Society shared on Wednesday that all 15 of its beneficiaries from the pilot programme displayed anxiety symptoms, and four in 10 have been exposed to potentially traumatic experiences. Four in 10 also are at risk of suicide

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