My free NHS Health Check

So now I have reached the ripe old age of 46 I was asked to attend my first free NHS Health Check.

Apparently, this is currently being offered for people every 5 years between the ages of 40 and 74 to assess the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, kidney disease or diabetes. The QRISK2 assessment took no longer than 20 minutes with the nurse at the local doctor’s surgery and took basic measurements such as age, sex, family history, height, weight and blood pressure along with a blood test to check cholesterol levels.

Thankfully, with adjustments in my lifestyle this year, with daily walking, cutting out the Coke Zero out of my diet and increasing my intake of fruit and vegetables, I think the result was quite favourable. My cholesterol level was low and my BMI appeared to be in the required healthy zone. The only result which seemed to be of concern were the blood pressure readings which appeared to be a little high. The nurse advised me that I would need to cut down on my salt intake to bring my blood pressure down. It is amazing the list of foodstuffs they have provided me with that are typically high in salt and a large proportion are the ones I love! 🙁 I think I need to start preparing my meals from scratch so that I am able to know better how much salt is in my diet.

My results were as follows:

Resting heart rate: 68 beats/min
Blood pressure: 162/98 mmHg
Body mass index: 23.4 kg/m2
Cholesterol:HDL ratio: 2.4
QRISK2 10 year risk score: 2.88%

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Petition: Work with UK Sport to reinstate GB badminton funding for the next Olympic cycle

Badminton is a sport very close to my heart and I find it deeply upsetting that the funding for this fantastic and unique racket sport is being cut completely on the run up to the next Olympics. This I find unbelievable when Great Britain managed to get a bronze medal in the Rio Olympics this year with the fantastic performance from Chris Langridge and Marcus Ellis in the mens doubles event.

Please sign the petition at the following address…

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/175561

So far we have over 15,000 signatures but we need many more!

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Kayaking for Cancer

Matt Fullick, a colleague of mine at BradleyDyer has volunteered himself, along with a couple of his chums, to do a charity kayak trip along the River Thames. He has never experienced kayaking before but has had to kit himself out to get ready for the charity event to be held on 28 May 2016. To be honest – rather him than me! They have all been training hard on the water each weekend for several hours to prepare themselves for the big day.

It will be a 45 mile trip from Henley on Thames to Kingston and all donations will be going to Cancer Research UK. They are hoping to raise a total of £2000.

To help them reach that target by making a donation please visit their JustGiving page at https://www.justgiving.com/t-cosford.

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Jo on the go…

Jo on the go… is a new company that my wife has set up to cater for local carers and small businesses who struggle to find time to dip into social media and general administrative tasks for their own businesses. She wanted something that looked bright and friendly with plenty of energy to reflect her persona; a simple straight forward approach to people and projects.

At the moment she is busy helping to prepare for the MGSO4 Epsom and Ewell Arts Festival which will be running from 24-26 June 2016 across Epsom and Ewell in Surrey. Click here to find out more information on all the events and tickets in the up-and-coming festival.

If you think Jo could help you with your business or organisation then please contact her via her website.

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Install Wizard – sure does a clean install

Well it is that time of year again! Birthday time for a fellow Point 6 work colleague and this year it is for Vijay – our IT and web guru. As usual I wanted to do something that would reflect what he does and something that was a little less run-of-the-mill. So after I heard Vijay and a colleague chatting about him being an ‘Installation Wizard’ I thought there might be some mileage in this for his birthday card.

So as a result of this, I set about setting up/redrawing a Mac installation progress bar for the front of the card with the title ‘Birthday Update’ and showing a progress bar that is nowhere near finished but has a time of zero days remaining – a little IT  joke in that progress bars, particularly those on PCs, when installing are never accurate! Just added a little touch like typical web file names and the number of items (people’s signatures) installed/signed inside the card.

Then on the inside I added my own personal message which was based on the first verse of the Pinball Wizard song by The Who with certain words substituted at key points along the way…

Ever since I was a young boy
I used a mouse which had a ball
From Queens Park down to Soho
I must have used them all
But I ain’t seen nothing like him
In any studio at all…
That Mac magician Vijay
Sure does a clean Install!

Happy Birthday! Install Wizard

Oh and I also produced a personalised mug for him to have at work…

install_wizard_mug

If you would like to the opportunity to buy one of these mugs then head over to my sister site wormjuice.co.uk where you’ll be able to pick one up!

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Mole Valley Arts Forum newsletter

Quite recently my wife became involved in a local arts organisation supporting other art, music and drama groups across the Mole Valley district in Surrey. This organisation aims to give arts a voice across the region and enables them to have a wider audience through various media channels such as Twitter and Facebook. Whilst supporting my wife in this role, I was involved in setting up the organisation’s quarterly newsletter. Initially set up to introduce the committee members, replacing its existing Word format, the newsletter is set up as an InDesign templated document with grids and style sheets for easier and quicker updates whilst retaining a professional and functional look. The online PDF which can be downloaded is also interactive making it more functional as a marketing tool.

Take a look at the latest newsletter on their website

If you are interested in this organisation and would like to get involved or just like their website please feel free to share, follow or even join!

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I can’t believe she’s *** forty!

My sister recently turned forty. Many congratulations I hear you say!?

To gather friends and family together to help celebrate her birthday she came to me to ask whether I was able to design the invitations for her. She required something a little bit different from the usual party invitation and wanted something along the lines that it was unbelievable that she was actually turning 40.

After a little bit of thought and scouring the internet for some ideas, I came up with the idea of loosely mimicking the margarine tub ‘I can’t believe it’s not butter’ using a similar pattern and typeface (Cooper Black) that is used on the packaging made by Unilever to produce a uniquely personalised invitation that would be difficult to miss.

40th_party_invitation

The invitations were mostly sent out via email and posted onto Facebook whilst a few people were sent invitations the conventional way by snail mail. I am pleased to say that she had a positive response from her invitations and she enjoyed her night as a result.

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